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Germany is Boring!

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I’m British. Look at my flag!

I am British.

I live in Germany.

I live in Berlin.

In fact, I live in East Berlin!

As far as many Brits. are concerned, Germany is not really a holiday destination if you don’t count the hordes of drunken stag night revellers who ply the Berlin city centre hungry for fun and cheap alcohol.

I am left to investigate further. What could this mean?

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On the border between East & West Berlin in Germany.
On the border between East & West Berlin in Germany.

Is it that Germany is plagued with violence on the street and is therefore a danger to law-abiding citizens?

Is it that the food is so awful that you would leave your hotel room plunged in the horror of digesting unsavoury, unhygienic goodness-knows-what-it-is food?

Is it that the weather is so humid, so freezing, so burning with heat that you wouldn’t be able to stand it and die?

Is it that the German towns and cities are stenched with smells and filth?

Is it that the hotels and hostels are so archaic, antique, dirty and old that you would pay someone to take you away from it all?

An organic burger and German beer!
An organic burger and German beer!

No, then what is it then? Why are British tourists so reluctant to come to the capital city of Berlin not to talk of Germany?

If you were to ask my fellow patriots why Germany is not the place to be, they say it’s not very exciting, everything works, the people are über-efficient, the hotel that you booked 12 months ago is still standing, public transport is cheap, works enormously well, is punctual and clean, the weather is neither too hot nor too cold; there is real snow in the winter and you can ski in it.  The tourist guide is highly qualified, speaks a million other languages and is probably better at the English language than you are. It’s not even exotic.

However, the real reason, the huge elephant in the room, the drum-rolling biggest grouse is:

“Well, it’s Germany!”

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Germany is boring!

What do you think? Do you think Germany is a note-worthy country or is just plain boring?

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141 Comments on “Germany is Boring!

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  12. I am born in Russia but I grew up in Germany, I never had friends or any fun in my life and no self confidence and I thought there is something wrong with me. Until I went to a working holiday to Australia for a year. And I was living in a working hosten with a lot of English people and we were together for about 6 Months. It is there I realized that nothing is wrong with me and we had so much fun and I developed strong self confidence. When I came Back to germany I came to despise Germany and all Germans.. I honestly think it is the language with makes things so boring. But anyway I came to hate germay with all my heart.
    But Soon I might have to chance to move to the Uk for my studies.. I will never come back.

    • Thanks so much Pavel!
      I’m sorry that you have had a negative experience. The German language can be hard, but once you get a grip on it, it’s quite interesting and opens many cultural doors. It takes a little while for the German people to open up, but once they do, it’s great. My post is tongue-in-cheek, but I wish you all the best!

      • Man I’ve heard that “takes a little while for the German people to open up, but once they do, it’s great” quote so many times…. Is it realy true?

      • Thanks very much Taz!

        Yes!

        This is common among most North European countries. The locals are friendly, but it just takes a little time for people to open up and talk to you. Unlike in Southern Europe, where the locals will throw open the doors and literally, ivite you to the feast on the very first day! 😉

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  18. I come from Sweden, Lived 6 years in Germany. I work as a consultant so i lived in Germany, UK, USA, Sweden, throughout Europe, Asia and USA.

    I must say Germany is different from them all. It is the people. I dont know if it is curse that is following them after WWI. But truely it is the most depressing, unfriendly, dull and boring place on the this galaxy i must say.

    By the way. visiting for a couple of days is not like living in a place. Yo gotta live in Germany for a couple of years to understand what the guy above is saying. I have seen many guys Pavel (above) even Native Germans.

    Having studied psychology myself. I usually advice young people to run as soon as they can.

    Remember the quality of our lives are not defined by the quality of things we own or the public transport, cool restaurants and bank accounts. But rather defined by the quality of relationships we have the community, society and simply people around us. And sad but true that is not gonna happen when surrounded by Germans.

    It is much deeper than that.

    • Thank you for your comment Zak!

      I’m so sorry to hear of your experience living in Germany, however I have lived in Germany for more than 17 years, and still enjoy living here. My article is tongue-in-cheek, but I appreciate your comment all the same. 😉

  19. Hey there! I’ve been to so many countries in all my 17 years and I really noticed a difference between the people here in germany and in more like.. exotic places. Of course everyone is different but it seems to me like especially the older people have more of a dull and boring personality. And then they teach their children this way and the cycle goes on.. if you know what i mean. Growing up here was not hard at all because you kind of “learn” to be this way. But it’s really noticeable when you come back from another country just because the people there seem more chill and friendly. Now I want to go back and live with all my relatives in greece but I have to finish school here first which will take me 3 more years 🙁 Anyways germany has a lot of positive sides and i love its cleanliness, perfect organization for everything and how they help immigrants so much. (please excuse my not so good english)

    Have a great day!

