What the Germans Love…

What the Germans love, by Packing my Suitcase

The other day I was having a normal dinner at home with W and suddenly I looked at him, and a list started to build in my head. Yes, I am that crazy with lists. Only this time was a very simple list with what the Germans love. Oh yes, they are capable of loving; they are not a people as cold as many might think… they do have big hearts, and I mean it!

It seems to me that the Germans are lovable people – no wonder I married one – and they love a lot of things, I even had to narrow down this list a little bit so you don’t get bored along the text. Now, getting straight to the point, I would suggest that we start with the most obvious ones, because I cannot just write a post about what the Germans love without mentioning beer, sausages and cars. I promise things will get more interesting after these three are mentioned…

Beer

What the Germans love, by Packing my Suitcase

There is no doubt beer is a national passion in Germany. However, for the Germans it is more than just a passion, it is a necessity, some even claim it makes part of their food basics, important for their nutrition.

The numbers don’t let me lie! In 2014 the Germans were ranked the second ones in the World in terms of beer consumption, with 110 liters of beer per person, in a total of 8,9 billion liters consumed in one year! Germany is nonetheless, the 4th largest beer producer in the World!

Wurst

What the Germans love, by Packing my Suitcase

In Germany, there are sausages of any kind you might imagine. Some are commonly eaten for breakfast, others in the Football stadium, some at Christmas Markets, all of them at the Oktoberfest. There are sausages for everyone’s taste: Weißwurst, Bockwurst, Currywurst, Bratwurst, Wiener, NΓΌrnberger, ThΓΌringer, Blutwurst – yes, blood sausage – and the list goes on, because there are over 1500 kinds of Wurst in Germany!

30kg of sausages are consumed by person in Germany per year, the equivalent to 2,5 million tons per year! Bratwust is the favourite sausage, with 2,4kg consumed per person per year. Oh yes!

Cars

What the Germans love, by Packing my Suitcase

Would you have any doubt whatsoever that the Germans love cars if I told you that the best cars brands in the World are from Germany? Porsche, BMW, Volkswagen, Audi, Mercedes… and even the MINI and Rolls-Royce belongs to the German BMW Group! Yup!

And what about the Formula 1 drivers? Michael Schumacher, Nico Rosberg, Sebastian Vettel, Nico HΓΌlkenberg, Timo Glock, Ralf Schumacher and I can keep going. The thing is, I don’t only say that the Germans love cars because they produce the best ones in the World and have some of the best Formula 1 drivers in the World; I say this because on a daily basis I notice how they worry about their cars and take care of them, being men, kids or women. Plus, they value their national brands; the majority of the cars on the streets are German.

Now things are getting serious…

To Complain

Oh my! Don’t the Germans love to complain?! They complain about the long line, about lack of punctuality, traffic, if your dog pees or poo on the wrong spot, if the bus is late, if you make a barbecue where you are not supposed to, if you are too loud, if the product they bought took too long to arrive, if someone parks the car on the wrong spot, if things don’t go the way they planned… oh and I can go on.

But you know what? I often say to people visiting or new in Germany: don’t complain that they complain, if it they weren’t like that, this country would not be the way it is: organized, with everything working as it is supposed to. It turns out, I started to complain a lot too!

Sauce

What the Germans love, by Packing my Suitcase

I don’t know if the German themselves haven’t realized yet, but I have, even though it took me a while: they LOVE sauces! I do like sauces too, but for them, there must always be a sauce along with the food. I am not talking about only tomato or barbecue sauce, I am referring to every type of sauce you can imagine: with mushrooms, white, with red or white wine, curry and so on. If there is no sauce, they will find one.

Rules

What the Germans love, by Packing my Suitcase

In Germany there are rules for everything you can imagine! Rules regarding the time you are allowed to make loud noises in your house, where you shouldn’t smoke, where you are aloud to make a barbecue, where your dog should enter or not, which side of the stair case you should stay, banks, traffic and pedestrian rules, job interview, garbage and hospital rules … etc etc etc.

