Visiting Germany? 11 Practical Tips You Should Know!

everybody that I knew that I had ever
been to Germanily… oh wow the words. hey guys what’s up it’s Kelly again and
welcome back to my channel for today’s video I’m going to share with you guys
some of the best advice that I got when I found out I was moving to Germany and
a lot of this advice is really practical and I think it could be useful if you’re
going to Germany as a tourist or if you’re gonna live there like I did so
the first and probably best piece of advice that I got was to always have
cash on you cash is definitely king in Germany there
are a lot of places that just will not accept credit cards so Germans will have
German bank accounts obviously and with those bank accounts like at these things
called Giro cards which is like an electronic cash card and it’s sort of
like an internal debit card system so they’re able to use that in every
establishment without really any issue whereas if you’re coming over there as
an American with an American bank account an American debit card an
American credit card you’re not going to be able to use it in all of these places
and the places that won’t take credit cards are actually kind of surprising
they were surprising to me at least so there’s entire grocery store chains
that just will not accept credit cards there was a museum in mind that didn’t
accept credit cards there every time I went to go get my haircut or to get my
nails done those places didn’t take credit cards so just don’t ever assume
this place will take credit cards surely it’s a grocery store because they might
not and you’re going to kind of be rushing to find an ATM to pay for
whatever you want to pay another great piece of advice that I got was how to
tip and how much to tip because the tipping culture between Germany and the
u.s. is very different so in the u.s. you’re always going to tip between 15
and 20 percent and to do the tipping you’re probably either going to leave
the cash on the table for the server to be able to get it or whenever you get
your credit card transaction receipt there will be a little slot for you to
physically write how much you want it to then you take your food bill plus the
tip and that’s the total that will be charged to your card well it’s
completely different in Germany so first of all this 15 to 20 percent thing is
not how you do it you’re basically just going to round up and depending on how
much the bill is you might only round up to the next zero if it’s like just like
a cup of coffee or maybe you’ll ran up to three additional euro for your food
bill and that’s because German servers actually make a livable wage so they
don’t depend on tips in order to make a salary whereas in the US the server’s
depend on your tips to make that livable wage also you’re not going to just leave
it on the table the server will actually come to your table for you to make your
payment social or he will hand you the bill let’s say it’s 1795 and you’re
gonna pay with credit card so you hand them the credit card they have the
handheld credit card machine and you’ll say 20 euro and that person will know ok
they’re gonna tip me 2 euro and 5 cents and they actually punch in 20 euro and
they run it as 20 euro and that’s it or if you’re paying in cash let’s say you
hand them a 50 and you say 20 euro they’ll just give you 30 euro back
that’s it that’s how you do the tipping right then and there in one smooth
transaction another thing I was told about was how the fun system works and
there’s a bunch of things I could talk about but I want to focus on best so if
you go to a fest in Germany or a wine market or whatever and you want to get a
glass of wine they’ll have the prices on there let’s say it’s 5 euro and so you
pay 5 euro but not just are you paying for the wine with that 5 euro but you’re
also putting a deposit down on the glass that the wine is being served to you in
so you drink the wine and you can keep the glass maybe it’s some sort of
commemorative glass like the Christmas markets all have like you know fancy in
engravings or what is it called whenever it’s inscripted in there you know what I
mean so you can keep those maybe as a souvenir or if you want to get the funds
back you just take it to the 10 or the booth that you bothered
I and they’ll give you your two euro back and that’s a pretty good thing to
know so going along with the whole discussion about fest another thing that
I was reminded of when I moved to Germany was that you can drink in public
there and that probably sounds a little strange to any Germans watching this but
if you’ve been raised in the US you’re very ingrained in this idea that you
can’t drink in public because it is against the law I mean there are a few
cities in specific states that will allow you to drink in public like New
Orleans and Butte Montana or to that I remember mostly but in Germany the whole
country it’s free game for you to be able to just grab a bottle of wine sit
with some friends in a park and share in public and it’s not a big deal or if you
go to a fest and you buy a glass of wine you can walk around the whole town with
that glass of wine and it’s not an issue in the u.s. if you have some sort of
fest there’s going to be like a perimeter set up with people you know
posted to make sure that you’re not bringing alcohol outside the premises
because it’s illegal so it’s kind of like a really cool cultural aspect of
Germany that I fully appreciated and it was nice for someone to remind me like
hey you can do this I know it feels weird but you’re allowed to do it and
another thing with drinking is how to properly Prost in Germany so if you’re
in Germany and you’re sharing some alcohol with some friends you’re having
some drinks together you’re going to first of all it’s very customary to
Prost at all and when you Prost you’re going to clink glasses and make eye
contact with whoever you’re clinking with otherwise it’s really bad luck and
I started paying attention to this alive both whenever I was with like American
friends or when I was with German friends and it’s kind of funny like the
difference between them so Americans are much more prone to like to look down at
their drinks when they’re cheering or posting
Germany they won’t look up at each other and I don’t know if it’s because we’re
scared we’re going to like spill our drinks or if we want to make sure that
we’re like clinking correctly I’m not really sure why we do it the way we do
but Germans will very actively look up and Prost with confidence while clinking
glasses I actually have one more thing to give advice on regarding a fest one
specific fest which is the famous Oktoberfest so I got the overall concept
of Oktoberfest but for one I didn’t realize that it’s not in October it’s
actually at the very end of September so that was good to know and that my friend
told me hey when you go to Oktoberfest don’t be one of these idiots walking
