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. There is a break for discussions, tea/coffee and cake from 2:30 p.m. to 4 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. Snacks and sweets are provided in the cupboards on the right side of the entrance hall in the guest house.

Can I have wine or a beer?

A variety of beverages (non-alcoholic and alcoholic) is available at the cost price from the bar in the conference and library building and in the dining hall of the guest house.

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.

We have made the experience in the past, that these five categories usually meet the needs of most participants with culturally based diets, medically indicated diets, as well as diets chosen for other personal reasons. Nevertheless, please inform us, 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.

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.

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).

  • 2018