Germany has a temperate climate throughout the country with warm summers and cold winters, however long periods of frost or snow are rare. Rain falls throughout the year. The average monthly January daytime temperature is 3 degrees celcius (38 degrees Fahrenheit) and in July it’s 22 degrees celcius (72 degrees Fahrenheit). Extremes temperatures sometimes reach -10 degrees celcius (5 Fahrenheit) in winter and 35 degrees celcius (95 Fahrenheit) in the summer months.
In many respects, Germans can be considered the masters of planning.This is a culture that prizes forward thinking and knowing what they will be doing at a specific time on a specific day. Rules and regulations allow people to know what is expected and plan their life accordingly.Once the proper way to perform a task is discovered, there is no need to think of doing it any other way. Germans believe that maintaining clear lines of demarcation between people, places, and things is the surest way to lead a structured and ordered life. Work and personal lives are rigidly divided. There is a proper time for every activity. When the business day ends, you are expected to leave the office. If you must remain after normal closing, it indicates that you did not plan your day properly.
The German Home
Germans take great pride in their homes. They are kept neat and tidy at all times, with everything in its appointed place. In a culture where most communication is rather formal, the home is the place where one can relax and allow your individualism to shine. Only close friends and relatives are invited into the sanctity of the house, so it is the one place where more informal communication may occur. There are many unwritten rules surrounding the outward maintenance of one’s home. It is imperative that common areas such as sidewalks, pavements, corridors (in apartments), and steps be kept clean at all times.
German Etiquette & Customs
Greetings are formal. A quick, firm handshake is the traditional greeting. Titles are very important and denote respect. Use a person’s title and their surname until invited to use their first name. You should say Herr or Frau and the person’s title and their surname. In general, wait for your host or hostess to introduce you to a group. When entering a room, shake hands with everyone individually, including children.
If you are invited to a German’s house: Arrive on time as punctuality indicates proper planning. Never arrive early. Never arrive more than 15 minutes later than invited without telephoning to explain you have been detained. Send a handwritten thank you note the following day to thank your hostess for her hospitality.
Relationships & Communication
Germans do not need a personal relationship in order to do business. They will be interested in your academic credentials and the amount of time your company has been in business. Germans display great deference to people in authority, so it is imperative that they understand your level relative to their own. Germans do not have an open-door policy. People often work with their office door closed. Knock and wait to be invited in before entering.
German communication is formal. Following the established protocol is critical to building and maintaining business relationships. As a group, Germans are suspicious of hyperbole, promises that sound too good to be true, or displays of emotion. Germans will be direct to the point of bluntness. Expect a great deal of written communication, both to back up decisions and to maintain a record of decisions and discussions.
Business dress is understated, formal and conservative. Men should wear dark coloured, conservative business suits. Women should wear either business suits or conservative dresses. Do not wear ostentatious jewellery or accessories.
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Romantic Rhine is the most famous section of the Rhine, running between from Koblenz to Bingen. The river Rhine carves its way here through steep vineyard-covered hills topped with countless castles and ruins. The river has been an important trade route into central Europe since ancient times and a string of small towns has grown up along the banks. Constrained in size, many of these old towns retain a historic feel today
The Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) is a Lutheran church that was completely destroyed during WWII. The church reconstructed using original plans from the 1720s and reopened in 2005. The city of Coventry, which was raided by the Luftwaffe donated the golden cross for the dome of the church. Since its reopening, the Frauenkirche has been a hugely popular tourist attraction in Dresden. In 2009 the church was visited by President Barack Obama.
Easily the greatest Gothic cathedral in Germany, Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom) has been cologen’s most famous landmark for centuries. Construction of the Cologne Cathedral began in 1248 and took, with interruptions, more than 600 years to complete. It is dedicated to the saints Peter and Mary and is the seat of the Catholic Archbishop of Cologne.