around and like jeans and a t-shirt make sure you wear a dirndl because that’s
what all the Germans will be wearing and I was kind of like on the fence like
like really though like everyone’s gonna be wearing dirndl and later hosen and
when I got ready to go to Oktoberfest I remember being in my hotel room and
unique and feeling a little silly but when I got there I was like okay yeah
everyone was buying dirndl and later Hosea and I would have felt really silly
if I had been wearing like normal clothes so I’m super thankful that my
friend told me to make sure I wear a dirndl another great piece of advice I
will share with all the ladies out there is do not wear high heels this probably
goes for most of Europe but definitely Germany there are a lot of cobblestone
sidewalks and streets and if you’re walking around in high heels the chances
of you taking your little heel into a corner of stones is really actually
really high and you’re going to either ruin your shoes I have a pair of really
beautiful leather patent shoes that I completely destroyed on the sidewalks in
Mainz or you’re going to probably break your ankle or your leg so just don’t
wear them you can wear wedges those are no problem I wore wedges all the time
but just leave your heels at home stay in the small hotels that was another
piece of advice I got like there will be big you know a hotel chains and a lot of
the bigger cities like Berlin or Dresden and or Mike’s had you know big hotels
but there will be a lot of smaller hotels stay in those hotels guys they’re
actually really nice I feel like in the u.s. we’re really prone to always get
these like big name chain hotels because you don’t really know what you’re
getting into when you stay in like a small family establishment but every
single one that I stayed in in Germany was perfectly clean impeccable it had a
lot of charm to it and they would just be like these adorable little hotels and
considerably cheaper than like the bigger names like the Hyatt or Hilton or
whatever else you’ll find there so I would highly recommend and it was great
advice that I got it was to stay in the little hotels don’t shy away from them
they’re gonna be great but also be aware of the fact that they
might not have 24-hour concierge at these places so whenever you booked a
hotel make sure you’re paying attention to when the desk hours are and if you’re
going to arrive after the desk hours or need to leave before the dust hours you
need to like communicate that with the hotel and figure something out that got
me once when you’re in Germany you need to know that you either follow the rules
or you should expect to be scolded or corrected and it’s part of that German
directors culture that I think a lot of Germans aren’t even really aware that
this is perceived as being something different at least to Americans and I
really don’t want to intimidate any American from going over to Germany but
just to understand that like if you cross on a red light don’t be surprised
if a German comes over and corrects you to tell you that you shouldn’t cross on
the red light that’s just the way it is so along the same lines like the German
directness that I was told about the German stare and again I don’t think a
lot of Germans realize that this is a thing in the u.s. we’re pretty much
taught that staring is and not to stare I mean I can think of
like so many times I’ve heard a mom like tell their child don’t stare that’s rude
but in Germany there’s a lot of Germans that have no problem with staring and
it’s just from what I understand is out of curiosity they’re not trying to be
rude it’s not seen as that it’s just a sign of their curiosity so if I would
walk down the street wearing like athletic attire which is rare in Germany
usually people change at the gyms they don’t wear their athletic attire Alton
lists are actively running I would get stared at and it was something that I
had to get used to even though I was like told about it
before I ever even went to Germany because again like I’ve been brought up
in a culture where you just don’t stare and if you do you’re you’re rude and
it’s not like that in Germany so if you go to Germany and you see a lot of
people staring at you don’t worry about it they’re not being rude they’re not
being mean they’re just curious about whatever you’re doing or wearing or
maybe you’re speaking English or whatever the last thing I will talk
about is my feeling of safety in Germany when I found out that I was moving to
Germany I started doing a lot of research and I was already well aware of
the immigration into your the mass immigration but I was reading these news
articles and watching these things with like a whole different perspective
knowing that I was going to be living there and I watched them really I would
say disturbing and scary documentaries on YouTube or Facebook or wherever I was
finding them the painting like a really harrowing picture of what Germany looks
like with all of this you know the impact of this mass immigration and I
remember talking to someone about it and they had lived in Germany and they
looked at me in there like Kelly don’t don’t worry about it you were gonna feel
safe like don’t worry and I was like yeah okay I mean you’re it was a guy so
I think that women and men look at safety very differently so when I went
over there I was a little nervous and I will say that for the year and a half
that I lived in Germany there was not a single place that I went that I felt
unsafe and I’m talking like there wasn’t even like a portion of a street in a
city where I felt uncomfortable and I didn’t go everywhere in Germany I think
it would be really difficult to do that in year and a half while holding a
full-time job but I clocked in some kilometers on my car I drove back and
forth and up and down across the country and I took the train to many different
cities I saw a lot and like I said at no point did I feel unsafe in Germany no
matter who I was with if I was completely by myself no matter what I
was wearing and no matter what our of time it could have been 2:00 in the
morning 3:00 in the morning it could have been you know early morning hours
it doesn’t matter I felt completely safe the entire time that I was in Germany
and I put a lot of value on that because I’ve lived places where I haven’t felt
safe and it is it’s it affects you so I’m happy to say that I felt really safe
in Germany and I hope that anyone planning to go over there and live or go
as a tourist I hope that you guys feel safe too all right guys that’s all I’ve
got for you today that was some of the best advice I got about moving to
Germany if you have some other advice maybe live in Germany as an expat or
maybe you’re German yourself put it in the comments below I’d be interested to
read them and I’m sure some other viewers would be too thank
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100 thoughts on “Visiting Germany? 11 Practical Tips You Should Know!

