If you are going Germany then there are a lot of things you need to know before leaving your country (especially if you are from India). So in this post, we are sharing some tips before going Germany and before start some small introduction of Germany.
Germany is a Western European country with a landscape of forests, rivers, mountain ranges and the North Sea beaches. It has over 2 millennia of history. Berlin, its capital, is home to art and nightlife scenes, the Brandenburg Gate and many sites relating to WWII. Munich is known for its Oktoberfest and beer halls, including the 16th-century Hofbräuhaus. Frankfurt, with its skyscrapers, houses the European Central Bank.
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Things that you need to know before going Germany
It is out a doubt I can state that Germans are very particular about their time and punctuality. “If it is 8 pm, it means 8 pm and they mean it. It is better to reach 5 minutes before the scheduled time. Don’t be late”. Very rare you will find someone who would be late. If you know you would be late to a meeting or anything for that matter, make sure you inform the other party about it.
While most people prefer that you speak German, they most definitely do not get angry or pissed if you do not know the language. Although they say that they do not speak English, most people are pretty fluent in the language. Small efforts from your side to speak their native makes them really happy and it is recommended too. “German For Dummies is the best book to know and learn German.”
3. German People
Contrary to the beliefs that Germans are serious people, I actually find most of them pretty friendly. Of course they let their guard down only once they know you but in general, they are really friendly and always helpful (With a smile on their face). Also as an Indian, I have never faced any kind of discrimination of any kind. Plus Germany has tonnes of Indians.
Probably the only thing that you would complain about. If you’re not a fan of the Winter and hence not a fan of the weather here. Of course, they have their summers and springs, which makes the place gorgeous but for almost 7 months of the year, the weather is gloomy. You need to get used to checking the weather daily, and it helps to carry overcoat/ Jacket/ umbrella. As weather changes frequently and It helps to avoid suffering.
If you are a non-vegetarian, Yayy for you. For a vegetarian, it’s pretty hard to find a decent wholesome meal. You can enjoy German bread (300 varieties) and as well you would enjoy preparing Indian food at home.
This with an experience finding an apartment for yourself is the most difficult thing ever. It takes anywhere between 2 to 4 months easily to get an apartment.
7. Boring Sunday’s
Be informed that everything is closed on Sundays. No stores, no malls, no supermarket nothing. For someone relocating from India, where things are open throughout the year, this is something to be wary about.
8. Last but not the least TRAVEL
if you are a travel junkie, Germany is a great place for it. It is pretty central and Germany has amazing train services to other cities of Europe. If booked well in advance they are pretty cheap too. If you wanna explore Germany, go local. That’s the best way to see this place. Each city is beautiful so you can explore a city and enjoy your stay in Germany.
Some Points to remember before going Germany
- Party means only drinking. Beer is cheaper than water here and it’s really awesome.
- Generally, they won’t talk to you first, so you start the conversation and it’s completely fine
- You have to take an appointment for everything, even if you want to have a haircut
- No noise after 10 pm, police might come to your place and it’s serious
- Follow rules every time, especially while crossing rules, follow escalator rules.
- Don’t expect that they will approach next time, so for example if they ask you to go to a bar with them and if you say no, don’t expect that they will ask you the second time. No means No.
- They are very straightforward, so if you have an ego problem, better change yourself before coming here.
- Almost every shops are closed on Sunday including supermarket
- you have to be careful while picking up water as here you get two types, Still (natural) and gas water
- Manpower is very costly, so most of the things are either automated or you need to do by yourself. Best example, you may need to fit kitchen if your house doesn’t have it.
- Whereas German people are friendly, their culture is nice.
- Greeting strangers
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