When you are coming to Germany, there can be some smaller cultural differences that could lead to unpleasant situations. The members of IndiAlumni collected the most common “Fettnäpfchen” (Don’ts) for you. Have a read and if you would like to know more about the reasons why you shouldn’t do something especially speak to your German acquaintances.

  • In Germany, women have the same rights as men and are considered equal. – Sarah-Marleen
  • Don’t brag about how many servants/maids/house staff you have in India. In Germany, students are expected to be self-reliant & independent. Be aware of that at any time.
  • In lectures, normally students get into critical discussions with lecturers and professors. It is expected to challenge professors’ opinions in order to get a greater study outcome. Critical thinking is very much appreciated.
  • Don’t send friendship requests on facebook to people you do not know in person. (Or don’t accept them to accept them). – Neele
  • Going to drink coffee doesn’t necessarily mean anything. – Anne
  • Maybe you have heard that European girls are easy to get in bed. It’s not true, don’t believe that you can easily pick up a girl at any party! There are more decent possibilities to get in touch with girls. – Annika
  • A male buddy is called “Kumpel”. “Freund” could be misunderstood as “boyfriend”. – Felix
  • Maybe if you get in contact with Germans don’t put your arms on your friend’s shoulder while taking a walk. In general Germans aren’t that touchy as you might be. No offense! They are just not used to that. – Susanne
  • You should not stare at people. That might seem offensive. – Susanne
  • You should not drink/share a water bottle without asking. – Susanne
  • Don’t throw waste on the street. – Frank
  • Men should be polite to women. Don’t say imminently that you love her. – Frank
  • Please mind your manners while eating especially with colleagues / teachers etc. no burps – Germans really like good behavior. – Olga
  • It’s not ok to take position for the Nazis during discussion. – Stefan
  • Arm hair is not disgusting in Germany.- Mr. No Name
  • Don’t tell people that you think Hitler is a great leader. – Christian
  • Germans are a little bit different, when it comes to personal space. Don’t come to close if you talk to them, we have enough space for everybody. – Katharina
  • Germans use toilet paper – don’t expect water on the toilet to clean yourself. Instead use the paper. – Kristin
  • People don’t use their hands when eating hot food. – Johann-Friedrich
  • People in Germany might feel embarrassed, if you stare at them (like looking really long at someone, out of curiosity for example). – Piotr
  • No Hitler-Jokes! It’s not considered as funny in Germany at all. – Ronda
  • Touching a woman without her consent– is not ok! – Stefan
  • Timing – Germans are not late. Be punctually at a meeting.- Mr. No Name