Table Manners In Germany

Mastering table manners is the primary step towards being gracious and cultured. When arranging your cutlery in the incorrect place after a meal, chopping the lettuce in your salad, and even putting your hands under the table as you eat may seem inoffensive at home and in the companionship of those you know. But it can be really embarrassing in other countries. To protect you from any kind of discomfort and save you from the conspicuous looks from those around you, we deliver you a quick and comprehensive guide to basic table manners around the world!

We are doing a series of Table Manners of around the world. And if you have missed the previous ones check the one on ItalyFrance and Japan. Today it is dedicated to Germany. So here we go.



– Arrive on time; the idea of ‘fashionably late” doesn’t apply to German dining etiquette!

– It is customary for the host to say “Guten Appetit!”, and it is suggested you wait for the same before you begin eating as part of their dining etiquette

– Hold the fork in your left hand and the knife in your right; after the meal is done, place the fork and the knife parallel to each other on the right side of your plate. This is considered basic table manners of this place. The tips should point to the ten o’clock position.


– Eat with your hands at all; the concept of ‘finger food’ is definitely not literal in Germany. Eating with the right cutlery is basic table manners.

– Cut up all of your meat at once; cut up bite-sized pieces, eat it, and then proceed to cut out the next piece and so on. Pushing big chunks into your mouth is not considered good eating etiquette

– Leave the napkin on your chair, if you leave the table during the meal for any reason. You can keep it next to your plate as part of basic table manners

These are a few does and don’ts of dining in Germany. We hope it was somehow helpful for you. If you have learnt something from these let us know in comments and stay tuned for table manners from other countries.

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