  1. In the US you alsolutely need to pay tip of at least 15% as in some restaurants it is assumed that the waiter received tip
    espepecially if you paid in cash. The tip is being shared with the rest of the staff of the restaurent. Hence if the customer does not pay tip
    the waiter will have to pay from his pocket, according to a US-waiter I met in Germany.

    Clinging glasses: Beer especially Weißbier with thick glass buttoms never ever cling glasses at the top of the glass as with wine glasses.
    Only at the bottom.
    Okotoberfest: you can go in jeans, nobody will stare at. Well buying a drindl you helped the local economy ;-).

  2. Drindl, you known about where to wear the knot of a drindl?
    The difference in the meaning?

  3. Things like Oktoberfest are for most germans at least as weird as they are for foreigners. And NOBODY north of maybe the Nuremberg-region EVER would wear a Dirndl or Lederhosen. Americans per se tend to Bavaria in terms of Germany because many G. I.s are/were based there but it's only a part of the country far away in the deep south…

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  5. The weird thing over here is, if a shop accepts credit cards, they only accept visa or mastercard, no amex, diners club, whatsoever

  6. Please don't just keep glasses and cups you get somewhere, even if you paid "Pfand". It doesn't mean you bought the item, you borrowed it and gave them a token of assurance that you will bring it back. The Pfand is your incentive to bring it back. They don't want you to keep the cup. Of course, some people do that, which is why Pfand can be pretty high so there's not too much loss when customers decide to keep them.

  7. they dont stare they look straigth trough you. wtf. such entitled brat! girl you need some education. and not the american kind. you come across as totally dumb and unworldly.

