Travelling to Germany: Are the Clichés True?
Ever wondered how many people holiday in Germany? A whopping 424 million in 2014! The popularity of Germany as a travel destination has shot up in the past few years.
Why has this happened? Aside from all the clichés about Germans, the answer lies in all of the amazing things to discover about the country and its people.
But first of all, are clichés about Germans really true? We did a small poll about German clichés and this is what people said:
Germans are punctual, really serious, unfriendly and have no sense of humour. They have too many rules and regulations and won’t cross the street unless the traffic light shows green; they are blunt and drink a lot of beer!
So, are these stereotypes about us really true? As a German myself I decided to set the record straight:
- We are punctual but that’s not a bad thing, right? Of course if someone gets delayed we won’t mind (so long as they tell us beforehand).
- Serious, unfriendly and have no sense of humour? No way! We just need a little time to warm up to people and then we’re super funny and social. Just take a look at one of our German Hosts. Does he look boring to you? Definitely not!
- It’s true that we have many rules and regulations and yes we actually do love them. Sure, we only cross the street when the light is green. If it’s red we wait, even if there is no car coming. Jaywalking is really dangerous you know! But just because we like to follow rules most of the time, it doesn’t mean that we can’t let our hair down and enjoy ourselves. Just take a look at point 5!
- If you’re from a culture that likes to beat around the bush, and if you don’t like to be specific, then you won’t have much luck in Germany. We just don’t see the point in not being direct. Just tell us what you want to say – that’s an easier way to find a solution and it’s efficient, no? [spoken like a true German]
- Beer! We are known for it and we drink around 107 litres per person per year. We like to work hard and party hard too. And if you don’t believe me, just do a cambio in Germany during the Oktoberfest festival.
So most of the stereotypes about German people are more or less true. But people certainly love these things about us because they continue to visit! Here are a few more reasons why so many people like to travel to Germany…
We have EVERYTHING you need. We have beautiful seas, mountains, forests and lakes. We also have some amazing castles, bucketloads of history and cultural attractions (such as the Cologne Cathedral and the Neuschwanstein Castle) and our transport is world class. Compared to other European countries we are quite inexpensive to visit and Berlin is considered one of the best travel destinations in the world. In fact, it beat out London to be named the most “fun” city in the world in 2014. There are also many other beautiful cities in Germany, such as Hamburg, Cologne and Munich.
“Well, OK”, you might say, “Where should I actually stay if I go to Germany?” “Where else?” I would reply, “but with a German person!” Join GoCambio, be a guest in a German homestay and immerse yourself in our culture. You’ll see beyond the old and stuffy stereotypes and experience a warm and welcoming place.
About the Author
Patrizia Figel is the Germany Country Manager at GoCambio. A previous International Business student in Germany, Patrizia loves chocolate and a good atmosphere at the office. She is proud of her German heritage, having grown up in Stuttgart and absorbs all kinds of information like a sponge! Connect with Patrizia on LinkedIn.
Cover picture: Wait! by C MB 166.