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"Trinkhalle" Top 5 Page for this destination Germany Restaurant Tip by Weissdorn

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by Weissdorn

A "Trinkhalle" in Germany literally means a "drinking hall". Ironically enough this type of establishment started at the turn of the century, and was sponsered by the industrial magnets, who were concerned about their workers. For those who had shift work, it was impossible to buy anything to drink during the evening hours that was non-alcoholic, and this was contributing to increased numbers of industrial accidents. The corporations like Krupp and Thyssen decided to open up little shops outside the factory gates that sold sanwiches and mineral water, where workers could get a cool drink of water and a bite to eat - hence the name "Trinkhalle" or "Trinkbude".
Today the not only sell everything from cigarettes to bubble gum, they still have water, along with beer, schnapps and wine, magazines and candy. The difference between a Kiosk and a Trinkhalle, is that a Kiosk can only sell the stuff - in a Trinkhalle you can stand around in a backroom and drink your beer or coke.

Favorite Dish: Since this is not a real restaurant, you cannot describe a favorite dish, but often they specialize is some sort of cold things, or dishes you can pop into the microwave, such as Börek, Frikadellen (Bouletten), Fischbrötchen, Käse- or Wurstbrotchen or even Hot Dogs.
This is usually the place in cities where neighbors trade gossip on Saturday mornings for an hour or two. Everybody can come here, including children. Germans don't care too much about smoking or consuming alcohol in front of children. Children, naturally, are not allowed to consume alcohol or tobacco.

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Theme: Grocery Store/Market

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  • Updated Nov 13, 2002
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