  8. I don't think staring is normal in Germany though? Maybe the definition of staring is different? I'd look at somebody if they are wearing something nice for maybe 2 seconds but if they look at me I'll avert my eyes because I will think they might feel uncomfortable and also it's just rude to stare…

  9. "Deposit on the glas" – depending on what exactly the booths rules say, it's often not legal to "just keep the glas"; often it's in fact theft keeping the glas.
    If someone wants a glas of that kind, he/she better should go to the salesperson and directly ask for a purchase.

  10. About the whole Dirndl/Lederhosen story: Your boyfriend is actually pretty wrong, which probably means he isn't from Bavaria. The bavarian Tracht (= Dirndl for women / Lederhosen for men) is understood as a festive outfit. It is NOT a costume that you wear like your halloween costumes. You can think of it as a nice suit or dress. We wear Tracht not only for Oktoberfest (or other beer fests) but also for big birthday parties and weddings. That means it is totally fine (and actually preferred by a lot of people in bavaria), that you don't buy one of these ugly pair of Lederhosen at the airport (which most of the time still costs several hundred euros) but instead just choose a nice outfit that would fit a birthday party (so no expensive suit but no sweat pants as well) especially if you are not comfortable wearing Tracht. In the last years more and more tourists started wearing clothing that might look like bavarian Tracht but most of the time they just look like careless tourists that don't respect the local culture. That means you probably would be one of the few that don't wear Dirndl or Lederhosen, but that is totally not a bad thing if your outfit still respects the festive background of Oktoberfest. In case you want to blend in a little with the locals I would rather recommend to go to a small shop that sells original bavarian Tracht and buy a pair of shoes or a nice vest there. You might still pay quite a bit for that, but you support a local business and don't look like every other tourist.

  11. There are places im Germany where you are not allowed to drink alcohol. For example a playground (even at night).

  12. Please note we are not like this…

    What I am trying to say is that there are no lines of people staring at you like you were an alien or something. What you might find somewhere is that elderly people are sitting at the window and look out at the street and might "stare" at you but that isn't rude and they don't think that you're doing something wrong or find you suspicious, they just have a lot of time and are kind of keeping a look on the neighborhood. So just say "Hallo" [Hello] oder "Guten Morgen" [Good Morning] (if it's early), "Guten Tag" [Good Day] (if it's around lunchtime) and "Guten Abend" [Good Evening] (if it's late) or " ’n Abend" {spoken like N'abend} (it's the colloquial form of Guten Abend) and walk your way but don't think that they want to be rude or something.

    And if you look foreign and you have the feeling that they are staring at you for that, than that might be just because in their perspective finally something "extraordinary" happens. If you have nothing to do because you are in retirement the days can get long and boring between Kaffeeklatsch/coffee clatsch and I don't know seeing the doctor or something.

    If you feel comfortable enough with the German language and have some time you can start a conversation with them. You can never speak for all but there is a good chance that they will be glad and appreciate it because they have something to tell their friends at the next Kaffeeklatsch/coffee clatsch then or just someone (in that case you) that they can tell their stories. 😉

  13. well, we would tip 10%, you could of course also only round up… but that's also not considered generous enough… you'd do that if the service wasn't good enough, or the food bad.

  14. Exactly , STARING is considered very Rude + Offensive according to most of the world , and yet , many uneducated—Germans just stare down the foreign tourists……don't they have any proper manner or proper education + proper up-bringing ?????

    Staring at strangers can get these stupid Germans killed in many , many countries in Africa and Middle–East and Asia…….especially Latin–America , such as Mexico , Peru , Brazil , El–Salvador , Guatemala , Honduras , Nicaragua……etc……

  15. Hi Kelly, thanks for an excellent and informative video. I know very little about Germany and your videos are really interesting. That is interesting about the law about not drinking in public in the USA. Here in Melbourne, there is a law prohibiting drinking in the streets. Even eating in the streets is not encouraged here, though having a picnic is okay in a park. Anyway, take care, Robert.

