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Visit Germany – The DON’Ts of Visiting Germany

Visit Germany – The DON’Ts of Visiting Germany


Hey there, fellow travelers.
Mark here with Wolters World. Today we’re in Munich and today we have for you
the DON’Ts of traveling to Germany. There are so many things you should do like
visit Munich here, going to Berlin or the Harz Mountains. There are so many great things to do here but there’s a few cultural DON’Ts you should know. So when you come here
you can have a better time. And the first DON’T I have for you is: Don’t assume Germans are these
cold, unfriendly, uncaring people that we’ve kind of been taught
by stereotypes throughout the years. Germans are actually really wonderful people. They’re helpful, they’re kind,
they’re honest, extremely honest, and the thing is to see that you
need to ask them for your help. Ask them for some guidance and
they’ll be glad to help you. And that’s the thing, as some people
think “Oh, German service isn’t very nice”. Well the thing is, German service is very professional. And if you ask them for help I guarantee they will know the entire background of every meal you have and everything in the shoe store all kinds of stuff. They’ll be able to help you. But don’t think that they’re
these cold-hearted people because Germans really care super nice and if you make a German friend
I guarantee they will be with you until the end, they make the best friends ever. So the first thing is: “Don’t think they’re bad people”. Now my second DON’T for you is: Don’t cross against the light,
you know, don’t jaywalk. Germans really really really really really like their rules and they really really really really really
don’t like people breaking them. And that will mean tourists as well. And one of the biggest things is:
Crossing when the light is red. They don’t like that.
I lived multiple years in Germany. Three years in Germany and there
has been quite a few times where a grandma, an Oma, stops me and says: “Hey. Bei Rot musst du stehen,
bei Grün darfst du gehen”. which means: by red you stay,
by green you’re allowed to go. That’s one of the things, Germans do like those rules but the biggest one that a tourist doesn’t want to do is don’t jaywalk. Also, you can get a fine for that, so you know heads-up on that one. Now, our third tip for you
has to do with the Pfand, the deposit. Don’t just throw away your bottles
like your big bottles or cans and don’t just leave your Christmas
market mugs and stuff like that out because you have to put a deposit
on a lot of these things. For example, if you are at the Christmas markets and you get those cute mugs
that everyone loves to get. Look, usually you’re going to be
paying between €3 and €5 for the deposit on those mugs and if you walk off with it:
Great you have a cool souvenir. But the thing is, do you really want
eight of the exact same mug, for example, we were here in Munich and we got
Glühwein and Kinderpunsch, the children’s version of it. And there was eight of us. So that was 5, 10, 15, 20, 30, 40 euros of a deposit. And I’m like: “Whoa.” And I got to use the €100-note
that I’ve never got to use before, just on the deposit and make sure
you’re turning those things in. Don’t just throw it away because it
actually does add up after a while. So, save those. Now my fourth tip for you is: If you’re invited to go to a German’s house because, you know what,
if they like you they probably will invite you they are really nice like that but if you’re going to go to their house don’t forget to bring either
flowers or wine or candy. Okay, that’s kind of typical thing you bring over there. Also, don’t wear your shoes inside. When you come in take your shoes off. Sometimes they even have house slippers for you when you get there for their guest
but it’s kind of rude to have your shoes on inside the house. Just know that. So, make sure you do bring something to their house if you get to be, you know, if you get really like really invited their house it is really cool. Now the fifth DON’T I have for you is specifically for tourists that I’ve seen a lot lately what I’ve been
traveling through Germany. Especially Berlin. People being using
the Jewish Memorial in Berlin, you know, the stone blocks and stuff, kind of like a parkour course or this is the place to make the coolest selfies in Berlin and people are climbing on them, jumping across them, doing silly pictures, duckface. It’s a Jewish… It’s a memorial
to dead Jewish people. What the hell… what is wrong with you? This is not something you do. You don’t do that. Also the concentration camps where I’ve seen more and more people doing their duckface selfies. “Look. This is
where they burned everybody.” I’m like: “Are you kidding me?” So, please have respect for people when you go to the concentration camps
