Directness – Not Rude, but Honest

One thing to prepare yourself for is the slap of candor: Germans can be rather blunt when they offer stern advice or criticism.

Right Time, Right Place

As you can probably gather from the above, Germans tend to believe strongly in the concept of a right place and right time for everything.

Formality – the tricky Sie or Du

Closely aligned to this formality is the obligation to use the “Sie” form of address with people you don’t know that well.

The Basics of Understanding German Culture

Making generalizations about any society is difficult, but if you are a newcomer in Germany you will likely notice many small and seemingly large cultural differences.

Holidays and Celebrations

Here’s a quick rundown of the legal holidays and celebrations observed in the Rhein-Main area.

German Cuisine

One of the more flavorful aspects of German culture is its cuisine. It is often all to easy to fall back to the familiar … particularly when it comes to food.

Christmas Markets

One of the most impressive and lively variations of the Straßenfest is the Weihnachtsmarkt or Christkindelmarkt (Christmas market).

Street Festivals

Another favorite way for Germans to amuse themselves is the Straßenfest (street or block party). These are pleasant events organized and sponsored by local governments and local businesses.

The Pub Culture

As an indispensable antidote to indulgence in organized sport or other strenuous physical activity, the Germans have achieved a highly developed pub culture, where various alcoholic libations can loosen the tongue, warm the heart, and soothe a troubled mind.

Sports Clubs

As is true of most nations, more people in Germany tend to be fascinated by sports than there are active participants. Armchair experts abound, with the airwaves full of sports shows, sports reports, and live broadcasts of sporting events.

Clubs and Organized Fun

You’ve often heard about the Germans’ strong skills for organizing. Well, they are even adept at organizing fun and free time.