  16. Statistics show that the percentage of alcoholics in Germany is much, much higher than in the USA. The study showed that it most likely has to do with the different cultures. The drinking age here is 21. In Germany kids can start drinking with a parent at age 14. That is a huge age difference and 21 year olds are much more likely to not binge drink than teenagers. Also, the lack of being able to just go anywhere with alcohol in the USA also makes a difference. I am grateful for the laws on alcohol her in the USA. I am also happy that I can dress up if I want or wear pajamas to the store if I want because no one cares!

  17. You can drink in public in Las Vegas, except you can't have open alcohol containers in vehicles.

  18. I filmed a music video in one of the many abandoned castles in Germany (in Saarland), and I experienced a lot of the "German Stare" because there were constantly people peeking in through the windows watching us film, it was amazing.

  19. german tipping is awesome tbh.
    you can basically tip whatever you feel like. If the waiter was a bitch, which is considered extremely rude here, they won’t get tips. If they take their jobs serious and are friendly to customers they might get a big tip. That’s how you teach people to give their best at all times and always stay professional

  20. To base your knowledge about immigration into Germany/Europe on YouTube-videos is generally a pretty bad idea. Probably about 90% of the channels on that topic are from rightwing conspiracy-fans.

  21. A tip in Germany, is that when going into a shop, not a large department store, is to immediately greet the shopkeeper. Then, when leaving to say goodbye.
    That may be the trend all over the European continent, not just Germany.  
    In the north of Germany, when greeting, can say 'Guten tag', and in the south (and Austria for that matter) can say, what sounds like, 'Chris Cot'. (In the south can say 'Guten tag', but better to say 'Chris Cot'.)
    Otherwise, can get scolded and corrected by the shopkeeper.

  22. If you pay with credit card and just add the tipp, the server will not get any money.

  23. Its a big problem that American workers don’t get sufficient payment, and are dependent on tips. Tips are appreciated (almost) everywhere, in some countries its concidered rude. Please give your workers a proper salary, and end the stupid tipping-culture.

  24. This is the third of your videos that I have watched, and I must say I'm impressed. Good explanations, good comments. Even when you mention some disconcerting habits that Germans have (staring, scolding you at traffic lights, etc.) , you do it with friendliness and a smile on your face. A a German, I appreciate that. Keep up the good work and – thank you.

  25. Safety, yes sure. Germany is much saver than the US. But don‘t be always too sure. You still need your good sense.

  26. When I was there, the exchange rate was 1mark 60 to 1 mark 80, to each U S Dollar.

  27. Kelly,that's an Illusion if you think you get starred at.That's quite normal if u come into a new Country to have that Illusion.

  28. Americans perceive it as staring, Germans don't. It's just checking out the other person. Normal behavior here.

  29. Americans live in fear, Germans don't. The social democracy takes care of all people, so you don't have to fear.

  30. The whole idea about klinking glasses on prosting is to spill your drink into the other glas. In older times it was used to trust the other to not have poisoned your drink.

  31. They don't have the bottle bubbles for recycling of glass here. I am amazed that most of Arkansas doesn't recycle glass

  32. When i was 12 i used to go to the totto lotto stand an buy beer for my father. Now you can't do that. I was going to the Octoberfest but that was the time they bombed it so i never got to go again cause i got busy with school an work

  33. I went into a Turkish gasthaus by my apartment to get a gyro an it is amazing how the men stopped talking the minute i opened the door an would start back up the minute it was closing. Happened Everytime

  34. About not wanting to spill your drink while clinking: Originally, you were meant to spill a bit of your drink in the other person's drink (And get a bit of their drink). It was done to eliminate the possibility to poison you.

  35. Never realized Germans are staring 🤣 I'll observe more closely when I get back

  36. @gerd That is absolutly wrong! The Tip is paid in Cash to the waiter by the owner/manager. Credit Card is not common in Germany, because at the End of the Month you pay what you spend. So it doesn´t make much sense to use a CC. If you spend 5,000 $ you get 5,000$ taken off of your bank account the following month, So you can might as well pay it in cash right away.

  37. The clinking comes from medieval times where, whenever you were going to a political meeting, you would bash your pints together pretty hard, so that the drinks would spill and land in the others cup as a sign that you didnt poisen his drink.

