Germany vs America: What to Know Before You Visit Germany

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American & Heading to Germany? German & Heading to America? Here we give you some of the basic differences between the USA & Germany in regards to what is important to tourists.
For a great YouTube Channel with comparisons between German & American culture I highly recommend http://www.youtube.com/alexandjim it is a fun take on the cultural differences of these two countries.
filmed in Berlin, Germany
Copyright Mark Wolters 2014

Comments

Geraldito Barba de Chivo says:

don’t know why I am saying this here but whatever, I japan the coins are worth even more. you don’t get any paper money until about $10. I once reached into my pocket in Japan and thought, “oh shit, I have no money” because I had no paper money but then I pulled out my coins and had close to $35 worth of Japanese coins.

Vertikalo high says:

Ordering in a german restaurant. This is how it works: They´ll come quick and ask you to order the drinks first, since usually you know what you want to drink. Then you have some sparetime to studdy the menu and when the drings getting served they´ll take your food Order.
If you have a ard time to decide what to eat, just say you gonna need another few minutes an they will be back soonish.
If you need something else, just look for eye contact and nod your head slightly or give a friendly beckon. They won´t bother you every few Minutes at the table.

Den Nelson says:

How much is it, roughly, to travel from America to Germany?? (First time Traveler here)

Midshipaustin 14 says:

how many Germans are watching?

Avenged Rider says:

What are the situations in clubs and bars from anyone who has been or lives in Germany? Are spiked drinks around? Do you never let your eyes off your drink? I am American and male and I’m going to Germany on Saturday. I’ve heard stories of even men getting spiked then waking up with no clothes on and their passport/wallet stolen

phantom scribbler says:

So looking forward to going to Germany and Italy. These videos are extremely helpful. Thanks Mark.

Frahamen says:

US dollars basically all look the same: same size, same colour plus the value of the bill is written fairly small. I must not be the only tourist who found it difficult to use dollars, am I?

gwensf says:

Anyone know the most economical way to handle phone service while on vacation in Europe? I think someone mentioned temporarily signing up for an international plan?

Jan Kressin says:

The tipping thing is not true. A good tip is about 10% and I’ve never seen the tip automatically added to the bill. Don’t think this is legal in Germany 😀
I don’t know which restaurants you visited but normally they use the closed menu as a sign that you are ready to order. and they WILL come back to you when you were not ready to order. typically they come back to you once 3-5 minutes after you got your meal to ask whether everything is ok or not. from then on they leave you alone to enjoy your meal.

Sasuke Uchiha says:

Sie being duescht

Just Won says:

Bet y’all can’t say drei kreuze

Just because I said I bet ya can’t doesn’t mean you should

phantom scribbler says:

Thanks, very important information to know before going.

Neville6000 says:

Here in Canada, we have one and two dollar coins, and we also have *_NO PENNIES_* (since 2011) as well.

Thai Dream says:

Wenn ihr mit anderen Amerika-Freunden Kontakt aufnehmen wollt, tretet meiner Facebook Gruppe bei. Ich freue mich auf euch:
https://www.facebook.com/IchLiebeAmerika/?fref=ts

MrD4rk0 says:

In Germany also in large groups there’s no 19% directly included tip on the bill. Thats the Mehrwertsteuer that you got on your bill ( that’s only taxes). Normaly in Germany you don’t have included tips. You should tip between 5 to 15% depending on the service.

Ernest Schultz says:

can I ask about the war?

Steve D says:

Don’t travel to Germany with your wife or children , they gonna get raped by Mustafa and Ahmed

Muescha says:

most waiters ask what you like to drink at the moment when they hand out you the menu. so they have time to prepare and deliver the drinks while you reading the menu

Jan Kressin says:

The tipping thing is not true. A good tip is about 10% and I’ve never seen the tip automatically added to the bill. Don’t think this is legal in Germany 😀
I don’t know which restaurants you visited but normally they use the closed menu as a sign that you are ready to order. and they WILL come back to you when you were not ready to order. typically they come back to you once 3-5 minutes after you got your meal to ask whether everything is ok or not. from then on they leave you alone to enjoy your meal.