    • Thanks very much Athena!

      Indeed, Germany has many positive sides and just like in any other culture or country, it takes a little time to understand how things are done, or how people interact with each other. Of course, Germans are not as warm as Greeks, but neither are we (as British people), or anyone from Northern Europe for that matter! It’s just the way things are, and I wouldn’t change it for the world. 😀

      p.s. Your English is perfectly fine, and if I could write Greek as well as you wrote English, I would be in clover! 😉

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  28. Actually, I would choose Berlin over Paris as a place to live. It’s just way much exciting and cooler city. Boring is the last word to describe it but for some people must be very difficult to think without stereotypization. I’m from Poland and my country also is not in most of people’s bucket list. I enjoy hearing feedbacks how people are surprised after visiting it.

    • Thanks so much Robert! Me too!

      I love Paris n’ all, but Berlin is where my heart lies! Haw! Haw! Germany isn’t boring at all, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t actually read the post…! 😉

      p.s. You’re absolutely right about Poland. I’ve been visiting for more than 20 years! The biggest surprise was Warsaw. Most people hate it, but I liked it very much! 😀

  29. I have worked with Germans and also worked in Germany for years and my overall experience was very bad. They are rude and there is no collective joyous way of life like their neighbours the Austrians (Schmäh, coffee house culture), or the Brits (Masters of smalltalk, general interest in others, politeness), or the Americans (entire continent extremely united by one nationality (it’s gotten less since Trump but you can still feel it)) or the Italians (Dolce Vita) have.
    Everybody has their own way of living everywhere in the world but in the cultures mentioned above, something positive is connecting the people that has to do with tradition and empathy. In Germany there is none of that. To me, it is shocking how Germans have absolutely no regard for making a conversation interesting or entertaining in the slightest way. What is even more shocking is that if you can find a German who thinks he or she has something interesting to say, you stand in awe considering the magnitude of boredom in their story and their consequently two-dimensional, black and white lives. All of this is reflected in their food, their traditions, their architecture, their approach to design, their sex lives, their sense of fashion, and their constantly self-reflected international image. If you want to be liked, you have to stop the boredom and the rudeness (and no: it’s not your stupid efficiency – you are just rude).

    • Thanks very much for your comment @Citizenoftheworld!
      I’m so sorry to hear about the experience that you’ve encountered. It’s true that Germans are not the warmest of people at face-value, however after 17+ years living here. I’ve discovered that there is a lot to like about Germany. Quite a lot actually! It takes a little time, but once you get to know the German people, and understand how they tick, the petals (so to speak) unfold, and a special flower is revealed.

      Some nations WANT others to like them. And I can think of quite a few, but Germany isn’t one of them! German people just want to be accepted and respected for who they are, rather than to be “liked,” just for the hell of it. I think, once you get your head around it, it becomes more understandable and begins to make sense, why German people think and act, the way they do.

      If you live in Germany, I hope it gets better. If not, I hope you are left with a more favourable impression. If you don’t mind me asking, where do you live now?

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  31. Yeah, well, you know, that’s just, like, your opinion, man.

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  42. Germany is nothing exciting to me this far. I’m here now but not in Berlin. 2 weeks to go before home bound to US. No one smiles much and only when at a and or festival. Other than that, very strict and too organized for me.

    • Thank you for your comment.

      I’m very sorry to hear that you’ve not been having a nice time.
      The German people are not known for smiling, but that shouldn’t be taken personally. It’s just part of the culture. If you’re from the US, then obviously, it might be hard to understand as Americans generally tend to smile quite a bit!

      Try not to worry too much, drink beer with the locals, chat a little, be open to a different way of living and enjoy the time you have left! 🙂

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  44. Hi there,

    I must say my love-hate relationship with Germany brought me to this article. I am an immigrant from Serbia who came to Germany and I have been working as a professional for the last 8 years. I must admit, I have very litte if any contact with Germans outside my work and not by choice.
    I am honestly not sure what it is, if it is an age gap (I am usually the youngest) or that is simply how Germany functions. There are many pros and cons, like with every country.