  38. You ALWAYS tip 10%, as someone working in the service industry: stop spreading this nonsense.

  39. Nothing wrong with 10% or even 15% tips. But those a reserved for especially good service. Something you usually don't get in Germany. :p

  40. Kelly, whenever you travel within Germany and would like to explore even more good things about germans and their atttitudes, you should check with – here as a traveler you get invited by local host for some quality time offside the mainstream tourist traps. You might get invited for a bbq, for a vernisage or rock concert of unknown band. All of it is free and the best chance to come as a travel and leave as a friend. 😉

  41. Cash is king. "Nur Bares ist was Wahres". Keep that in mind.
    6:10: "Bad luck"? It's seven years of bad sex. I would call that more than just bad luck.

  42. I don't think Germans stare more than other people. Maybe it was because you looked good 🙂

  43. Credit cards are here mostly used for travel or emergencies. For everything else u use cash or your bank account debit card.

  44. Normalerweise ist es üblich den Pfandgegenstand zurückzugeben, da das Pfand nicht den Materialwert des Trinkgefäßes widerspiegelt, es soll nur den Anreiz verstärken sich ordentlich zu verhalten und das Glas zurück zu geben. Es als Andenken mitzunehmen gilt eher als gesellschaftlich verpönt ohne aber gleich als direkter Diebstall zu gelten. Es nährt sich aber diesem Verhalten an, da man dem Verkäufer etwas schuldig bleibt.

  45. Sorry, but why on earth would a tourist want to make every tiny little payment abroad with his credit card? There is a charge on foreign currecy transactions every single time. And why would anyone walk around in the USA without cash? Suppose something happens and you have to take a cab to get home or something.

  46. Me as a german has to say that most of us germans can speek english and are able to understand most things. But most people or a lot (me too) would say, that they don't speek english. Thats not because we don't wont to talk to you or to be rude, but more because we think we don't speek that good or right and we don't like it. So if you even speek a litle german if you visit germany, try to speek german at first and tell the person you are talking to, that you come from us and if you don't know something in german, than ask in english. This helps a lot of germans to talk in english, because they see that you tried to speek german and it is ok if we make mistakes, i guess. So i hope you kinda understand what i wanted to say.

  47. 🤣 🤣 🤣 In EU/Germany when you Prost to each other you look in the eyes. Otherwise we say… You will have 7 years bad sex😂😂😂😂

  48. the mass imigration didn't change a thing in germany. you most likely have found right wing extremist material in your online search. they're just trying to get votes with their propaganda. there are over 80 million people living in germany and they were using terms like 'foreign infiltration' or 'islamication' for a total of like 300.000 refugees.
    there were also fake news about refugees were raping little girls, robbing old women or murdering people arbitrary. none of this was true, its just right wing propaganda.

  49. Hey Kelly,
    i was really curious about this video and your opinions and i really appreciate, as a german, how safe you felt while you were here. But i really wonder what "documentaries" and "informative material" you watched on youtube and facebook to learn about immigration in germany. Because sadly we have some really hardline right groups and political parties that try really hard to paint a gruesome bad picture of the immigrants and refugees who come here and it makes me so angry. Those are just normal people who seek safety or a new chance at life in this country and the right wing people just don't want to leave them alone and give them a hard time…

  50. i stare stealthly if she looks good :^) i dont mean to be rude.. just.. horny

  51. Haha, I was shocked when I was in LA that an employee at the hotel I was staying told me, don't go three streets down there, the gangs will kill you.
    I always surprised how any American can even begin to think that West-Europe is not save 🙂
    Then again, I live in Vienna, so most other countries feel to me like the Wild West.

  52. You should add under safety that robbery is far less common than pickpocketing XD.

  53. Personal safety? Just compare the mass shootings in Germany and USA. All those hoaxes about how it's not safe cause of immigrants are churned out by Kremlin and spread by its trolls. Germany is perfectly safe.

  54. Don't just round up to the next Euro. Alot of germans do it, but waiters hate this and will not be happy about it. You should allways tip about 10% if you were not unhappy with your service or even more (15-20%) if you were really happy. I have been working in the sevice industry in Germany for a really long time, so I know what I am talking about.