and memorials and things like that. Because the Germans show respect
for the horrible things that happened and we as tourists need to
do a better job as well. So, don’t be a tool when you’re visiting some
of these concentration camps and memorials, alright? Now, my sixth DON’T for you is: Don’t wait. Whether it’s a line or you’re ordering food, you don’t wait in Germany. Germans are go, go, go. We are very
efficient, we want to get things done. So you’re going to be on time for things, alright. Very punctual is important but for a tourist when you go to restaurants, what you need to do is, when they give
you the menu looking at right away so you can order right away. Because it’s not like in the U.S. where
they come back every two minutes to see is anything out, do you need anything now. They come when they come. So, you get that chance make sure you do place your order, get your drinks and your food and things like that and when you want to get your bill you ask for the bill. They’ll come right away with their big wallet, okay, and you pay them right there and when you pay them you’ll say… Let’s say it’s a €27 bill you’ll say 30. You just say the
total amount you want to pay and they’ll put that down for you.
So they give you the change back from that. But don’t wait like once they
seat you, give you the menu, it’s time to order when they come and ask. Because when you wait, you might wait a long time. Now my seventh DON’T for you is: Don’t experiment on the Autobahn. I know Autobahn sounds really cool, driving without speed limits. Well, I’ve driven on the Autobahn before. There’s a reason why go on public
transport. It can be really scary because we’re going about
a 100 mph, about 160 kph, and we’re going… we’re in the right lane because there’s BMWs and Mecedes going very fast. And they seem to go by like “wow”. And it’s kind of dangerous when you’re out there, especially if you don’t know what you’re doing. So please, if you’re not comfortable with these fast speeds make sure you
don’t experiment on the Autobahn. Stick with the public transport,
it will take you everywhere here which is so awesome about Germany. Now, my eighth DON’T for you is: Don’t expect to shop on Sundays. Most of Germany is closed on Sundays
except for museums and restaurants. So if you want to your shopping kind of stuff, if you’re here for a long weekend, do it on Friday or Saturday because
on Sunday a lot of stuff is closed. Now, the things that usually
tend to be open on Sundays, things that are attached the train station,
so there’s a mall attach the train station that will probably open also in December. They’ll have the Sunday hours, a lot of places but just don’t… basically on Sunday everything is basically closed. Also on Mondays a lot of museums are closed. So if you are going to do a long weekend weekend including that Monday,
make sure you check and see say: “Hey, let’s do our tourism stuff on Saturday
and Sunday and doing shopping on Monday. My ninth DON’T for you is: Don’t forget to have cash. Germans, yes they have credit
cards but they prefer cash. Yes. Have your euros ready. There’s ATMs all over
the place you can use but you really want to have cash with you because they don’t accept
credit cards everywhere. A lot of places they do and a lot of times
you have a chip card, you know, for your credit cards and stuff like that. For everything to work but just know that cash
is king here in Germany. So don’t forget to keep
some with you just so you have it. And my tenth DON’T for you is: Realize that you don’t just see
half-timbered houses here. Germany is not just a stereotype of
half-timbered houses and beer halls. There’s so much more to Germany. Whether you’re going to Berlin where they have
the Potsdamer Platz and all this new stuff there. When you’re here in Munich
where the tech stuff is booming or Hamburg which is a rebuild city. You have all these cool
modern cities here in Germany and it’s not just half-timbered houses and the thing is: You can see the half-timbered houses.
Quedlinburg, Wernigerode, Goslar and the Harz Mountains.
My heart falls in love with that place. Here in Bavaria, go to Regensburg,
Bamberg or Oberammergau. You can get that old Germany but also
a very modern Germany as well. So make sure you explore both sides. Don’t just try to think it’s going to be half-timbered
houses but experiment all the wonders of Germany. Anyway, I hope this helps you out
of a better time when you are here in Germany. If you have other DON’Ts about German culture,
please put in the comments section below. So we can have more help for awesome travelers. It looks like things are picking up
here in Munich in the morning, so I’m going to take off and I’ll say “Auf Wiedersehen” or until we see each other again. Here at Wolters World.
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until we see each other again, from Munich. Tschüss. Bye.


