Delicious Words and Pastries: The German Bakery

Walking along the sidewalk on an early morning errand,  I turn and peek through the glass and into the small bakery, already bustling with people despite the early hour. Judging by the lines snaking out of the front door, I’m not the only one who finds the smells of cinnamon, sugar and baking bread in the morning irresistible! Here in Germany the bakery, “die Bäckerei,” is an important part of everyday life. Many Germans begin their day with a trip to the bakery for fresh bread and pastries, and as one of the few  businesses allowed to open on Sunday, bakeries are a popular Sunday morning spot for friends to meet and share a coffee. In addition to the famous breads and pastries, some of the larger German bakeries also serve breakfasts and lunches, as well as a variety of coffees and teas. Many also feature children’s play areas, making them an ideal meet-up spot for families. If you’re planning a trip to Germany in the future, we highly recommend a trip to the local bakery! Here are some of the delicious pastries you can expect to see.

Types of Pastries

  • Berliner– This famous German pastry is made of fried dough and resembles a doughnut without the hole. It is often filled with chocolate or jam and sometimes has a decadent topping, such as sugar or even chocolate candies.
  • Brezel (Pretzel)– This bread pastry needs little introduction. It’s a baked bread twisted into the famous pretzel shape and dusted with salt, and it’s delicious!
  • Puddingbrezel– Pretzel shape, different taste! A sweet pretzel shaped pastry filled with scoops of vanilla pudding.
  • Bienenstich– A dough based dessert topped with caramelized almonds and filled with cream or custard.
  • Franzbrötchen– This dessert from northern Germany resembles a croissant and is baked with cinnamon and butter. It oftentimes contains chocolate chips (my personal favorite!)
  • Schnecke– Yummy sweet bun, the name means “snail” in German due to it’s spiral shape. Comes with a variety of toppings, such as cinnamon, icing, baked apples, strudel and more.
  • Schwarzwälder kirschtorte– Another famous German dessert, known as “Black Forest Cake,” in English. Consists of chocolate cake with cherry filling, and decorated with whipped cream, cherries and chocolate pieces.
  • Zwetschgenkuchen– A delicious dough crust topped with pitted plums. A wonderful fruity cake for summer.
  • Käsekuchen– Cheesecake…different name, same delicious taste!

There are so many tempting options here, and oftentimes we often find ourselves leaving the bakery with one of each! Of course, once you finally do decide what’d you would like, you’re going to have to ask for it! And although many Germans do speak and understand English, they always appreciate it when someone makes the effort to use their language. Here are some common phrases that you may expect to hear, and some that you can use yourself.

Basic Bakery Vocabulary

  • Coffee= Kaffee
  • Bread= Brot
  • Cake= Kuchen
  • Good morning/Hello= guten Morgen/Hallo
  • Good day= guten Tag
  • I would like…= Ich hätte gern…
  • Please= bitte
  • Thank you= danke schön
  • Anything else?= noch etwas dazu?
  • the receipt= die Quittung
  • For here or to go? = für hier oder zum Mitnehmen?
  • Have a nice day= schönen Tag
  • Goodbye=tschüss

Yum! We hope that you’ve enjoyed this list. Now we’re ready to go to the bakery and get some pastries! Until next time!

Friday Flashcard: Spanish Halloween Words!

Hello everyone! Hope that you’re all having a good week and are ready for the weekend! We know that it’s still a little early, but we’re ready for it to be Halloween! Here in Germany Halloween isn’t really celebrated too often, but it is gaining in popularity in some areas. We think Halloween is a great excuse to get dressed up and eat a lot of candy. Some people prefer to dress casually, but some people love elaborate costumes and do an amazing job dressing up!  It’s one of our favorite holidays, and we think that it’s never too soon to review some Spanish Halloween words. So in preparation for Halloween, here is our list of spooky Spanish vocabulary words. Do you love Halloween as much as we do? Will you be dressing up this year? We hope that wherever you are, that you are ready for the weekend and are looking forward to your favorite holiday, whatever that holiday may be! Until next week!

the bat=el murciélago

the moon= la luna

the witch= la bruja

the candy= el caramelo

the ghost= el fantasma

the monster= el monstruo

the vampire= el vampiro

trick or treat= truco o trato

the spider= la araña

the spiderweb= la telaraña

the pumpkin= la calabaza

haunted house= la casa embrujada

costume= el disfraz

the mummy= la momia

Happy Halloween= Feliz Halloween

the cemetery= el cementerio

the skull= la calavera

Friday Flashcard: Spanish Post Office Vocabulary

Hello everyone, and happy Friday! Who doesn’t love to receive mail? While of course some mail is no fun at all (bills for example), there are times when receiving a piece of mail can really brighten your day. I love receiving packages, and the anticipation of  waiting for something ordered online is always fun! And although the dawn of email means receiving and sending significantly less snail mail than before, the holiday season will soon be here and for many people that means sending a lot of packages and holiday greeting cards. So for this week’s post we’ve gathered up a list of Spanish post office vocabulary words that might come in useful the next time you visit your local post office. And here’s what we came up with! Do you like to receive mail? Are you like many people we know who never send anything through the post office anymore? We hope that wherever you are that you are getting a good start to your weekend and are getting a chance to do something that you enjoy…and maybe even receive a great package or letter in the mail! Until next week!

the letter= la carta

the mailman= el cartero

the mail= el correo

the stamp= el sello

the scissors= las tijeras

the envelope= el sobre

the wrapping paper=el papel de regalo

the mailbox= el buzón

post office box= apartado de correos

zip code= el código postal

the box= la caja

to weigh= pesar

the address= la dirección

the package= el paquete

certified mail= correo certificado

registered mail= correo registrado

send a letter= enviar una carta

receive mail= recibir correo

pick up a package= recoger un paquete


Spanish Flashcard: Fall Colors Vocabulary

Hello everyone, and happy Saturday! Hope that you’re all getting a good and relaxing start to your weekend! Here in Germany we like to open the windows in the morning to let in the fresh air . So this morning when I woke up, I opened my curtains to let in the sun and open all of the windows in the house. And immediately I noticed something special. The leaves are changing colors! I love fall colors, and we’re finally starting to see some more of these vibrant reds, yellows and oranges in our neighborhood.  I know that when those leaves finally fall to the ground they’re going to be a lot of work to rake and clean up, but they are beautiful while they’re in the trees! So, inspired by all of these changing colors, I thought for today’s post it would be great to review some colors in Spanish. Not just fall colors, but many different colors! Here’s our list.

   Red= rojo

   Yellow= amarillo


 Purple= púrpura

 Golden= dorado

  Blue= azul 

  Pink= rosado

 Grey= gris

  Orange= naranja

  Brown= marrón

  Black= negro

  White= blanco

What is your favorite color? Do you love fall colors as much as I do? Here’s to hoping that wherever you are, that you are having a great day and are welcoming in the morning  with something special that inspires you. Until next time!