There’s nothing wrong with the tap water here. A little bit scaly, but perfectly fine to drink. But no-one does and, in the spirit of fitting in, neither do we now very much. We started drinking bottled water at J and W’s when we stayed there and, well, I guess in Germany if you had people come around to your house and you didn’t have something bottled and fizzy to offer, it would be a bit off.
So, we go to one of THOUSANDS of drinks shops in Germany – this one is called “Trink Paradies” – yep, Drink Paradise. It mainly sells water, soft drink, beer and wine. This is in inside – and outside there are thousands more stacks of drinks waiting for floorspace.
Buy it anywhere
You can also buy bottled water in bulk from other shops, supermarkets, and even their version of Mitre 10 has a huge section for drinks! Get your decking timber, nails and your beers for after the job’s done – sweet.
Pay for the water… and the bottle
Pretty much anything you buy in a bottle will have a Pfand as part of the price – it’s basically a refundable deposit for the bottle. For example, a 750ml of sparkling water is 60 cents, of which 15 cents is the Pfand. After a while, you get into a process of bringing your crates of empties to the shop, they count them and write you a slip, then you grab your new supplies and they take the refund off the price of your purchases.
How much gas?
In your bottled waters, you can buy different levels of fizz, and even one called “Sports water” (I haven’t worked out what’s sporty about it, it’s just water). Most of them are bottled from local springs as well. We favour Gemminger, from Gemmingen, and I’m a fan of lightly sparkling. In fact, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen still water at Trink Paradies… I must look next time I’m there.
Do we have room in our little fridge for all this water? No way – but no-one ever puts it in the fridge. It’s always room temperature and it actually tastes better that way.
Too much gas!
There’s a fairly predictable side effect about all this gas entering the children’s digestive systems. And you can imagine that when you are 13 or 10 years old, it is pretty funny. Turns out when you’re 41, it’s still pretty funny so I’m afraid to say I am hardly discouraging their efforts.
Like most food staples here in Germany, it’s pretty cheap. Below I have 24 bottles of water, 12 of lemonade, 24 beers and a wine for €25. I’m just off home to stash it in my other German domestic staple – my cellar.