Reader Comments

  1. In the words of Basil Fawlty don't mention the …..Also don't ask a German to tell you a joke. Because humour is not common there !!

  2. Du bist in Deutschland wenn du in einer beruhigen, seelenlosen Nebenstraße morgens um 3 Uhr, 2 Minuten an einer roten Ampel stehst.

  3. In Deutschland gibt es nicht nur ein Rechtsfahrgebebot sondern auch ein Rechts geh-gebot, wenn du in einer vollen Fußgängerzone auf der linken Seite nach unten gehst kann es schon mal Beschimpfungen geben,, rechts runter, links hoch, die Mitte ist für "Spurwechsler" frei zuhalten die ein Laden auf der gegenüberliegenden Seite aufsuchen möchten, willkommen in Deutschland

  4. Für die Kindererziehung bleibt man bei Rot an der Ampel stehen, am späten aber Laufe ich auch einfach Mal bei Rot über die Ampel;))

  5. Comment on the jew-memorial Part. The artist who made the memorial in Berlin said he wants people to make weird selfies. Idk why but those Selfies are on purpose, not disrespectfull

  6. It is always funny to see your own country as a tourist… but this video is nice and describes a lot things pretty precisely. From me a "Dankeschoen!"

  7. Hmmm… also wenn man bei Freunden, oder der Familie, zu Besuch ist erwartet niemand, dass man (als Gast) die Schuhe auszieht!
    Habe ich selbst noch nirgendwo erlebt oder von anderen gehört!
    So etwas würde ich selbst auch von meinen Gästen niemals erwarten! Ich würde die vermutlich eher dumm und verwirrt angucken, wenn die ihre Schuhe ausziehen!
    Also von dieser Regel habe ich jetzt zum ersten Mal gehört!

  8. Rule # 11: Don't ever say "Tschüss" while you're in Bavaria. Each region in Germany is very proud of its own culture. And especially we Bavarians are one of our kind. In Bavaria we say "Servus" which means "I am your servent". You can also say "Servus" to greet someone. But "Tschüss" sound so wierd to us.
    Rule # 12: You need to complain about everything. The weather, the temperature, your bosses, your family. Even if you have nothing to complain about, just do it. Just don't disrespect your conversation partner.
    Rule # 13: Do not grab the first beer you can get. Just because a beer is popular doesn't mean it is good. There are so many local breweries here in Germany that don't sell their beer all over the country. So inform yourself befor you order some beer. And further: Oettinger is not a beer, it is actually pee.
    Rule # 14: Don't expect all Germany to be on time every time. Our trains are never on time. So if you're going to take a train to get somewhere just make sure you plan enough time.
    Rule # 15: Our bureaucracy is the worst you will ever see. That is mostly based on the fact that the majority of those people don't to their jobs because they like it but because they can't be kicked off.
    Rule # 16: Do not simply cook or eat somthing you think it is popular. Mostly we have very special rules how to cook or eat something. For example, you always have to order "Weißwürste" in pairs and don't ever eat it with Ketchup. You eat it with sweet mustard or at least medium-strengh mustard. And don't ever put the into a pan!! Just ask if there is a special way to cook or eat thomething if you're not sure. This is very important to us.

  9. Uhm. Maybe add that you don't eat Weißwurst with knife and fork, you kind of suck the meat out of it…?
    Mhm. And we do like our privacy, so no touching us, filming or taking pictures of us without permission… Especially when it comes to kids!

  10. It came as a shock for me that you must pay mainly with cash! My initial thought was: "Oh, it's Germany! It is extremely developed country with big cities and lots of people and tourists. Surely you can pay with Mastercard/Visa/whatever card everywhere!" And then you just… don't. Tipping was also something I didn't expect, I always figured it was a very American/Mediterranean thing to do.

