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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.

Stephen Childs

100 Comments

  1. 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!

  2. Dont raise one arm.

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

  3. 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 😀

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

  5. Don't idle your car in the parkplatz. You'll get the death stare from everyone!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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

  9. 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 ❤🤘

  10. 140 km/h HAHAHA wow that's a nice joke, autobahn is for 200 km/h and above period.

  11. 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.

  12. Don’t assume you know real German culture and German in big cities lol big cities are full of mixes.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Funny thing: don't use Autobahn if you don't know how to use them. 😉

  16. Germany is one of the best countries I hear of. Friendly people and great technology.

  17. 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.

  18. I did a [email protected] salute in the Memorial to the Murdered Jews in Berlin and got in trouble. I was just joking and IM ASIAN so I cant be an actual n*zi. They were so stupid,

  19. 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?

  20. 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.

  21. 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

  22. How sad that the first thing he has to make clear is that we are NOT bad people… na vielen Dank :/

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

  24. 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.

  25. 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?

  26. you forgot one. DON'T MENTION THE WAR.

    I mentioned it once but I think I got away with it.

  27. 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 –

  28. I am living in Hamburg for over 2 years, but i still am uncomfortable with Nr.9

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

  30. 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.

  31. 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!

  32. 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.

  33. Germans are some of my favourite people. Met loads on hikes i do and always friendly

  34. 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.

  35. Why would some random German invite you to their house? I've seen the human centipede movie, so I would pass lol

  36. We won't go to Germany; too many illegal aliens and we hate the politicians !

  37. First of all – don’t start with “Munich” it’s München „👍🇩🇪

  38. Wait a second.
    Germany Is literally building "Denkmäler" for the Jews they killed(!) And then some random idiot jump on them like wtf?!
    Like, (some) people still thinks germans are nazis and stuff but then they just jump on some "Denkmäler" (I dont know the English word sorry :c) the Germans build as a… Excuse?!
    Damnit are those people dumb.
    (Sorry for my bad English, I hope you did understand everything ^^)

  39. Allow me to sum it up. Be respectful when in foreign countries, just don’t be an ass.

  40. German people are some of the nicest people you'll ever meet (from a no-German person)

  41. Lol i never heard that that bring stuff over rule and only some peopel have the shoe rule must be a regional thing.

  42. If you see someone disrespect holocaust memorials you are legally allowed to punch that person.

  43. A very big DON'T in Germany is: Do not refuse a handshake.
    A handshake is the common way to greet someone in Germany. So if you go to somebody's house or on a business meeting, always accept the handshake, unless you want to be classed as being an extremely rude person.

    Another DON'T is: Wait to be seated.
    In Germany, patrons choose their on tables at restaurants.

  44. Don't bother with Germany. The people are arrogant and rude. I'll never go back.
    What a horrible experience.

  45. This is funny because "Wolters" is a popular brand of beer in Brunswich in Northern Germany (lower Saxony)

  46. I'm getting married with my German bf and idk anything about Germany so Im here tryna learn something. I'm French btw.

  47. Germany seems like a country where I would rather book with a tour group than go at it alone. I dont speak the language and I am not familiar with the culture 🙂
    I did the same thing in Israel as well. But then again in Israel, you make the wrong turn you are in trouble.

  48. #11 Not be unpunctual!!!! In Germany it's rude to be late.
    When you invited for a meeting at 10'o clock ,so it means you're are there at 10'o clock or better 5 minutes earlier.

  49. You forgot to add, yes bring your friend flowers but not Red Roses..those are reserved for lovers. Bring them a Nice Texas Wine from our hillcountry (New Braunfels).

  50. Maybe i've been unlucky, but when i went to Munich people often pretended to not speak english and were very rude.
    Im italian and when we Met an italian restaurant owner She said that many german people are like that and they also go to her restaurant Just to enjoy tons of free bread because in Italy its normal to have free bread in a restaurant (the price Is covered by the 'coperto' but still its not measured and you can have as much as you want).
    4 years ago experience.

  51. When I was in the Air Force I was stationed in Germany! German people are very kind.

  52. I've never scolded anyone nor been scolded for crossing on a red light.
    I do however like to cross a bit away from the traffic lights.

    Also Germans aren't Japanese. We wear shoes inside all of the time.

  53. I went to Germany and the road was empty no cars and the people fucking waiting to the light to get green Germans plz don't do that you look like idiots

  54. I was brought up in Germany. British pads brat. "j walking" is perfectly fine.

  55. All these rules! If they like rules so much, how come they do nothing when their women are being attacked and raped by all the immigrants they let in?

  56. Im german and i have a tip for you
    If you want to see a beautiful city go to Nuremberg and explore frankonia 👍🏻

  57. ❤💚💜💙💛❤💚💜💙💙
    I part German….mom side… and even I get tired of people making fun of me calling me a miniature hitla if I get angry or say it's my German attitude that's in me on my mom's side it's not like I'm At all like Hitler I'm not where I saw so cuz! I seem to want to help people myself despite now I live in USA and been here since I was born but I find Heaven different cultural backgrounds almost made it a little more difficult to learn because everybody has their own sites and ways of looking at life and that can be confusing as a child to develop your own personal grounds are what life is in about..
    I don't find it extremely funny ..but not as evil as I could take it ..
    it simple it goes to show you because one a**** decide that that's what the country should be All About.. doesn't mean the rest of us that came from that country as pure evil.people….i do have a A heart of gold and want to help people hell it lands me in trouble at times! Seriously lol! So I've had to learn to hold back now! on my mother's side in the USA …now but the background of me is Sweden plus German and English Irish… probably a few other things…we all have more then we realize for heritage back ground…
    but those are the main ones I've heard and seen on records! I
    Im proud to have a part of my German Heritage and I want my kids who are also Ecuadorian to be proud of what they are too…people in their pass. had to do to bring the world to …..what it is today ..we all have a drop of this and our own lifes and we should relish the thought of strong soul people struggling to make the world better …in Spool many ways.
    Even now I wish I could go back to the country originated from my heritage in go back "home"…
    I'm so disappointed about the USA ..it's unbelievable what they doing here.. Especially to low-income families look up the corrupt business of child protective services and CPS! And how they're destroying American families by cherry picking through them! I wonder if they do in this and other countries such as USA just to give themselves a job! It's sickening! To destroy a family just cuz it's low-income! They won't admit it the USA but they're doing it! Shame Shame Shame USA! please look up ..
    *please please look up Asap…
    Alex Jones and Georgia Senator Nancy Schaefer* and 9 months later what happen to her….?!?!
    talking about this on YouTube!!!!
    but then again all countries have pluses and minuses of they country..but legally kidnappingchildren…
    That why obviously and supposedly each one is run by some sort of a government or democracy type system to keep people in line and order….not all not always so well..
    Common Sense should only do this ..
    but sadly not everyone is born to do common sense ..
    on a daily basis…. Behave properly…but they instead get themselves in trouble with the laws etc…Also it can hurt .into other people's lives .
    they don't deserve that! So that's why we have rules and regulations it's a way to me to say to …
    ''Babysit the world!!
    Cheers….

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