Westphalia is a region that is home to numerous culinary specialities. The Westphalian Five - Schinken (ham), Mettwurst (soft smoked sausage), Pumpernickel (a dark rye bread), Stuten (a sweet white bread) and Korn (corn schnapps) - stand for traditional products that still exist today. Whether by bike, horse, car or Shank's pony, there are countless opportunities for visitors to experience the diversity of the region during a trip through Westphalia, the Land of Ham, and enjoy its culinary pleasures. The Schutzgemeinschaft Westfälische Schinken- und Wurstspezialitäten e. V. warmly invites you to do this.

Westphalia, the Land of Ham
Welcome to Westphalia, the Land of Ham
and Germany's traditional gourmet region.

The origins of this great flavour and experience

The Münster Lowlands, which make up the largest part of Westphalia, lie bordered by mountain ranges and are found between Münster, Siegen, Minden and Paderborn. This landscape, characterised by fields dotted with picturesque half-timbered farmsteads as far as the county of Bentheim, is the home of Westphalian ham on the bone. Every farmyard here has an outbuilding where peasant families used to keep pigs for their own private use. The experience of centuries still forms the basis for the traditional yet modern production of Westphalian ham on the bone today.

Westphalia, Land of Ham