    And this comes from a Finn. I'm so used to pay with a card everywhere I can hardly remember when was the last time I used cash. And you never tip in Finland, no matter if you were in restaurant, public toilet or market. We are simple people here, you only pay the price set on the product, nothing more, nothing less. XD Unless you pay with cash in which case the total sum might be rounded to the next 0,05 or 0,10, because we don't use 1 and 2 cent (€) coins. 😀

  11. it is true that many Germans are very friendly and if you once a friend they stay a lifetime as a dog of a bone with you suspected (I may say that I'm German😂) at red on the traffic lights to go here means a lot there are many people who really look damn bad look at you when you do that was me with the Christmas market mugs not so aware but I understand you honestly I would not be stupid enough to give 5 € deposit but also nice that you want that bring us humans wine or sweets but this is usually only on special occasions or meetings makes sense I think I'm the most unpunctual German there is when I drive in peace again 162 mph and someone pulls out with 80 mph puking me on the gas or leave it

  12. 👮‍♂️Germany Don't # 10
    Don't think "Every German Speaks English!" 🙊
    At first, ask her/him "Do You Speak English?"

  13. I'm German, I've seen a lot of this type of video about Germany, and this is the first one I agree with 100%
    Kudos for calling out the lunatic goddamn BMW drivers

  14. Greatings from Lübeck. If you come back to Lübeck you must go with an insider, to see real Lübeck and not only Cardmotive. Many is right but many is wrong to. North is other than south or west or east. Germany at the Coast are very different to the rest. Moin can you there say every time at the coast, near the coast moin moin, outside the coast moinsen.

  15. We love USA to, but we don't like Genfood, Chlorchicken and unnatural mead with hormones. We like privascy and dislike Patriot Act and Cloud Act. We love our culture and our uneritten Act.

  16. I actually know noone who wants me to enter their flat without shoes. But the rest seems kinda legit. 🤗

  17. As an American who has been living in Germany for 30+ years I gotta say … the vast majority of this is just plain wrong and/or stupid.
    Quite a disservice to both Americans and Germans.

  18. I’m from germany haha das ist soo lustig and the thing with the traffic lights isn’t quite true i actually go often when it’s red so its always true

    And there where Freiburg my hometown 😂😂💪🏼

  19. I love seeing that people who are not from Germany love our train system and all Germans I’ve ever met including me hate it😄

  20. You made some good points in this video, but Germany is like every other country on this planet. You'll meet friendly people, unfriendly people and people who are not really one or the other. Over-generalising is never a good thing when it comes to tourist videos.

  21. Wie viele deutsche neidisch sind das Bayern der schönste Teil ist😂

    Ja sorry aber Bayern ist mit Mecklenburg eben Reicher als ihr und hat mehr Land als ihr, interessantere Kultur als ihr und schönere Städte also basdaaaa.

    Übrigens sind wir Freistaat Bayern nee😊

  22. 2 weitere Fakten über Deutschland!

    1. Keiner gönnt dir was und kann dich in dem Moment nicht leiden wo du mehr hast aber hätte mit dem selben Erfolg eine andere Einstellung.

    2. Unfreundlich sind sie meistens immer, wenn du ihnen spontan hallo auf der Straße sagst denken Sie wo bist du bitte ausgebrochen?

    Und antworten dir nicht.

    Komisch in Holland kriegt man das alles solide hin.. okay ich will jetzt auch nicht die bevormunden ich mein sie kaufen jede Woche bei uns ein und vergießen Tränen sobald der deutsche Geld dafür will.

  23. First don't: Don't think in stereotypes!
    2nd don't: Stereotype about germans liking their rules being strictly followed.

    I mean, come on! Yes, there are probably more people than elsewhere who are strictly obeying the traffic lights, but there are also many people ignoring them when there is no car nearby.

  24. really, you have to ask your people to not be disrespectfull to gased jewish people? I really ask myself who is the bad one here!

  25. Dont raise one arm.

    A singer from Belguim yeld once "put one arm up" confused Germans everywhere. And then the other hand.

