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A Typical German Breakfast Posted by on Mar 30, 2016 in Food

I find the day always starts off better when you have a good breakfast. In Germany you usually have a very simple breakfast consisting of German bread, various toppings (butter, jam, sausage etc), boiled eggs, coffee and juice. I personally love this style of breakfast as it’s a bit like a buffet and everyday you can pick something different!

Own photo.

In the morning you would walk to the bakery to pick up your bread/bread rolls. A few big chain bakeries are: Wimmer, Zöttl and Rischart. Depending where you live, there are also some bakeries that come to your door everyday selling their goods, which is of course very convenient. Here are a few examples of German bread:

das Vollkornbrot                                              wholemeal bread

das Dinkelbrot                                                  spelt bread

das Kartoffelbrot                                             potato bread

das Weißbrot                                                    white bread

die Semmel(n)                                                 breadroll(s)

die Breze(n)                                                       pretzel(s)

Das Kürbiskernbrot. The pumpkin seed bread. Photo by N-lane on Flickr. (CC BY 2.0)

Ein bayerisches Frühstück

In Bavaria they have a traditional second breakfast consisting of Weißbier (literally translates to “white beer”, is however wheat beer), Weißwürste (white sausages) mit süßem Senf (with sweet mustard) und Brezen (pretzels). It may sound odd to drink beer in the morning but the Bavarians see Beer as Lebensmittel (food) rather than alcohol! This would be eaten at around 10:30, after breakfast and before lunch, hence why it is called ein zweites Frühstück. If you’re interested on how to eat Weißwürste then take a look at Sandra’s post here.

To end with here is a list of typical foods to eat with your bread. Maybe this will help you start your day off well!

die Marmelade                                                                                the jam

das gekochte Ei/die gekochten Eier                                           the boiled egg(s)

die Butter                                                                                           the butter

die Wurst                                                                                            the sausage

die Salami                                                                                           the salami

der Brotaufstrich                  the spread (literally translated “bread spread”)

der Käse                                                                                              the cheese

der Frischkäse                                                                   the cream cheese

das (die) Radieschen                    the radish(es) – usually sprinkled with salt

die Tomate(n)                                                                                   the tomato(es)

die Traube(n)                                                                                    the grape(s)

der (die) A(Ä)pfel                                                                               the apple(s)

der Kaffee                                                                                          the coffee

der Saft                                                                                         the juice


Thanks for reading!


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About the Author: Larissa

Hello I'm Larissa. I live in Germany and I am half German and half English. I love sharing my passion for Germany with you through my posts! Apart from writing posts I teach fitness classes in Munich.


  1. jon green:

    OK, very confused by this post. I always heard Brotzeit used to describe a mid morning work break or snack around 10:30. I have never heard it to describe an actual breakfast. Both Wikipedia and use this definition. Is this a regionalism?

    • Larissa:

      @jon green Hi Jon,

      You’re right Brotzeit is eaten after breakfast! I used the word as it is basically the same as what one would eat for breakfast but I’ve taken it out to avoid any more confusion.

      Thanks for the comment 🙂

  2. donna:

    Having spent summer in Germany (Frankfort) with my mother and oma this is the norm. My mom and oma always ate this way.

    • Larissa:

      @donna Hi Donna,

      Thanks for the comment, I hope you enjoy eating breakfast like this as much as I do!


  3. Maynard Spitzack:

    Sehr interesstant! Danke. Ich Liebe brot!

  4. paulo:

    Nice blog, hmm tasty!