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.