At the beginning I must say that I was getting paranoid, afraid of doing something I wasn’t supposed to; but with time, I got used to the little rules of the daily German life.

Online shopping

I know that the fever of ordering online is not only here in Germany, but I am often impressed by how much the Germans shop online. I always wondered where does Germany stand when it comes to online shopping, and guess what I found out? Germany is number 3 in the World according to this infographic from Forbes:

Source: Forbes

Source: Forbes

Solution to the problem

Germans don’t only complain, they make it happen! They don’t look for someone to blame when something goes wrong, they simply find a solution to the problem. They love having a solution, certainly they appreciate when you come up with a problem already with a solution! Their main thought is: the mistake has been made/it already went wrong, now we need to focus on a solution. And thinking logically as they do, they always find a solution to fix things.

Palma de Mallorca

What the Germans love, by Packing my Suitcase.

Source: The Guardian

When it comes to vacation, there is a place where the vast majority of the Germans have visited at least once in their lifetime: one of the Spanish Islands. Guess which one of them is the most popular? Palma de Mallorca.

This island attracts around 4 million Germans each year! What?! Yes it is true. Palma de Mallorca is only 2 hours flight from Germany, it is cheap, with great nightlife, and it is awesome. The island is very popular among young people, where most of them go celebrate their 18-year birthday. They even call it the 17th state of Germany… no wonder!

To Travel

What the Germans love, by Packing my Suitcase.

By the previous item of the list, you might have guessed that now I am going to say that the Germans love to travel. You got it. Even though Germany is only number 12 in the World when it comes to the countries that travel the most, the Germans make 70,7 million trips per year, where 57% of the population has made a trip of at least 5 days in a year. No wonder every time I am travelling I meet a German!

What the Germans love, by Packing my Suitcase.

The items of this list are based on my personal observations and experience. Of course I am not referring to all and each German, but certainly to the majority.

About Allane

A Brazilian living in Germany. Married to W. mommy to a baby girl and a Golden Retriever. Traveler, writer, aspiring photographer, diver, wine appreciator, Formula 1 fan, avid reader of historical and young adult fictions books. City girl, nature lover, believer of a better world, one little change at a time.

  • I’m currently dating a German and I agree with everything above! But you forgot something! POTATOES!

  • Kat

    You’re right about the rules, LOL!

  • A great post! πŸ™‚ I especially agree with “complaining”. I do complain a lot (mostly when I am in the office where people do and say a lot of stupid things lol). It feels good to get things off my chest though πŸ˜‰
    Thanks for sharing!

    • hahaha don’t worry, I am also like you πŸ˜€ Glad you like the post!! Thank you for reading and for your comment πŸ˜€

  • AWESOME post!!! I wish the Italians could learn a little from the Germans regarding the rules. πŸ™‚

    • hahaha thank you so much dear!! Ohh my, I never lived in Italy, but I have visited many times, so I can already agree with you hahaha πŸ˜€

  • Aah, that last one… no matter where I am in the world, I ALWAYS hear people speaking German! They’re everywhere…

    • Its true isnt it? Me too!!!! It is incredible, they are everywhere πŸ˜€

  • I could pass as a German, I complain a lot too, hahaha πŸ˜€

  • haha, “Don’t the Germans love to complain?”.. what can we say about the French in that case ? :D:D It never occurred to me that Germans love to complain πŸ™‚ But it’s good to know πŸ™‚

    • hahahaha it is also true about the French πŸ˜€
      Yes, they love to complain when something is wrong! πŸ˜€

      • Especially when travelling. We’ve met so many of them in Iceland, and they were pouting and complaining ALL THE TIME πŸ˜€

        • hahaha I can imagine!!
          Iceland is also a place where the Germans are visiting a lot lately!! Oh well, probably the whole World, they are everywhere πŸ˜€

  • Oh my god! 1500 kinds of sausages?!!!

  • Sha

    It’s funny how you mention that there are rules for everything in Germany. And I thought that Singapore was bad, guess rules will always be everywhere no matter which part of the world you are. Oh, and singaporeans LOVE to complain too! They complain about anything and everything…we have something in common!!

