Constance Food

You've cycled all morning, visited museums and churches all afternoon, you've slept well and woken up hungry.  What's for breakfast?  Breakfast in a German hotel will tend to include coffee or tea, the usual cereals, boiled eggs, dried meats (ham, salami), bread (possibly including pumpernickel) and cheeses. 

 Now the most important meal of the day is out of the way, let's consider the rest:


 German meals are generally similar to other Western European meals.  There is the occasional slightly bizarre dish such as spaghetti ice (which is ice cream forced through a sieve so it looks like spaghetti), deep fried Camembert or cream of tomato soup with an iceberg of whipped cream floating on the top.  The country has a reputation for producing meals that are hearty rather than haute cusine - but that's just what is required when cycling. 

 Despite perhaps an over-fascination with the pig, the majority of German menus offer a range of

  • salads
  • soups (eg the wonderful goulash soup)
  • meat or fish as a main course with vegetables (eg schnitzel, which is veal - usually - beaten thin and fried in bread crumbs)
  • potatoes or noodles
  • puddings ranging from pancakes to doughnuts.

 Vegetarian dishes are widely available and understood (so you should not find meat based gravy in the dish).  Here is one of the best German food translation guides we have found.  Around the lake you will find only a limited number of menus translated into good English.  You will also find local products in season so if you are there in May expect to find "Spargel" (asparagus) in every restaurant and look out for strawberries later in the year.

 Germany has benefited by the import of other national cuisines so you will find Greek, Italian, Chinese and Indian restaurants in larger towns.  It is a generalisation but the first two are more likely to be of high quality. 

 All around Lake Constance are fish restaurants, some of which have an excellent repuation and prices to match.  But the local food is not all about fish.  You will find the following on most menus:

  • kretzer (perch)
  • zander (pike-perch)
  • trout or a platter of various types
  • maultaschen (pasta parcels filled with sausage meat and served with onions)
  • Kässesätzle (cheese spätzle noodles)
  • Wurstsalat (sausage meat salad) 


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