Advertisement
Advertisement

Top ten German customs and traditions

Share this article

Top ten German customs and traditions
Photo: DPA
12:25 CET+01:00
Germany may bear similarities to many other Western countries, but below the surface you’ll find a cornucopia of mad customs. For this edition of The Local List, we count down our favourite national quirks.

Whether being greeted by strangers in lifts or knocking on a desk instead of clapping, being a foreigner in Germany means facing new customs almost daily.

And ranging from the superstitious – melting lead on New Years, to the socially practical – shaking hands, Germans have their traditions written in stone. Forget to look someone in the eye as you say 'cheers,' for example, and you're apparently risking seven long years of bad sex.

The Local has put together its list of the most interesting and unusual customs that make Germany German.

Click here for The Local List

Share this article

Advertisement
Advertisement

From our sponsors

11 unique lamps that will light up your day

There’s nothing like a little interior design to brighten up a brisk winter day! Here are 11 beautiful - yet affordable - European light fixtures bound to leave you in awe.


Database error:

You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your MySQL server version for the right syntax to use near ')
			ORDER BY
				entries.ENTRY_MODIFIED DESC
			LIMIT
				10' at line 20