    • hahahaha ohhh my Sha!! Good to know!!
      Yes we do live in very similar places even if they are so far from the other hahaha πŸ˜€

  • I have many German friends, and have been to Germany more times than I can count, and I agree with the whole list πŸ˜€ I loved this post – funny, but serious at the same time πŸ˜‰

    • hahaha thank you Hanne πŸ˜€ Glad you liked it!! When I read it to my husband he laughed a lot and said it was all right πŸ˜€

  • Ha ha, I live in Switzerland — beer and bratwursts are a big deal here too. No Swiss barbeque would be complete without them.

    • hahahaha ohh yes!! I lived in Geneva before, and I can say the same, even though things are more French there πŸ˜€
      The Swiss and the Germans have lots in common πŸ˜€

  • Ha ha! Are you sure this list isn’t for English too! We love beer, complaining and Palma! Although when I was there last year we didn’t meet one German! πŸ™‚

    • hahahahaha that similar? Oh my πŸ˜€
      You’ve probably crossed with one and didn’t realize hahaha… they are always there, incredible!! I still haven’t been there!

  • I am so glad someone shares my love of lists. Sometimes my husband thinks I am crazy, but hey! I am crazy AND organized. I haven’t been to Germany but I do know many Germans and some of these definitely seem to be true. πŸ™‚

    • hahaha yaaaay someone like me!!! πŸ˜€ exactly, crazy and organized, you said it right πŸ˜‰

  • Apples, cabbage, exercise, holistic medicine, Excel spreadsheets, neo-Classicism…

    • hahahahaha the list is huge…. I probably can write some more additional parts to this post!!!

  • That’s a great list. It unnecessarily adds to my already abundant love for the Germans πŸ˜‰ Though I would probably bother them all by constantly breaking ALL the rules. Russians dont do so well with rules πŸ™‚

    • hahahaha πŸ˜€ Russians and Germans is a funny combination.
      I am happy that you like the list πŸ˜€ I hope you can come to Munich sometime!!

  • At the outset the numbers staggering and revealing…how much number can speak out is clearly evident from your lovey post. 110 lts of bear, 30 kgs sausuages…these seems are indicative, the consumption patterns definitely makes a statement about German. No question about their ability to excel in engineering and manufacturing, the best of automobiles are synonymous with Germans, though Japan has some of best quality management in automobile product. But Germans are the best…India it is all about BMW, Audi and Mercedes.

    Very interesting piece of information is on the rules, how stringent and how particular Germans are and good part is that everybody looks for solution rather being part of problem…in life attitude matters and they have demonstrated it through excellence and discipline. Yes, online buying is on fast track, this his true in India as well, it is dramatically picked up in the last couple of years…we have many online companies and one of them is Flipkart and it is going to be next big thing in the e-commerce space out of India…online is really catching up in India.

    So much information and so interesting, I just always look forward to your next post…

    Have a great week ahead…

    • Happy you enjoyed the post and found the information interesting! I am always glad to add something, and give an idea of how things work around here in Germany. Of course I share what I observe being an expat here… every day I learn a little bit πŸ˜€
      Thank you for sharing about India too!!
      Have a great week too Nihar.

      • It was indeed a very special post, normally there are many articles I have read on countries and their people but the perspective that you have brought out is different and the way you presented that made a huge difference…it is not just about the information, the way we give a treatment, is what makes all the difference and you do it so nicely…

        It has inspired me to share few interesting facet about Indians…I will try to do…
        πŸ˜€

        • Thank you Nihar!!!
          I would love to learn more about the Indians… I am glad I have inspired you to do it!!
          I enjoy observing people’s culture, that is why I often like to share a a little bit about the Germans here πŸ˜€ I probably should share a bit of the Brazilians too!!

          • That would be great…I am always fascinated by the liveliness and joy of celebration by Brazilians. Some of aspects that you shared about Germans were definitely very interesting…
            Yes, I will soon share my view on Indians and Indian culture…
            πŸ˜€

          • Happy to know that πŸ˜€
            Sounds great!! I will look forward to reading this post of yours πŸ˜€ have a great week!