    PRO:
    – you are treated well, I haven’t felt any form of discrimination
    – you are compensated well and job security is good
    – People are not too nosy
    – Life is organised
    – There are many places to visit and a lot of things to see
    – As a professional, it is relatively easy to find a new job
    – There is a good chance you will be able to save up a lot of money, since food and housing are relatively cheep (but it costs a lot to actually buy a house)
    – There are many different options to express your self and join literally thousand of clubs and societies
    – It is very safe.
    -German culture is very open
    – Everything must be good, perfectionism (see below)

    CON:
    – depending from your original country, the weather in Germany might be perceived as constantly bad with grey skies

    You remember I said people are not too nosy. Well, they sometimes literally know NOTHING about you. They don’t ask, they don’t expect you to ask. You are colleagues, NOT friends. Colleagues only work together. This will make it EXTREMELY hard to find friends. I hear all the times “Germans are cold but once they open up”. Bullshit. They are simply cold. Of course and BORING.

    I found a “friend” in San Diego after literally one day.
    Yes, I know he was not a “friend” that would die for me, but give me a break, I just need sometimes someone to chill and not discuss Immanuel Kant.

    -Boredom – Living in Germany, when you have a family and are working, especially in an international company, can be one loooong stretch of same days, just repeating over and over and over and over…. Nothing ever happens, and when it does, it is PLANNED. You want to know the EXACT opposite of FUN? It is called PLANNING. Things almost never happen spontaneously.

    Opinions: Many Germans are “besserwisserisch”. So whatever you are discussing, they will act like truth and facts are on their side, whether it is climate change, 2nd amendment, Trump, life in the US, architecture, wine, cars, trains, politics etc… They will argue in a very sophisticated passive-aggressive way and conclude that every other country, especially the US, is doing something “wrong” and everyone should be so good organised in every single way as Germany. So it is almost, as if they support free speech but you MUST say everything they want you to say.
    Taxation – You are lucky if you bring home more than 60% of your salary, there is always another tax to pay, and Germans will explain to you that the money is used for the roads, public transport blah blah blah… like there are no other countries that have same things with lower taxes.

    -Bureaucracy – You will get between 5-20 paper mails per week. Every little change in your life circumstances will have to be reported (die Anmeldung), every little notification about any change in any terms and conditions will be sent via paper mail, including all notifications and all important events in your building, town etc.. Germany still hasn’t heard about internet. Any business with the authorities will usually be extremely slow, inefficient and expensive.

    Language : (Educated) Germans are perfectionists when it comes to foreign language learning. Many times, they will simply switch to English even if you want to practice your German, they will apologise for their extremely good English. Any international setting will make it almost impossible to become truly fluent in German, as they will all speak English and of course would like to practice it.
    Other than that, in a regular daily life (im Alltag) it is relatively simple to use your less-than-perfect German, never had any issues.

    -Perfectionism and anti-entrepreneurial culture : You know the American dream, work hard, be independent and get rich? Well this is the German dream. Work hard, get all necessary diplomas and certification and work for others until you are 68. Save, save and save and be mediocre. Don’t make waves. Of course, NEVER start a business as you may fail, better work for a huge 100 years old company.

    I would still add that Germany IS a great country and many negative things are a matter of perspective and not facts.
    Thanks
    Dani

    • Wow!
      I don’t know what to say Dani.
      My blog is a forum for you to say your piece and you most certainly have.
      Some of what you have observed are truths, some not so much. But as you said, it depends on which side of the fence you’re on. And in the end, we all have a choice whether to live in Germany and adjust to their way of life, or to pack up and live elsewhere.

      As Europeans, Serbians or otherwise, WE do have a choice.
      Sadly, no place is perfect, look at what is happening to my own home-country. I’m still proud to be British but utterly appalled.

      Thank you for your comment.

    • Honestly Germans are direct and if you want to have friends at work then you have to say it clearly. I have never had problems finding friends here, but you have to be direct and ask questions and open up yourself. They don’t want to bother you that’s why they are not your friends right now. Or if you want different friends then use apps or festivals to find some. I myself was in the U.S. for a year and while I literally made friends in a day, they were never deep and the fake friendliness was boring and creepy. And the whole politics thing depends on where you live and your age. Also: Look at other medias like the French one for example, they all act like they know everything.
      Seems like you personally prefer this fake friendliness and you of course can do it, but maybe then you should act like this too and make the first step. I immigrated at the age of 10 here and while the culture is different from mine, it is refreshing for me. And people talk to you in English because they don’t want to bother or exclude you. Just say you can speak German better and they will talk to you in German.
      Greetings and good luck! 🙂

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