You've cycled all morning, visited museums and castles 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:
meals are generally similar to other Western European meals. There is the occasional slightly bizarre dish such as
spaghettieis (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 cuisine - but that's just what is required when cycling.
perhaps an over-fascination with the pig, the majority of German menus offer a range of
soups (eg the wonderful goulash soup)
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.
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. In the Mosel you will find many menus translated into good
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.
Informal wine taverns, known as Strausswirtschaften, are good places to try traditional, home-made dishes and the local wines.