The Brandenburg Gate is the only surviving city gate of Berlin and symbolizes the reunification of East and West Berlin. Built in the 18th century, the Brandenburg Gate is the entry to Unter den Linden, the prominent boulevard of linden trees which once led directly to the palace of the Prussian monarchs. It is regarded as one of the most famous landmarks in Europe.
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The high season for travel to Germany runs roughly from May through September when days are long and everyone is outdoors. The summer months are no guarantee, however, that the weather will be warm and sunny. It’s not unheard of for a real “summer” to last all of a week, with cloudy days being the norm. Always throw a jacket in your bag, especially if you’re traveling to the Alpine region.
July and August find the main touring areas crowded; always make reservations for these peak months.May, June, September, and the first part of October are delightful, with pleasant weather, fewer people, and less stress. Keep in mind that Munich during Oktoberfest in the fall will require reservations. As an alternative, there are plenty of wine festivals elsewhere in Germany.
Winter has the advantage of concerts, theatres, and exhibitions on offer. Winter days are short, so you must use every minute of daylight to full advantage. Many hotels in the resort areas shut down for the season, and some castle hotels will close for a few weeks in December or January. Check the hotel pages for individual information and always reconfirm with the hotel.
Eat at the vendors –Throughout Germany you’ll find cheap outdoor sausage vendors. These quick eats will cost a couple of Euros. Moreover, meals at many of the beer halls around the country cost only $10-15 USD.
Eat cheap ethnic food –Some of the best and cheapest food in Germany is the Turkish and Middle Eastern food. You can get a lot of meals for under $5 USD. It’s delicious, filling, and cheap.
Take the free tours –The bigger cities in Germany have free sightseeing tours. They are a good way to see the city, learn about the history, and get your bearings without spending money.
Drink cheap beer –German beer is very strong and very cheap. Drink the local beer, and you’ll save yourself a lot of money. After all, Germany is known for beer drinking.
Book your train early –Trains in Germany are expensive but you can get a saver ticket that is around 40-50% off the standard fare if you book at least a week in advance. These tickets have limited availability though so be flexible with your travel plans.
Germany Travel Dont’s
Do not be late. Germans attach great importance to punctuality. You will win their favor if you keep your appointment on time!
Do not wait to be seated at a German restaurant. It is common to share tables with a stranger.
Do not ever, under any circumstances, show the “Nazi salute”, shout “Heil Hitler”, or show swastikas or other symbols of the Third Reich, which is a criminal offense.
Do not get drunk. Public drunkenness is frowned upon.
Do not put your elbows on the table when eating. Put only your hands on the table.
Do not jaywalk. Nobody else does, and you might get fined.
Do not eat with your fingers.
Do not ever ask for tap water at a restaurant, which will be equated with stinginess.
Germany Travel Do’s
Do be on time. Germans are extremely punctual, so be on time for your appointment.
Do shake hands with everyone including children, say “Guten Tag” (good day), “not how are you!” and keep eye contact when greet somebody. Shaking hands is the established form of greeting in Germany.
Do use title and last name to address people. Say Herr (Mr) or Frau (Mrs.) and use the formal pronoun “du” when talking to elderly people.
Do be formal. Dress formally for business functions. No shorts and extremely casual wear. Ladies do not wear flashy jewellery and accessories.
Do learn a few common German before you travel to Germany.
Do have proper medical insurance when visiting Germany. Medical care is expensive, get health insurance especially when you stay longer.
Do remove your shoes before enter a German house, and present the hostess with a bunch of flowers, but do not give carnations (symbolize mourning) or lilies or chrysanthemums (used at funerals). Yellow or tea roses are always well received.
Do feel free to have serious discussions on politics and philosophy. They do not like idle chit-chat.
Do have cash with you. Cash is king in Germany, and many restaurants don’t take credit cards.
Do tip. It is customary to leave a tip of 5-10% at a restaurant or pub if the service was good, and leave a larger tip around Christmastime.