  55. I was born in germany …. i heard sooo much horror about things in other contrys. Every time i have the chance to speak with a person from this land i asked how is this or that and ALWAYS the answers are not negative , its positive all the time. What i want to say : dont go by official reports are what foreigners say about a countrys , try asking someone from there. The informations is ALWAYS better. And uhm i want to say something about germans ppl … normally we are more foreward when we want to know something that we dont understand. It maybe a little awkyard for others , but in my opinion its better to have a maybe awkyard situation than to stay stupid and dont get the answers that you want. By the way i just found your videos. I think they are very very good ! You may think that the differences are very heavy but i think they are pretty small … its more like different habbits. Here in germany EVERYOINE has a health insurance by law. Afaik americans dont have something like this ( except the now canceled "Obamacare" ). I just cant understand why the american dont want to be sure that they dont have to sell their last shirt to pay the doctor. Maybe you can say a word about this ? I really would like to hear your opinion about this matter.

  56. The worst thing you can do is to think that everyone in Germany wears a Dirndl or a Lederhose. Because then, almost nobody likes you from the beginning.
    That is important 😳😅😂

  57. wow all of the sudden i like germany a bit more 🙂
    being german, complaining about germany all the time 😀
    but cash sucks, and online transactions taking 3 days. all the stores closed on sundays..
    in some things we are way backwards

  58. To cross a street at a red light cost a fine of 5,-€, if a policeman is watching this !

  59. PLEASE don't give advice based on your observations 🙂 Just because many many Germans don't understand the concept of paying for service and tipping accordingly, doesn't mean that "rounding up" is what you do. It's a horrible thing to do and even though you have probably witnessed this several times, there is still quite a few of us who appreciate good service in restaurants.

    And yes, servers make more (guaranteed!) money in Germany, but they still don't make much. so tipping 10-15% is absolutely fair and adequate.

  60. It is considered to be okay in German to tip between 5 and 10 percent. Less is frowned upon, more is always welcome. Just rounding up (e.g. giving 40 when the bill is 39.50) is not how you should do it.

  61. Nooooo, you just have to learn how to walk on cobblestones in high heels. It's an art! 😉

  62. 10:15 why would you do shit like that? Crossing red light? It’s dangerous af… and bad example for children.

  63. We (as a German family, when we go eating outside the house) usually tip by rounding up, but normally not just to the next Euro. We make it a mix of rounding up and making it a 10-15% tip ^^

  64. Also, if you can't find a sweet little family owned hotel, especially if you're backpacking or travelling alone, stay at one of those DJH youth hostels. They're pretty high quality while still being cheap and breakfast's usually included. Plus, you'll probably meet a lot new, nice and open-minded persons 🙂

  65. The german staring is annoying even for younger germans! The germans are pretty tied to themselves and don't cause much attention in public. So if somebody talks english near them, just looks different or stands out of the crowd in any way, they get instantly curious. They won't start a conversation because they are still tied to themselves, but they will stare at you until they figured out what's going on. That's especially the older people. If it annoys you, just stare back at them directly and usually they will stop staring when they notice they got "caught". But don't worry about, they won't bite 😉

  66. You give great true advice. Thnaks and don't listen to the naysayers. I think you are awesome.

  67. My mother's family was from Poland and some from around Hungary
    and they tell me tipping is not as expected or common as in
    the USA..
    My Father is German and it is true in that he was always
    the type who respected all the laws. Stuff like not crossing
    on a red was just the norm for him and myself.
    It was a thing of laws are there for a reason and if
    one person does not follow them, it screws up the whole works.
    I respect the German, Polish and Hungarian cultures and
    really envy you having been able to live in Germany.
    As for being safe, yep, I agree. I would feel a lot
    safer walking across the Danube on the Chain Bridge
    and just hanging out in downtown Budapest then
    going anywhere in Jacksonville or Miami on foot.
    In The USA, I am glad I have conceal carry license. In
    Hungary or Poland, I would feel such unnecessary, even if I
    could get one and carry a piece there. Don't get me wrong.
    I like the USA and it is a great country. But, I feel that
    countries like Poland and Hungary as well as Germany are
    safer on average then the USA. Especially for kids, women
    and older people.

    Oh, do NOT clink a glass as a toast in Hungary…
    Some people still find it offensive. Mostly older people.

