Heavily influenced by the cuisines of its neighbours, Czech food is warm, filling and based predominantly upon meats and starches. The country as it exists today was once part of Germany's Hapsburg dynasty, with a region in the west, known as Bohemia, controlled by Austria's King Ferdinand I. This external rule led to the adoption of German and Austrian foods among the Czech people. Dishes such as goose, sauerkraut, dumplings and schnitzel are now considered Czech classics. Traditional cooking methods, such as preserving meat and making sausages, are still used today.