The German Stereotypes

Are German people rude?

I spent two months in Germany, during which I came to realize that the German People are so polite and nice. Here are a couple of shocking experiences, especially to someone who heard a lot about German people being rude and unwilling to help:

  1. All the hotel staff were extremely nice and helped me a lot planning my trips in the city, you might argue that this is their job, but still, you can easily distinguish the difference between someone who is willingly helping you and another who is just forced to, and their help seemed to be genuine.
  2. If you give someone a tip, even 0.1 euro, the person will smile and thank you. Try giving a cheap tip somewhere else, this wouldn’t really go that well. This is probably because German people don’t believe that it is your duty to give a tip, so even the slightest contribution is always appreciated.
  3. In stores, in the gym, in the train station.. surprisingly everyone is willing to help a tourist who doesn’t know the German Language
The verdict, German people are not rude, sorry Google, you got this one wrong, “the wisdom of the crowd has failed you”.

German People Love beer and Sausages

A reputation which is well earned, the German people certainly do love beer. Ordering a beer in Germany never seems to be a simple task. In most countries, Beer has a maximum of three entries in the menu. In Germany, you will have a full menu for different types and brands of beers. There are Beer Festivals and Beer Gardens almost anytime and anywhere you go (probably more popular than Starbucks in USA). When I first arrived to Germany I asked the waitress to get me a beer, she looked at me, really confused and asked me which beer do I want. What followed was a couple of minutes during which the sweet German waitress spent explaining to me what kind of beers they have and what is the difference between each of them. (Lovely time)

The Huge German Beer

The Huge German Beer
Photo from Flickr, User: James Offer
Original: http://flic.kr/p/gBcdY

Let us not forget the German Sausages, which you would find anywhere you go, small family business restaurants, supermarkets, mini markets or those small temporary shops (I saw some in the old town of Nuremberg)

Sausages

Sausages
Photo from Flickr, User: Andrew Mager
Original: http://flic.kr/p/5fSzb8

Cold in bed

This could be a myth or it could be true… unfortunately, there is really no easy way to verify that. I will let you know If I have some new statistical data on the topic, πŸ˜€

Blond, Beautiful, Tough, Strong Built

If I am to picture a German girl in my mind, I would imagine a beautiful girl, with blonde hair, greenish / bluish eyes, white skin with a reddish complexion on the cheeks, tall compared to the average girl height, normally having a curvy body, proportional waist/abdomen/shoulder/chest, extremely attractive. A German guy would usually possess the looks and body form I wish I had… I had some German colleagues in my last job, and honestly, I feel If I have their looks, technically, no girl would be out of my league ever again. :D.
German Beauty

German Beauty
Photo from Flickr, User: Daniel Silliman
Original: http://flic.kr/p/7ALmgJ

A girl from Munich

A girl from Munich
Photo from Flickr, User: Nathan Rupert
Original: http://flic.kr/p/am4cFn

German football fan

German football fan
Photo from Flickr, User: Charles Roffey
Original: http://flic.kr/p/gXtW2

Another beautiful German football fan

Another beautiful German football fan
Photo from Flickr, User: Patrick
Original: http://flic.kr/p/hc7gu

Efficient and hardworking

Norbert Walter, former chief economist in Deutsche Bank: “we have 1 % of the labor force of the world and we have 10% of the exports of the world”. Simple logic implies that each German individual is 10 times as creative and productive as the average human being. If statistics and numbers are not your favorite suit, then consider driving a BMW, Mercedes or an Audi and tell me then; Do you feel the German Quality Standards? Do you see their strive to perfection?

Very punctual, strictly enforce and follow rules

I have no personal incidents to back up this stereotype nor to dismiss it, but I’ve done my research and I find it this easy to believe that German People are very punctual and love making and following rules.

Well… ladies and gentlemen, you wouldn’t appreciate “punctuality”, “law enforcement” and “a law obedient society” until you live in an environment lacking these traits. You might be one of those who praise themselves as being a rebel, a free spirit fighting the conspiracies sown by our politicians and governments; but trust me when I say, chaos is not fun, having a no rule society is a nightmare and for that; I salute you German people.

Football Lovers

They love football, the real football, i.e. Soccer. A friend of mine once told me; During the 2010 world cup, if Germany has a game, the offices are empty, the streets are empty, almost everyone is cheering for the German National Team. Well, the stereotype is true and is justified, since Germany does have a pretty solid Football Team.

German Football Fans

German Football Fans
Photo from Flickr, User: Stewart
Original: http://flic.kr/p/gHiaC

They are too honest, say what they think

Sounds like the ideal society to me… This coming from a person who has seen the other end of the spectrum and believe me, it is pretty ugly there. I hate people who are nice to me just because social values dictate this to them, but this is just me… a friend of mine once told me “you should go and live in Germany, I think you would like it there”. To be honest… I am sure I would love it and maybe one day I will go and give it a try.
Thanks for reading.
Please leave your comments; if you are German, I would like to hear what hearing “these stereotypes” make you feel? If you are non-German, do you find any of these stereotypes fascinating like I do? Which one do you find so true or so wrong? Some Evidence will be nice ;).
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