Germany is famous all around the world for being very efficient: people are hard working, everything is very clean and perfect, public transportion is heaven and for many tourists, it is also the land of fairytales, thanks to its colorful and medieval villages that often inspire disney cartoons (the Neuschwanstein castle itself is a perfect example). Germany is also famous for a negative thing: the role it played during the Second World War, everyone always blames Germany for everything they did but do not forget there were other countries that worked together with Germany (Italy is one of them) and many other countries, which during this war were on the good side, in other circumstances did many horrible things. Germany apologized very much for what they have done and paid honour to the victims innumerable times. But leave this thing aside, Germany is a really nice country to visit, it offers different natural scenaries that range from the golden wheat fields of the south of Bayern, to the deep green of the vineyards located in the Mosel Valley or the seasides of the north Germany that remind me of Denmark and Viking period. There is also a wide range of cities to visit: from the medieval towns like Rothenburg, that make you go back in time, to the multi-ethnic and modern cities like Munich, Berlin or Frankfurt am Main. So, what are you waiting for?! Embark on a journey to this multiform european country!
- Crazily Good At Advertising Their Heritage
The thing of Germany that amazes me the most is that they can value everything they have in a beautiful way! They always create innovate and interactive websites about every historical sites in Germany where you can get plenty of information without even buying a guide in a bookstore. They really love their country and what it offers; you can notice it everywhere you go, from the perfect state of conservation of their monuments or from the historical complexes. Germans are also very keen on hiking therefore if you decided to go for a hike, you will never lose the way as the signs are everywhere and the paths are very well-kept; it happens the same in the city, you always find a sign to help you find the way back. Some examples: Mosel Tourism or Rothenburg Tourism.
2. Socks With Sandals
I cannot just say good things about Germans, right? This German trend of sandals with socks is something I really hate, my eyes hurt everytime I see it ahah It is not just a rumour but it is totally true! Germans give more importance to the comfort that the attire can give you more than to the elegance so this is the result. Well, as long as they are fine with it, no problems ahah
3. Always Ready To Help
I got lost sooo many times in Germany that I lost the count. For example once I made mistake and got on the train that was heading to the opposite direction of my accomodation…I had to ask the driver and he gladly helped me out. I could go back thanks to him. Just try to ask them, I’m sure they would be delighted to help you find the way, do not be afraid or influenced by the concept they are cold, they really are nice.
4. Pfand: Tax On Water
This is the worst thing for me xD I just drink water, nothing else and when I realized that in Germany the water was more expensive because of this tax on it, I was really angry. The whole idea is not bad to be honest, it is a way to promote the recycling. You buy a water bottle in the supermarket, you pay it a bit more but then you can get your money back inserting the bottle in a special machine. The machine will spit out some discounts that you can use to buy the stuff you want in the supermarket. The problem comes when you get the discount from a machine but then you cannot use it in the shop near you because the discount is from another brand…
5. German Music
I’m sure most of you never dreamt of listening to German music because it is common to think that German is always referred to as a non-melodic language or perceived as a rough language. I cannot deny that German sounds, compared to romance languages’, are rougher but it is not as bad as you think. There are not just heavy metal bands but many nice pop bands like Glasperlenspiel, that produces easy-listening songs with nice lyrics or this genre called Schlaeger, which is something very German. This genre is widely spread in South Germany, in Switzerland and in Austria; they are mainly love songs with a nice rhythm. Have a look at Helene Fischer, her songs are cute.
Everyone knows that German beers are the most famous and they have a huge beer selection. I do not drink so I will not speak about the beer quality or else...I am just here to complain that a water glass is more expensive of a beer one in Germany ahah I guess it is pretty normal up there but for me it is kinda weird. Germany is really the right place for everyone who loves beer 😉
7. Ja Wohl, Deutsch!
I already mentioned the fact that German is often referred to as a rough and unmelodic language. One thing that is sure is that its grammar is very hard and some words are really really long! I name you some examples: Unabhaengigkeitserklaerungen or Geschlechtsverkehr. The first one means Indipendence Declaration and the second one can be roughly translated as Sex but it is more sexual relationship. My teacher used to say that German words are not long, it is just that they link different words together and make up one word while other languages say it with more words linked to each other so I guess it is not as much as horrible as we thought ahah I think she is totally right!
8. Wind Turbines
I realized that Germany uses much renewable energy, especially produced by wind turbines. In Mosel but also in many other places, the German territory is quite flat making it perfect for building wind turbines. You also find many houses provided with solar panels depite the fact Germany is not the sunniest country out there, they still do everything they can to get some renewable energy and help the environment. I think Italy and many other countries around the world should learn from Germany.
9. Very Interesting Museums
Since I was child attending elementary school, teachers always brought me and my classmates to visit super boring museums, this made me think that these kinds of places were just boring, it always was a duty I had to carry out for the school. Just recently, when I started travelling, I got interested in museums again because they can teach you the story of the place you are visiting and make you learn more. I appreciate much more museums now but Germany made me like them even more! They make every kind of museum very interesting and fun: they are very interactive but at the same time very informative. They make you learn by having fun, something possible of course 😉 If you are going to visit Germany, I highly advice you to visit some, especially in Berlin. My recommendation is the DDR Museum I talked about in my previous article.
Or better call it Wein? For me it was quite a shock to find out that in Germany, in a north european country, they grow vineyards! In my complete ignorance, I have always thought that they could just grow in warmer countries like Italy, Spain, France or Portugal and I had not the minimal idea that I could find them in Germany. Actually, Germans have vineyards in many places like Mosel, Rhine and Bayern too. The most famous, I suppose, is Riesling wine I talked about in my previous posts. The vineyards really give a beautiful charm to the surrounding landscapes, a perfect example is Wuerzburg. So, if you are a wine fan, don’t understimate Germany thinking that they just produce beer, bear in mind that you can also find good wine!