When in Germany, do like the Germans do; this is my mantra which I follow religiously. A German or “continental” type breakfast is not eaten every day at home, mostly on special days like weekends and religious holidays.
A typical German Breakfast are coffee, German crusty rolls, sliced bread, pastries, jam, jelly, cereal, yoghurt, fruit, wurst and cheese platter, and soft boiled eggs. Besides the coffee, there is always some type of juice, like apple, orange and/or grapefruit.
When most of the stores closed, the Bakeries are open every day at 7 am and are situated at most street corners. I am an early riser, that’s when I do my bakery run to buy my fresh Bötchens (fresh crusty rolls) and Hörnchen (croissants). When fresh, and sometimes still warm, thats when they are the best. I can’t help myself and take a bite out of the Schinkenstangen or Prosciutto twists on my way home.
Germans enjoy cold cuts and a bowl of Müsli, an oat cereal or unsweetened granola. Instead of pouring milk, the Germans start with a dollop of yoghurt, called Quark, then sprinkle the cereal with the honey for sweetening on top.
When eating a soft boiled egg like the Germans, you put it gently in a stand and crack the egg around its perimeter forcefully with a knife. Remove the top and lightly salt the egg. Occasionally you will see Rühreier, or scrambled eggs on the breakfast table.
The rolls would be spread with butter and German lunch meats or cheeses. It would be almost always open-faced, unless taken it to work or a picknick. Most bakeries are cooperating with butchers, and they do the same, to make a “Wurstbrötchen”, which is a roll with German lunchmeat to go.