Frühstück – Just a German word for breakfast or more?

What is the meaning of Frühstück?

Frühstück is on the menu for the Thursday German class. What does it mean? Is it just the German term for breakfast or more? Germans love to start their day with a good breakfast, especially on the weekend. You either invite friends over for a shared Frühstück or go to one of the many cosy cafes you can find in Germany. It involves spending leisurely time and eating well while chatting.

What belongs to a typical Frühstück?

As most of my students either have German parents or relatives they know that a typical German Frühstück consists of more than a bowl of cereal or a slice of toast.  Breakfast in Germany is substantial and generous. It includes an assortment of jams, honey, chocolate spread for the children, a variety of cheeses and cold meats (such as salami, ham, liver pate), butter, muesli, yogurt, eggs, fruit, veggies and most importantly a good selection of bread and bread rolls (spelt, rye, sourdough, multigrain – you name it). Don’t forget to serve it with coffee or tea (best on tap), juices and Kakao (cold or warm milk with cocoa).


When in Germany my kids normally head out, either on their bikes or on foot, to fetch still warm bread rolls – Brötchen from the local bakery. Sometimes they also buy Laugenstangen (like a Bretzel in form of a small baguette) and Hörnchen (a small sweet wheat twirl bread) – my absolute favourite. In the meantime, you set the table in a fun and inviting way. I like to pick a nice table cloth, place fresh flowers in a jug and get my colourful platters and bowls out as well as my collection of mugs. Egg cups and spoons can’t be missed. Next put the kettle on. And then it’s time to boil the eggs to perfection, either soft – 4 minutes, 5 minutes or 7 minutes and rinsed under cold water – or rather hard boiled – 10 minutes. It’s an art and you better get it right! If you have it, get Oma’s homemade jam out. Make sure you don’t run out of rolls, coffee/tea or anything else. As I said: Germans like their Frühstück.

A table set for breakfast. Showing eggs, fruit, juice, cold meats, butter.

What do the German learning students eat for breakfast?

Asking the children what they like for their breakfast, they got excited listing boiled and fried eggs, yoghurt, chocolate spread on toast, Brötchen, salami, cereals, honey and good bread. They told me that German bread is quite different to the local bread. So, despite living far away from Germany, it seems that the breakfast culture is one to keep.

Karneval celebrations

On Monday Die Zaunkönige and their siblings celebrated Rosenmontag (Rose Monday), the highlight of the German Karneval. While in Cologne – one of the carnival strongholds in Germany – the carnival fools were waiting for the storm to subside, we were busy making colourful masks. Part of the “crazy” street carnival is to wear costumes, dance and watch the famous parade of fantastical floats make its way through the city.

Instead of my usual group of school children I had basketball players, a striking pink unicorn, a panda who must have escaped the zoo, a scary ghost and even an elf attending class.

children wearing masks and costumes
4 March 2019 – Children celebrating Karneval

All of them got right into the party games which included musical chairs, balloon races, dances and tennis and not to forget the ever so popular musical statues. To keep these hungry creatures happy, we fed them doughnuts. Traditionally it would have been Berliner Pfannkuchen, a similar pastry filled with jam.

The kids had so much fun celebrating Karneval that we extended our usual session by almost an extra hour.

Why learn German

I have asked this question my students of 8-14 years of age. The answers ranged from being able to communicate with my family abroad, read German books, watch German films, travel when I grow up, make new friends and my parents would like me to. The latter reason might not make any sense to a child at the time but once older they will enjoy the benefits. These might include the possibility to study at a German university, live in Germany or even more work for a German company.

German is an important second language not only in Central and eastern Europe but within Australia. It’s recognised as a language of culture, music, philosophy as well as a key language in the fields of science and technology. Being proficient in at least one of the world languages can open up greater academic and career opportunities.

Understanding the German language and culture is a key to interacting effectively with German speakers and helps provide a clearer understanding of the traditions, beliefs, attitudes and values of German speakers.

German classes for children in Brisbane

At Die Zaunkönige we offer small, interactive, friendly and fun German classes for children (ages 6+) in Brisbane. The classes are taught by a qualified native German teacher. You can find us at Cannon Hill State School on Thursdays after school.

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Students sitting in a classroom studying German at a school in South Brisbane.
Students learning German