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Lots of people on Internet has some really interesting questions about Germany and, so far, we’ve been investigating some of the more interesting topics: From Hitler’s love for Fanta and drinking tradition to history of royalty and some academic habits, we’ve studied some interesting aspects of German history and culture.

However, some people have more mundane questions about Germany. Well, maybe less interesting, but a little more useful or practical than we discussed earlier. Questions like, “What do people in Germany eat for breakfast?” or “Why is the roof so steep in Germany?”

Now, if you’ve ever asked either of those two questions, you’re in luck, because today we’re going to answer both.

What do Germans eat for breakfast?

A German breakfast may not be as famous as a traditional English breakfast (or fry-up) or an American breakfast which is frankly quite horrendous (in this author’s opinion) of bacon, maple syrup and pancakes. This is probably the reason why so many people are curious about what people eat after waking up in Germany.

Breakfast is considered one of the most important foods in Germany, which gives rise to the German proverb: Eat your breakfast like an emperor, lunch like a king, and dinner like a man beggar (eat breakfast like an emperor, lunch like a king and dinner like a poor man).

German breakfast usually revolves around baked goods, which is reflected in the many bakeries found on street corners and on train and metro stations across the country. Bread or rolls are usually eaten with spreads such as butter, margarine, jam, honey or Nutella which are always popular.

Meat and cheese slices are another popular bread topping, as are eggs and quark (a soft, creamy dairy product amidst yogurt and cottage cheese). Muesli with milk or yogurt, topped with fresh fruit, is also a popular complement. All of this is usually washed down with tea, coffee, orange juice or milk, depending on your preference.

Why are German roofs so steep?

On your trip to Germany, you may have noticed that many houses have very steep roofs. In fact, so many people have noticed this that it is one of the most searched questions on Google about Germany.

The answer is actually very simple. Flat roofs can run the risk of collapsing in heavy snow, which can be too much a burden for the roof to bear. The steep roof eliminates this, so it snows right away.

However, this posed another problem: because the steep roof would allow large lumps of thick snow to slide and potentially injure passers-by. To solve this, therefore, the ingenious German roof designer incorporated a small “fence” that broke the snow into small lumps and allowed the melted snow to sink in.

The steep roof also allows for more living space or attic in the house.

Now you know

So there you have it, some of the most searched questions on the internet about Germany answered. Did we miss something? Of course, everyone has their own version of the perfect breakfast, so if you have any thoughts, let us know in the comments below!


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