  26. Also ich laufe fast immer über rot und meine Flaschen lasse ich meistens auch (für die penner) liegen. Wurde noch nie angeschnauzt.
    Aber das mit den Schuhe ausziehen stimmt 😀

  27. Genau, fahrt rechts und blockiert nicht die linke Spur auf der Autobahn mit
    100 km/h 😌 Übrigens das Ruhrgebiet ist auch schön!!!

  28. What you want here? A cultureless "country" made by politicians. Getting down, getting cold hearted like you said, getting out of everything that Was great here. A Population of Zombies made by the TV, like in other rich countrys.

  29. I remember that in 1936 at Olympic Games in Berlin it was also so pleasant. Whole world was delighted at this time by german kindness, and Germans was absolutely nice and smiling as well. That was the SAME nation ! Deutschland, mein Herz in Flammen
    / Will dich lieben und verdammen / Deutschland, dein Atem kalt / So jung, und doch so alt.

  30. Don't do or say something related to Nazism, especially "sieg heil" because you WILL be arrested

  31. Most important things NOT to do in germany as an arab that's been living here for 1.6 years
    Before everything, don't expect anything, because not everyone's the same, you can never find 2 people that are the same, so apply that to every one and every country, and please don't be racist.
    Plus, don't expect encountering english-speaking germans, coz most do not, and some do know how to speak english but would refuse to do that i honestly don't know why
    1.Not all germans racists, but you'll encounter racism especially if you're dark-skinned
    2. Not all people drink beer, but most chug them puppies up like air😂 and that german beer tastes better than my girlfriend
    3. Not all germans drive german cars, especially not same-year models (versicherung is a bitch😂)
    4. About 99% of germans absolutely HATE nazism and nazi jokes, don't do that kinda stuff coz you'll get poker-faced at
    5. NOT all germans are rich, it's only in the movies
    6. Public transport doesn't get you everywhere, but it's goddamn beautiful how far they'd get you and how on point they are (pünktlich baby)
    7. They absolutely hate being late, would prefer if you killed their parents instead
    8. They might take paying the bill for them as an insult (imagine how'd it be like for us who would be incredibly offended if didn't pay all of the bill ESPECIALLY for new friends)
    9. Germany is not flooded with arabs and afghan people don't be silly 😂 but yeah you're gonna encounter some for sure
    10. Liquor and cigarettes are expensive as sh*it, so try not to smoke or drink a lot during your stay
    11. Most of the healthcare that you'd get is free, which is absolutely incredible considering the actual price without insurance
    12. DO NOT, and i repeat DO NOT hog the left lane on the autobahn, doesn't matter how fast you're going, there's always someone faster (german engineering baby)
    13. Not all germans wear lederhose and yodel, please don't say this kinda stuff to germans it's a trigger 😂
    14. Germans would sell a son if they had to in order to keep eating bratwurst 😂
    15. Not all germans girls hot and spicy like you see in movies
    16. German girls would 80% not accept sleeping after the first date, so don't bother because you'd get spanked in the face 😂
    17. Eating outside or at a restaurant is expensive as hell, compared to the amount of food that you'd get at a supermarket
    18. Germans like to cook their own food, if you're american or are used to fast-food, don't bring that up a lot because they're gonna turn that into a moral lesson
    19. Don't break the rules or cut off a red sign, because if you do you'll get a FAT fine, and if you got away with it people WILL look down on you and call you asozial
    20. Most germans are nice, but you're gonna encounter people that are are incredibly assholes, but try to stay nice coz germans love that
    21. Germans, and most people living in germany, wouldn't steal, but be sure to lock your car just in case. And if you lost anything, don't hesitate to ask the police because if someone found it, they're 100% gonna report it to the police
    If i kept on going would reach 200 before knowing it, so gonna end it here and wish you a very happy stay in germany. Again, don't expect everythin/everyone you see in movies is true, just have fun and f*ck it ❤🤘

  32. I know very few people in Germany who want you to take your shoes off. If I invite someone I don't expect you to bring something along. I am very picky in whom I call a friend (about a handful) and I'm getting perfectly along with it for over 50 years as a German.
    I worked and lived in several countries 8 years, that made me to think a bit about prejudices. Sorry, entertaining vlog but superficicial and no substance.
    Are all US-Citizens like you? I met a few that were more reflectet.

