Fun German Food Facts


German food is rich in tradition, taste and history. While many of us enjoy an occasional savory dish of sauerbraten, a grilled bratwurst or heavenly piece of apple strudel, how much do we really know about German food and its traditions? We have compiled a list of some fun and interesting facts about German food and food related customs and traditions from the past to the present.

  • Pork is the most consumed meat in Germany.
  • “Kaffee” is similar to the British tea time. This is a break taken by German folks sometime between lunch and dinner, to enjoy a cup of coffee and a piece of cake, or cookies.
  • Lunch is known as “Mittagessen” Traditionally, German families eat their main meal during the day, between noon and two in the afternoon. However, many families now eat their hot meal in the evening.
  • Soups play an important role on the German menu. Light soups as a starter, or hearty soups and stews as the main dish are always on a menu at a restaurant.
  • The traditional German dinner consists of bread, cold cuts, cheese, salads, pickled vegetables, canned fish, or even leftovers from lunch. However, over time, more Germans enjoy a hot meal for dinner.
  • The most typical fast food eaten in Germany is similar to the food consumed in the United States. They often choose burgers, pizza and fries from well-known chains such as McDonald’s, Burger King and Pizza Hut. A more traditional choice is a Bratwurst served with a bread roll (Brötchen).
  • Wurst – refers to all types of sausage and from Nueremberg to Thuringia, almost every region has their special recipe for bratwurst.
  • Brot means bread. There are more than 300 kinds of bread available in Germany.
  • Brötchen, Semmel and Schribbe are different names for a bread roll, depending on the region you are in.
  • Schnellimbiss is the name for fast food outlet selling bratwurst, hamburgers and other snacks.
  • You typically do not have to wait for a seat at a restaurant unless it is a particularly fancy restaurant. You can simply find a table that is free. At bars, in cafés and in informal crowded restaurants, it is perfectly okay to sit down next to strangers!
  • When you cross your knife and fork on your plate, it means you are merely pausing. Laying your knife and fork side by side means you are finished, and the waiter may come and take your plate away.
  • Many cherished Christmas traditions celebrated today around the world actually originated in Germany. Popular Christmas carols like “Silent Night” and “Oh Tannenbaum,” gingerbread cookies and candy canes — even the iconic Christmas tree have come to North America by way of Germany.
  • There are more than 1000 breweries in Germany.
  • Germany is among the top three nations of beer drinkers, along with Ireland and the Czech Republic.
  • Germany is also known for its wine production. There are a number of wine regions in the country, but the most famous include the Rhine, Main, Mosel, Saal and Elbe river valleys.

If all of these German food facts have got you thinking about German food and a refreshing German beer, stop into Bierhaus to indulge your cravings today!