There are a
lot of prejudices and clichés about Germany. Some of them are true and some of
them aren’t. We’re not drinking beer all the time and we’re not wearing
Lederhosn and Dirndl all the year round. Most of us don’t even owe one of
those. But we get back to this point later. One’s for sure, we love to give it
a go on the German Autobahn and we do have a complex system to separate
garbage. But there are a few more things you should know about Germans.
1.) St. Peter and the “Wetterfrosch”
Yes, it's true, the Germans always complain about the weather.
And we blame St. Peter or the weather frog for it. Yes, the weather frog.
Nowadays no one really believes that a frog can forecast weather but in former
times they put a frog into a jar with a small ladder and when the frog climbed
it, they thought the weather will be good. That’s why we still talk about the
“Wetterfrosch” and what he’s probably doing. If he’s sleeping or… you get the
You want to
meet up with a German friend on a Sunday evening? Good luck! Sunday evening at
8:15 is “Tatort” (crime scene) time. The TV crime show, which runs since
November 1970, is quite popular. Every Sunday up to 10 million Germans watch it
and during the last years it also became very popular to watch it in bars
together with other fans. And as soon as the theme starts you better keep quiet as no
one will be listening to you for the hour and a half.
Yes, we do
separate our waste in up to seven different bins. Blue for paper, yellow for
plastics, brown for organic waste and black for everything else. And so on. But
in southern Germany they even go further. Every Saturday another person in the
house has to do the “Kehrwoche”, a really strict house cleaning tradition. It
includes sweeping the stairs and the sidewalks and even sometimes furbishing
the garbage bins. If you don’t do the “Kehrwoche” it's possible that your
neighbours may report you to the landlord.
4.) Schorle, Radler and 7
years of bad sex
love to mix drinks. If it’s fruit juice, white wine or red wine, we do mix it
with sparkling water. This is called “Schorle”, “Saftschorle” if mixed with
juice and “Weinschorle” if mixed with wine. We even do mix our beer with
lemonade which is then a “Radler” or we mix Coke and Orange Fanta and call it
“Spezi”. And if it comes to toasting traditions there’s one really important one.
While clinking glasses individually with each person you must maintain eye
contact. If you don’t your penalty will be seven years of bad sex.
all, yes, the famous “Oktoberfest” is the one in Munich. But there are several
other beer festivals all over Germany which are also a lot of fun, for example
the “Cannstatter Wasen” in Stuttgart and there’s even one at Alexanderplatz in
Berlin. And yes, the “Oktoberfest” is called October festival but it starts (at
least the one in Munich) in the middle of September. And it is all about
drinking beer, dancing to German folk music and wearing Lederhosn and
Dirndl. That’s the only time in the
year you’ll see Germans wearing Lederhosn and Dirndl, if you see a German
wearing this traditional costume apart from Oktoberfest you can be sure he or
she will be Bavarian.
Inside World Festivals - Oktoberfest
Germany - Autobahns & Bikes
About the Author
Yvonne Zagermann is a German TV journalist and travel blogger based in Berlin. Trips to Jamaica, Cuba or South Africa have only made her more hungry to see the rest of the world and she hopes to one day go on an extensive trip around the globe. You can follow her on her way to travelosity on her blog JustTravelous or on twitter.
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