  33. Hi Dude,
    I have to share with everyone a Don'ts in Germany..
    If you would like to wish some German with bouquet of flowers, please ensure no Red roses in the bouquet you share with. The reason is German use Red roses only in Funeral.

  34. I’m so glad you brought up the memorials. I can’t tell you how many German girls (not just tourists) I’ve seen take selfies on top and around them. It’s just inappropriate.

  35. I was looking after two German exchange students and had to explicitly tell them never to cross a red light ANYWHERE if you’re not a local. A few days later we went to a much bigger city and they almost got themselves killed.

    Arrogance is very frowned upon in my country. In society’s eyes, you are not better than anyone else. You are not above the rules, no matter where you come from or how rich your parents are. These girls did not get that memmo.

    They pulled worse things than jaywalking mind you. It was more of a difference in class than a difference in culture.

  36. I just need to know one thing, do they get mad if I don’t speak any German and if so is there a way do get around it?

  37. Germany really is a real piece of shit country. Its dirty, grey and NO ONE speaks english. If it wasnt for work i would never go back. And FYI dont expext anything but pork meat in the restaurants. Germans really love their schweinefleisch.

  38. I'm living in Germany now have been here 7 months and I have not seen the nice part 😕…. Up to now it's cold isolation being English don't help much went on vacation threw German travel agents and the resort was full of Germans it sucked bad 😔… No fun no joy dead atmosphere the staff even looked depressed 🤣… Being a single guy I get judged bad by the women especially don't expect to have a drink with one

  39. The weird thing is when the green man goes on to walk, the car green light goes on at the same time!!!!

  40. Rule Number 1 when visiting Germany:
    Don’t compare us to anything that has to do with Bavaria or Bavarian culture, we’re gonna be pissed off for that here up in the north.

  41. Help please?
    I’m with a tour group in Germany and it is beautiful and everyone has been helpful and so friendly.
    While in a restaurant the group I was with began discussing how God views WWII and what happened in the concentration camps.
    I was so uncomfortable and upset about how the people around us must have felt. I had an argument later over it, insisting it was awful public behavior.
    Did I overreact?

  42. Seems to me that everywhere in the world, use your manners – play it safe – don’t go to someone’s house empty-handed!! Ever, anywhere. My little brother once showed up to my in-laws’s house for Thanksgiving empty-handed and I was mortified. He was raised by my stepmother after my dad died. My dad would have never allowed my bro to be raised like that –

  43. I have met young German couple in Pisz(Johanesburg) last summer, realy nice and cool ppl who were friendly

  44. I'm from Spain but I was living in germany for a 3 years. I realised:
    – Germans dont like people who are very loud in public. Me neither
    – Germans aren't cold people, In my experience, they are so friendly and charming.
    – Rules and good manners are good. In Spain We need to learn more about it.
    – The food is amazing…Beer too, but Everybody knows it!
    – The history of germany is more than WWII, Don't talk about Nazis and things like that, to get ahead!.
    – German public transport is so good, is cheap, is fast and you conected with different areas of the country
    I love german culture.

  45. I was in the US Navy and stationed in Bad Aibling. I found most Germans spoke English. I also discovered that my high school and college German were not what people spoke!

  46. The reason USA people do stupid things at memorials, etc. is because their parents did not teach them to be civilized human beings. My parents taught me to respect other cultures because we grew up all around the work because my father was a Navy officer.

  47. Oh God, I grew up liking the German culture. As much as I learned about them in school with a rather poor image, I still believed them to be an amazing group of people. That being said, it is my lifelong dream to visit Germany. I’m learning German right now and once I feel confident to speak, I’m hopping on the next plane to Berlin.

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