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Mahlzeit: Our Favorite Waldsee Foods

Published: January 21, 2020

At Waldsee, the immersion experience extends beyond language learning and into the kitchen. Our incredible Waldsee Küche (kitchen) staff makes delicious meals every single day from across the German-speaking world. From Wiener Schnitzel to Käsespätzle, villagers get a taste of a number of different regions of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Check out some Waldsee favorites below!

Zum Frühstück: das Muesli 


A morning classic is das Muesli -- similar to American cereal, it contains oats, cornflakes, nuts, and more! Eaten with either milk or yogurt, no bowl of Muesli is complete without the addition of the Mueslifreunde (Muesli friends), which include brown sugar, raisins, and chocolate chips. 

Zum Mittagessen: der Nudelsalat (pasta salad)


Der Nudelsalat is a popular dish in Germany and can be made in a variety of different ways, typically using vegetables like der Paprika (pepper) or die Erbsen (peas), meat, and a sauce or mayonnaise. We love Nudelsalat at Waldsee, which is often eaten either as the Hauptgericht (main dish) or Beilage (side dish) at lunchtime.

In der Pause: Schoggicroissants (chocolate croissants)

Eltern Frühstück

Every day, our in-house bakery team makes a wide variety of authentic pastries from across German-speaking Europe, from the Sachertorte (Sacher cake) to Apfelstrudel (apple strudel). The most popular snack at Waldsee Cafe is the Schoggicroissant, which can also be spotted at festivals and for sale on International Day in the Waldsee Pavillion. Fun fact: While many people associate croissants with France, croissants actually originated with the Austrian Kipferl.

Beim Fest: Döner

Wir Bestellen (und Essen) Döner

Waldsee holds several different festivals throughout the summer, from Oktoberfest to Maifest (May festival), and one of the most popular festival foods is the Döner kebab. Döner originates in Turkey and is typically made with shredded meat, onions, cabbage, tomatoes, and sauces. In German cities and towns, Döner stands and restaurants are not hard to find.

(Have a food allergy or dietary restriction? No problem -- please indicate this on your health form! A number ofWaldsee villagers are vegetarian and vegan, have nut allergies, or are gluten intolerant. We will accomodate your dietary needs while still making sure you experience all of the classic dishes.)


Don’t forget your appetite and get ready to learn more German in Summer 2020! We can’t wait to see you, whether it’s your first time at Waldsee  or coming back after decades for our Alumni Weekend, July 17-19.

Have you spent nearly a decade or more at Waldsee over the last 60 years? We would love to hear from you for a future blog post! Please fill out this form here if you are interested.

Additionally, we are collecting and digitizing photos from alumni in honor of our 60th anniversary this summer. If you have any photos you would like to share (particularly from the 80s and 90s), please send them to betreuerschaft@gmail.com.