  68. Facebook is obviously a very trustworthy source of information concerning the subject of immigration, I am afraid. And the thing at 12:30, next to Facebook being unreliable in general, some words of advice: camera-use and editing…. If people know how incredibly easy it is to become subjective in camera-use and editing, even without it being your direct intention as a camera operator or video-editor they would look different at news. Also, the amount of supposedly spontaneous things you see on the news that people were told "to do again" because 9 out of 10 times, as a camera operator, you are to late when spotting it for the first time and having set your camera, is probably also mindblowing.

  69. It's rude to stare in germany too, or at least in austria it is. The most people just don't care about it.

  70. 2:00
    Wait…you can change the amount that will be charged after the receipt already has been printed? That sounds crazy to me as a stereotypical German 😉

  71. I'm Spanish living in Berlin and yes, they stare and now I do it too. Maybe it is related to being free to do it and nobody taking being stared as something completely aggressive. In Spain for example, people would get offended

  72. Of course Germans (and every other nationality) would stare at you because you're a cutie :p Thanks for the useful and enjoyable video.

  73. you are not allowed to keep those glasses.
    its illegal and considered as a theft. You have to bring the glass back to the vendor.

  74. Staring is rude here in germany as well, at least where i live. People just do it, because…they are inconsiderate and selfish.

  75. I do love staring at people… But I doubt that's the way you should do it 🙂

  76. Only Americans get surprised when the waiter returns the change to you. Weird culture.

  77. That's just the right-wings who wants to spread panic about immigrants. Nobody should listen to them. Greetings from Germany 😉
    I really wasn't aware about the staring-thing, I will be more careful now about that.

  78. I like most of the "average" american people and much of the American way of live, but if I was going to spend my holidays or even longer in the USA, I would really be afraid of the American justice system.
    First the concept of a jury of lay people deciding if someone is guilty or not of whatever crime, scares me, because it is just an opinion instead of solid evidence.
    Second there is the death-"penalty", which in my opinion cannot be a penalty, because a penalty should change someone to be a better person. How can anyone change his character, when he is dead?
    Third the punishment range seems strange and even kind of dangerous to me also at other crimes.
    Take for example Jan Rouven, a German magician:
    He was sentenced to 20 years in prison for having child porn on his computer.
    Don´t get me wrong, i completely agree that this was wrong and has to be punished.
    I have a 7 years old daughter myself and I would be ready to kill anyone who does any harm to her, BUT:
    Rouven did not touch any child or organize the production of such clips in any way.
    So when you think about it trying to avoid disgust and emotion, his live is now destroyed for changing some bits and bytes on his harddisk.
    Now many people will say he destroyed childrens lives.
    Actually childrens lives were destroyed by the producers of porn clips.
    If they didn´t produce them, no one could share them, could they?
    And if no one was ready to abuse children, even a demand of such clips wouldn´t change anything.
    Again: I´m not saying that this was ok. But I do think it´s not worth 20 years.

    In addition to that: I did not know (and couldn´t have imagined) that something is wrong with drinking alcohol in public as long as you do behave properly.
    Maybe getting arrested any paying money for this is not the worst that could happen to me in the USA.
    But who knows what else might there be forbidden?
    Maybe I go to prison or lose my car for driving too fast. Who knows? I don´t.
    Doesn´t make me feel save.

  79. The first and only tip for u is: Dont do such useless videos about germany. Its only the thing, that us see around you. thats not the reality

  80. I asked(but demanding) my niece to do the same as you went from Mainz Hbf to Rüdesheim… i was so ''envy'' you but wait my niece will revenge… she's in Kehl,Germany… but she chose Europa-Park.

  81. I´m from Munich and i can say, that this Dirndl and Lederhosn thing has occured the last 15 years. Before that, only the people from the country came in "Trachten" to the Oktoberfest (which is called Wiesn by Bavarian people) I never owned a Lederhosn, and i still refuse to wear one. I go to the Wiesn in Munich Tracht, which is Jeans an T-shirt 😉

  82. All americans we german make fun off you Dirndl and leberhosen Tourists

  83. Good question Kelly, would I be wise to change my money over in the states before I go to Germany or wait and do it in Germany.Peace😊

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