Busted: 5 Common Myths About The German Culture

Busted: 5 Common Myths About The German Culture
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German Stereotypes - True or False?

OT Staff
October 18 , 2019
04 Min Read

From mystical castles to ancient villages, Europe’s culture capital has it all. Home to some of the biggest festivals in the world, celebrating wine, beer and all things vibrant, Germany has rightfully earned its reputation as one of the most popular destinations around the globe. And given that we just got done with Oktoberfest, the world's largest beer festival, it’s about time that we delved into this land of historic cities.  

It’s a known fact that Germany is a melting pot of cultures. Be it the art scene, modern architecture or the happening nightlife, there is something for everyone. But with such rich heritage, Germany is also one of the most misunderstood nations. Take a look as we bust some common myths about the German culture. 

Germans are Cold and Asocial

Oktoberfest

Germans are often stereotyped as distant and unfriendly due to their strict persona. But that’s far from the reality. While it may be difficult to break the ice with a German initially, their stoic demeanor fades away with time. Well, we’d like to believe that Germans are just a little too honest but extremely warm and friendly once you get them to shed the wall. A country that’s home to the Oktoberfest can’t be heartless after all. Well if you love parties and booze than we’d say that there’s no better company than a German. 

Germans drink beer all day

Beer at Oktoberfest, Munich

Well, we cannot deny it. Germans love their beer and they take it very seriously. Germany is the world champion in beer drinking. So think twice before messing up a German’s drink.  But to claim that they only drink beer all day is a bit of an exaggeration. While a pint or two is fine to go with lunch, but anything beyond that is a little too much even in the German culture. It is true that Germany produces the finest quality of beer and is the third biggest consumer of beer, but what may strike you as surprising is that there are few Germans who can’t stand the taste of this drink!

Education in Germany is free 

Humboldt University, Berlin

Contrary to popular belief, education in Germany is not absolutely free. While the tuition fee may be ‘no cost involved’ but universities do charge German and International students a certain amount on grounds of union fee, administrative cost and semester ticket. They also have to pay a mandatory fee as semester contribution which lets the students avail the benefits of using the Bahn to navigate in and around the city for free.  But even before the introduction of education for free policy, German universities charged a minimal tuition fee of €500. 

Germans don’t have a cuisine of their own

Dinner table with authentic German cuisine

German food may not be as fancy as French cuisine or as diverse as the Indian palette. But it sure doesn’t begin and end at sausages.  Let’s just say that Germans are quite content with the simplicity of their food. And yes, potatoes, sauerkraut and sausages are an integral part of the German cuisine but that’s not all what Germany has to offer. While it may not be the first place that comes to your mind when you talk about sugary desserts, it is the birthplace of delicacies like apple strudel. While southern Germany draws influences from Austria, Northern part of the country is inspired by Scandinavia. But all said and done, Germany does have delectable cuisine and we’d highly recommend you to try it out. 

Germans are obsessed with automobiles

Autobahn

Having some of the biggest car brands to your credit does make you an ‘automobile mogul’ of sorts. We all are aware of Germans’ love for their cars and their love affair with automobiles goes a long way back. But what many might not know is that the German fixation with cars is dying out as each day passes by. The current generation is more into eco-friendly transportation and prefer bicycles to commute within the city. In fact, the city of Münster is even known as the bicycle capital of Germany.

 


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