Narshadan Bob says:

Tipping: here aren´t any ruls for this, you can give waht you want… But if you give more, your service will be more better next time 🙂 Why someone should be nice for 5% tipping? Not me! The waitperson have one of the least salary.

Nice Videos by the way, i like them 🙂

Mikosch2 says:

890 Euro bucks for a tour bus? Did you buy the freaking bus or what??

Jim Green says:

One thing you might consider as an alternative in many parts of the world, including Germany and the US is trying out HI youth hostels. They’re much cheaper; in many, family rooms are available; often located downtown; and the best part is you’ll most likely run into other foreign tourists. If you like your first experience, think about getting a hostel pass, since in most, you receive a member discount for having it.

Mr Q. says:

Interesting to see that as a German! You know every time I travel to the US people there are very interested in Germany and they ask many questions about our country. Best thing ever was a taxi ride with that big black taxi driver from LAX to Hollywood in the middle of the night and he knew a lot about Germany. “How do you like Merkel? She’s cool right?” “What about all that terrorism goin on over there”? And I replied “Cmon man I’m on vacation and we talking politics”? and he said “oh no, sorry we don’t have to” and I said “go ahead it’s interesting to see Germany from the US angle”. We had such a deep conversation driving through Los Angeles at 2AM and it turned out to be become the best taxi ride of my life!

Roberto Frank says:

Wolters said already one very important thing about the service: In America they need to “beg” for a higher tipping by overacting what they call “service” in their culture. In Germany, they don’t need to rely on tipping and if German go to a restaurant, mostly there is a special reason for this like: Having friends and invite them, a birthday or any other anniversary like couples for how many years and many more. German will feel annoyed if a waiter/waitress will always come to them and ask for more orders.

German love their privacy. Especially, when they are paying for it… like in a restaurant. And… just by the way: A German need to be a hard core fan of the “American way of life” to feel not disturbed by their waiters/waitresses.

But nice to see, how an American experience the German culture.

PAUL FISHMAN says:

Germany is now unsafe for Americans to travel almost entirely because of the Islamic refugees changing the country to a war torn Islamic state. In the past Germany was safe during the 1980’s up to 2010. But now at the end of 2016 It is now not safe.

BelaOxmyx2000 says:

It’s a bit of the same in Germany with the 200 Euro note and the 100$ note in the US: many shops don’t accept them. I even experienced that a shop prefers to get payed 1.5 Euros by credit card instead of accepting a 100 Euro note.
BTW: the 500 Euro note is in discussion of being abandonned. No one uses it and it’s widely not accepted.

Ursula Smith says:

the dollar needs to be like that, no more mixing up bils or notes.

BlueLabrador says:

I don’t get tipping in the US. Why do we have to tip 20% to make up their wage? Maybe you could try paying them more!

Aera says:

lol. He didn’t address the German cuisine at all. Or the good things you can eat there.

dogsareme100 says:

What about handicap access?

Cryz#Tag says:

The german woard for good bye is “tschüss” not “tchus” ok ?

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Xerberus86 says:

you can take your time viewing the menue in germany but then you have to wave or make eye contact to your service personal in order for them to come back.

666wurm says:

German restaurant service sucks terribly compared to the US. Also I so miss the refill habit for soft drinks in Europe.
But, also true: German shop staff is better educated and knowledgeable then in the US, on average.

Kraft Thisile says:

yay! I live in Deutschland! and I’m American nicaraguan.

Marc M says:

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Daniel Reick says:

What if I just tell the owner of the hotel in US, how many we are and let them decide what I need? 😀 Could also work for Americans visiting Germany 😀

gwensf says:

I heard that there are a lot of fraudulent euros floating around. How do you identify them?

Christopher Sheridan says:

As a novice traveller, I found that very informative. Worth knowing. Thank you.

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