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Food and drink

Germany is known for its good food. From informal finger food to down-to-earth home-style cooking and the subtlest dishes, there is something of everyone. Each state and region has its own food and drink specialities.


Most restaurants in Germany hang their menu and price list in the window next to the entrance. This way you can decide whether the selection of dishes and their prices suit your taste. When you enter a restaurant you can usually select a table yourself.

If you've met a group of friends, the waiter will normally ask whether you'd like to pay separately or together. Service is included in the price, but a tip is usual. Depending on the amount of the bill, it is rounded up by one or two euros. In more exclusive restaurants around 10% of the bill is usual.


Meat is an important component of German cuisine. Pork is preferred to beef throughout the country. Depending on the season, dishes with poultry (turkey, duck, chicken) or game (venison, boar) are on offer. Meat is usually roasted or grilled. Side dishes are potatoes, potato dumplings, bread dumpling, noodles or rice. There are many varieties of sausage, made from beef, pork and veal with various spices. They are roasted, grilled or just heated up.


Vegetables play an important role in our daily diet nowadays, and the selection of organic vegetables is therefore constantly growing in Germany. Depending on the season, ingredients for salads, stews or side dishes are available. Different types of cabbage (cauliflower, red cabbage, sauerkraut, Brussels sprouts) are particularly important for traditional German cooking, especially in winter.

Baked goods

It's been said that German bread is the best in the world. And it's true. Nowhere else are there so many different types of bread and rolls, from white to dark, and nowhere else are so many different types of grain used to make it. Bread here in Germany is not only delicious, it is also very healthy.


Germany is the land of beer. There are more than 1,200 breweries all over the country, producing more than 5,000 different beers in various flavours. For almost 500 years the German purity law has provided the basis for the quality of the beer. Each region has its own special beers, and every city has at least one locally produced beer. In Dresden and the surrounding area »Radeberger«, »Feldschlösschen« and »Freiberger« are among the best-known types.


German white wines – in particular – have an excellent international reputation, especially Riesling. There are 13 different growing regions covering 100,000 hectares in Germany, and Saxony is one of the smallest and most northerly of these. The wine region stretches along the Elbe from Pirna to Pillnitz, Dresden, Radebeul and Meißen. Typical grapes in Saxony are Weißburgunder, Grauburgunder and Müller-Thurgau as well as Riesling.

Tap wat

Tap water is drinkable and of good quality throughout Germany. Water is considered a provision and as such is regularly checked.