          • Thanks for your inspirational post and will try to meet upto your expectations…
            πŸ˜€

          • Awnnn Nihar, you are so sweet πŸ˜€ sounds great to me!!

  • Aha, thanks very much. Now I finally know what I’m like. Although it seems that my unGerman part is loving to break rules. Naughty, naughty.

    • hahahahaha oh well, it is nice to break the rules sometimes isn’ it?? Especially when you live in a place where everything is about the rule πŸ˜€
      Glad you liked the post!!

  • Ah yeay..some of the points are just like some Germans colleagues at my work πŸ˜€ – Oh Rules especially – and they always punctual!

    • hahahaha yes, the rules!!
      You know what’s funny? I am the Brazilian but I am always punctual, W is the German and he is always late hahaha πŸ˜€

      • W will be the first German I have heard about being being late πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ So funny!
        Oh, about your comment on Brazil visit, you can dive in Brazil and please do so I can read your review πŸ˜‰
        I have been dreaming to dive there. I saw an instagram from a Brazilian scuba diver and your country is amazing for diving!
        I just heard the news on the diplomatic relationship issue last night. It is now a popular news in Indonesia. Most likely there will be sort of cold relationship between the two countries πŸ™

        • Ohhh I am crazy to dive there too, especially in Fernando de Noronha and in a place near Santos. The truth is that diving in Brazil is pretty expensive πŸ™ and Fernando de Noronha is probably the most expensive place to visit in Brazil πŸ™ I was planning to go there in October, when I go to Brazil again, but its too expensive πŸ™ lets see!

          Ohhh noo, this is too bad about our countries… Im sad about this! I really hope it doesnt last long!

  • What an awesome list!! And…Wow! There has been a major increase in online shopping over the years – maybe because there is less to complain about (there are no lines when online shopping, no interaction with people, no parking, etc.)

    I knew the first on your list would be beer!! πŸ™‚

    • hahaha thank you dear!!
      Yesss, crazy with the online shopping right? It certainly is more practical… the only major thing is that you need to wait it to arrive, and if you dont like it you can always return it πŸ˜€ it is awesome!
      In Brazil it will take a while until this online shopping increases, because we have a big problem with our logistics πŸ™
      Oh well, here in Germany, I mostly shop online πŸ˜€

      hahaha yess, beer should be the first πŸ˜€

  • I think complaining is a universal thing, no? :p

    anyhow, I had a german prof for my intercultural communication class, and she said germans love to be direct. they hate to beat around the bush, which may be mistaken to be rude. haha!

    • That is very true what your professor said! They are very direct, and sometimes they put their German humour on πŸ˜€

  • Oh, I love this post. You’re right in so many ways.
    My dad is from Germany and i often have the same opinions like germans do. And you’re totally right about all the things that they love.
    My dad always wants to go on vacation to Mallorca. And he likes cars (and Formel 1).
    Another thing they also like it WM – soccer! They are world champions and have a team that knows how to play soccer.

    • hahahaha I am happy to know that you liked the post πŸ˜€ your dad is indeed a typical German!!

      I thought about including soccer, but I just couldnt do it because I am a Brazilian, we love soccer more hahaha just kidding πŸ˜€

  • Kan

    Nice list Allane – I had fun reading through it! Beer, wurst, cars and rules, I was aware of. Not the others πŸ™‚

    • hahahaha glad that you liked Kan. Happy that I have provided some new information about the Germans πŸ˜€

  • I really love your list! Germans are so interesting honestly!

    • hahaha thank you dear πŸ˜€ how long since you moved here?

      • I moved to Germany Sept 2012! Can’t believe it’s been almost 3 years! You?

        • hahaha awesome! I moved in March 2012, so this week will be 3 years πŸ˜€

          • Time flies when you’re having fun! ClichΓ© I know but its so true!

          • It is true!! You are right πŸ˜€ how long are you staying?

