German Food and Drink

Conrad Freethy 
by our Germany expert Conrad Freethy

Eating & Drinking in Germany

If you are looking for a meat feast, then Germany is the destination for you. Pork, beef & various game meats are all popular, but it is pork that you will find everywhere, often in sausage (wurst) format. Indeed, there are several hundred different types of sausage in Germany... a figure that easily eclipses any other sausage eating country. Today, a growing Turkish population is also increasingly influencing culinary preferences and foods from Turkey such as the doner kebab now widely available.

Of course you can still find plenty of vegetables in Germany with cabbage being a particular favourite. Sometimes an acquired taste for foreigners or tourists, the pickled cabbage known as sauerkraut offers a unique flavour that works well both cold as a salad or warm as a main course accompaniment. White asparagus (spargel) is also prolific in Germany and if you visit in Spring or early Summer you are likely to come across entire festivals and menus devoted to the Royal Vegetable.

No German meal is complete without a good bread or roll and the choices available can be bewildering at times. Rye, whole grain, sunflower, multi-grain, pumpkin, onion, pumpernickel... the list goes on and on, and in many ways bread is even more important in Germany than in France.

And if you are tasting a good bread, then you will need a decent beer or wine to wash it down. Again, Germany comes up trumps with some excellent wine regions, including the famous Riesling, but it’s the beer that has become best known of all. Hundreds of different beers are brewed across Germany and so to taste as many as you can, why not try one of the many beer festivals such as the massive Oktoberfest in Munich. Munich, Stuttgart, Straubing, Hannover, Bremen and many other towns and cities offer similar beer festivals where the beer flows freely, as does the friendliness and conviviality of both the German people and the tourists.

See below for some German language words and phrases to help you find your perfect holiday meal in Germany...

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Useful Phrases when Eating Out
English German
Do you have a table? Hast du einen Tisch?
are you ready to order? Sind Sie bereit zu bestellen?
What is it? Was ist das?
how much is it? wieviel kosten sie?
I would like ... Ich mochte…
The day's special Das Gericht des Tages
And to drink? Zu trinken?
Beer Ein Bier
A bottle of red wine Eine Flasche Rotwein
orange juice Orangensaft
A jug of water Eine Karaffe Wasser
sparkling / still gas / ohne Gas
Tea tee
Coffee der Kaffee
With milk mit Milch
cheers Prost
I'm vegetarian Ich bin Vegetarier
I'm allergic to ... Ich bin allergisch gegen
It was very good es war sehr gut
the bill/check, please Die Rechnung, bitte


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