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The various definitions of the Weißwurstäquator: 1) The Speyer line (green), 2) the river Main line as the frontier of Prussian hegemony before 1871 (red), 3) the 49° latitude (black).
Weißwürste mit Brezn und süßem Senf (white sausages with Pretzels and sweet mustard)

The Weißwurstäquator (German pronunciation: [ˌvaɪsvʊɐ̯stɛˈkvaːtoːɐ̯] (About this soundlisten), white sausage equator) is a humorous term describing the supposed cultural boundary separating Southern Germany from the North, especially Bavaria from Central Germany.

It is named for the Weißwurst sausage of Bavaria, and has no precise definition. A popular one is the linguistic boundary known as the Speyer line separating Upper German from Central German dialects, roughly following the Main River; another is a line running further south, more or less along the Danube, or between the Main and the Danube, roughly along the 49th parallel north circle of latitude.

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  • Duden Deutsches Universalwörterbuch , 6th edition, ISBN 3-411-05506-5 (in German)

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