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25 Things Americans Will Find Weird About Germany

"WTF?" –Every American visiting Germany.

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1. You have to look at your poop. Every time.

German toilets even have an inspection shelf, you know... for medical reasons. Though, I suppose it's not the middle age anymore.
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German toilets even have an inspection shelf, you know... for medical reasons. Though, I suppose it's not the middle age anymore.

2. Eating raw meat with onions for breakfast.

Who needs jam when you can have raw, minced pork?
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Who needs jam when you can have raw, minced pork?

3. Oktoberfest starts in September.

German punctuality gone too far.
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German punctuality gone too far.

4. Actually returning recyclables and collecting your deposit.

It's like a challenge.
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It's like a challenge.

5. Water has to be "mineral".

Sparkling mineral water is a serious thing in Germany. You must have a bottle in your fridge - just in case.
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Sparkling mineral water is a serious thing in Germany. You must have a bottle in your fridge - just in case.

6. You say "Danke" (Thanks) when you actually mean “No” …

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7. ... and “Bitte” (Please) for EVERYTHING ELSE.

8. Calling water without carbonation "silent water".

Oh, and in restaurants, you even have to pay for it.
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Oh, and in restaurants, you even have to pay for it.

9. Germans eat "quark" but can't explain what it is.

Is it cream?! Is it cheese?! Something in between?!
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Is it cream?! Is it cheese?! Something in between?!

10. You are an alcoholic when you drink beer in the morning. Unless you combine it with a pretzel, a sausage and call it "Weißwurstfrühstück".

Welcome to Bavaria!
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Welcome to Bavaria!

11. There are hundreds of different words for the end crust of bread.

Here are 218 of them. Forget it, you will never learn all of them. Just stick with "That thing. Please hand me that thing."
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Here are 218 of them. Forget it, you will never learn all of them. Just stick with "That thing. Please hand me that thing."

12. Mixing Beer with Coke.

Whyyyyyyy?!
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Whyyyyyyy?!

13. There is a juice called "Apfelschorle" which is just apple juice mixed with water.

Germany. The nation of poets and inventors.
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Germany. The nation of poets and inventors.

14. The German Beer Purity Law from 1516 still defines the ingredients of german beer today.

Wanna hear the three magic words for Germans? Water, barley and hops.
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Wanna hear the three magic words for Germans? Water, barley and hops.

15. Drive as fast as you want on the Autobahn.

Even though there is no speed limit, less people die on the german autobahn compared to american highways.
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Even though there is no speed limit, less people die on the german autobahn compared to american highways.

16. You have to master 3 different words if you want to address someone.

The german language will just blow your mind.
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The german language will just blow your mind.

17. English-speakers can't wrap their heads around our city called "Itzehoe".

Just say it out loud.
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Just say it out loud.

18. Eating tangerines in the winter.

It's a winter thing - somehow. What's next? Glühwein in summer?
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It's a winter thing - somehow. What's next? Glühwein in summer?

19. You never cross a red pedestrian light when a kid is watching. Even if there aren't any cars in sight.

You just don't do it.
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You just don't do it.

20. There's a government office called "Ordnungsamt", which literally translates to “office of order.”

Peak Germany.
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Peak Germany.

21. Differently colored trash bins for different kinds of trash.

Again peak Germany.
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Again peak Germany.

22. Shops are closed on Sundays. By law.

The weekend has two days. Saturdays are for shopping and Sundays are for regretting that you forgot to go shopping on Saturday.
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The weekend has two days. Saturdays are for shopping and Sundays are for regretting that you forgot to go shopping on Saturday.

23. The most iconic kids TV character of the past 20 years is a depressed, personified loaf of bread.

His name is Bernd. "Bernd the bread".
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His name is Bernd. "Bernd the bread".

24. Drinking something called "Dickmilch".

"Just like Grandma used to make"
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"Just like Grandma used to make"

25. Party food? Just stick pretzel sticks in raw meat and call it "pork hedgehog".

You're welcome.
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You're welcome.

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