Food and Beverages

When are the meals served?

Breakfast is from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., lunch at 12:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. For lunch and dinner, the Institute’s bell will ring and call you to come. The menu of the week is displayed at the info point in the dining hall. Please clear the tables after the meals and put the tableware back on the service trolleys.

What about some snacks in between?

Coffee, tea and cake are served daily (except for Wednesdays, when the hike takes place) from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. There’s always a fruit basket available at the bar in the dining hall. Additional snacks and sweets are provided at the cost prize in the cupboards on the right side of the entrance hall in the guest house. Please leave the respective amounts in the corresponding cash boxes.

Can I request special meals if I have dietary restrictions?

Our staff is highly engaged to consider different diets. However, due to limited personal resources this is only possible within a certain scope and with enough lead time. Please inform us prior to your stay on your dietary restrictions, two weeks ahead at the latest. You may choose one of these five categories, concerning lunch and dinner (breakfast is partly served as buffet):

  • Standard: Meals may include all kinds of vegetable and animal products.
  • Vegetarian: Meals exclude meat, fish, and seafood. Eggs and milk products may be included.
  • Vegan: Meals exclude all sorts of animal products.
  • Gluten-free: Meals exclude gluten.
  • Lactose-free: Meals exclude lactose.

Please inform us as well, if you have any specific allergies to individual foods and we can try to find a solution for you. Kindly note, that all meals are prepared with utmost care, to the best of our knowledge and based on information from our suppliers. Therefore, we assume no liability concerning traces of undeclared substances.

What other options do I have?

We kindly ask for your understanding, that our kitchen’s capacities are limited in offering more individual diets. In particular, it is hardly possible to consider individual preferences for or reluctances against specific foods. In order to meet as many tastes as possible, the composition of the meals varies over the week. If you remain really hungry after a certain meal, the following solutions may provide a short-term remedy: in addition to the above named options, there’s always a fruit basket available at the bar in the dining hall. Snacks and sweets are provided in the cupboards next to the dining hall and can be bought at the cost price. Long-term participants usually have a refrigerator in their accommodation and can store own food items there. A bakery and two restaurants are in walking distance of the Institute. Supermarkets can be found in Oberwolfach-Kirche and Wolfach (5-8 km distance).

Which drinks are offered?

Tea and coffee are available for free and can be obtained any time at the bar in the conference and library building and in the dining hall of the guest house. For lunch and dinner water will be served. Tea, coffee and juice will be served for breakfast. A variety of other beverages (non-alcoholic and alcoholic) is available at the cost price from the drawers at the bar in the conference and library building and in the dining hall of the guest house. Please leave the respective amount in the cash box or make an entry in the list of unpaid beverages.

Is the distribution of names at lunch and dinner random?

The distribution is random and furthers communication within the participants. In 1960 this arrangement of seats was taken to formulate a mathematical problem, the so called Oberwolfach Problem. You can find several publications on it on the Internet.

Do I have to tell you if I do not appear for meals?

Yes, please tell us in advance (at the guest office).