          • Forever! haha My boyfriend is German and who knows maybe we will get married. I don’t ever want to move back to the States, at least not at the moment πŸ™‚

          • hahahaha awesome πŸ˜€

  • snezhito

    Reblogged this on Life in Germany. From a Bulgarian and commented:
    I just came across an adorable blog post about what Germans love. I could not resist sharing it! πŸ™‚ / Π’ΠΎΠΊΡƒ-Ρ‰ΠΎ ΠΏΠΎΠΏΠ°Π΄Π½Π°Ρ… Π½Π° чудСсна статия Π·Π° Ρ‚ΠΎΠ²Π°, ΠΊΠ°ΠΊΠ²ΠΎ ΠΎΠ±ΠΈΡ‡Π°Ρ‚ Π½Π΅ΠΌΡ†ΠΈΡ‚Π΅. НС ΠΌΠΎΠ³Π° Π΄Π° сС ΡΡ‚ΡŠΡ€ΠΏΡ Π΄Π° Π½Π΅ я сподСля! πŸ™‚

    • Thank you so much for sharing my post! I am very happy to know that you liked it πŸ˜€

  • Oh, yes! You took me right back to Germany with this post. I love it!! Thank you so much! Nothing says German better than wurst, beer and cars. I adore the passion Germans have for their cars. I’ve never seen a service to do a better job, than one in Germany πŸ™‚

    • hahahaha awesome!! Where did you live here in Germany? πŸ˜€
      You are right, they do a great job with the cars <3 and they also can't live without potatoes hahaha

      • Hahaha, who can live without potatoes?
        I was in Munich for a bit, just to visit, but I lived in Netherlands for a while, close to the German border, so I was in Germany on and off πŸ™‚ Also, I drove through the country, south to north, to get from Romania to back home, a few times, so I can say I saw quite a lot of it. I love the roads as well!
        Have a lovely weekend! x

        • hahahhaa true!!! Thank God I love potatoes too… but not with everything I eat, like they do hahaa πŸ˜€

          Ohh that is nice!! So you really got to see a lot in Germany, soo cool!! Yes, the roads are awesome, I like them too πŸ˜€

          Thank you… have a great weekend too!

          • Hahaha, yes, they can go a little overboard with potatoes, but so do Dutchies hahaha. I guess is the location.
            My most memorable experience on the road was when a car passed us, and it was driving so fast, that not even today I don’t know what type of car it was haha. Germany…. πŸ˜€ Love it!

          • hahahaa true, they also love potatoes! My husband told me it was because of the war, potatoes were the best thing they had back then to eat at home, and you can stock them up for a long time. I don’t know, it makes sense πŸ˜€

            hahahaha it happens all the time on the Autobahns!! There are some very crazy people driving really fast πŸ˜€

          • It’s incredible what the war did to people… Changed the way we live and do things. I guess it applies to the entire Europe, not just Germany.
            Even if the autobahns are full of drivers like that, they roads still feel safer than in any other country haha πŸ™‚ Such a pleasant experience!

          • Yes it is incredible right? I often think of how much people here became more generous with each other… I guess it was too much suffering that pulled people together.
            You are right, the road are very safe, and I also like the experience πŸ˜€ you can only drive so fast and so safe like this in a few places in the World, and Germany is one of them πŸ˜€

          • I’m happy that some societies were pulled together. In my country, people became kind of nasty and mean to each other, instead of sticking together…. and that’s just really bad, as overall atmosphere.
            I’ll get a ‘I love autobahns’ t-shirt for both of us then hahaha πŸ™‚

          • Own, that’s sad to know πŸ™ sometimes I have the feeling that in Brazil, my home country things are also getting worse πŸ™ people are simply turning against each other, one wanting to be better than the other!

            hahahahaha If I ever find this t-shirt I will get it!!

          • I know that feeling. Same thing happens in Romania…very sad indeed πŸ™
            Haha, if you find it, get 2!

          • hahahaa I will get 2 don’t worry… and I will laugh a lot if I find it πŸ˜€

  • hahaha acho que esse Γ© o mal das cidades grandes, infelizmente!