Germany is Boring!

I'm British!
I’m British!

I am British.

I live in Germany.

I live in Berlin.

In fact, I live in East Berlin!

As far as many Brits. are concerned, Germany is not really a holiday destination if you don’t count the hordes of drunken stag night revellers who ply the Berlin city centre hungry for fun and cheap alcohol.

I am left to investigate further. What could this mean?

On the border between East & West Berlin in Germany.
On the border between East & West Berlin in Germany.

Is it that Germany is plagued with violence on the street and is therefore a danger to law-abiding citizens?

Is it that the food is so awful that you would leave your hotel room plunged in the horror of digesting unsavoury, unhygienic goodness-knows-what-it-is food?

Is it that the weather is so humid, so freezing, so burning with heat that you wouldn’t be able to stand it and die?

Is it that the German towns and cities are stenched with smells and filth?

Is it that the hotels and hostels are so archaic, antique, dirty and old that you would pay someone to take you away from it all?

An organic burger and German beer!
An organic burger and German beer!

No, then what is it then? Why are British tourists so reluctant to come to the capital city of Berlin not to talk of Germany?

If you were to ask my fellow patriots why Germany is not the place to be, they say it’s not very exciting, everything works, the people are über-efficient, the hotel that you booked 12 months ago is still standing, public transport is cheap, works enormously well, is punctual and clean, the weather is neither too hot nor too cold; there is real snow in the winter and you can ski in it.  The tourist guide is highly qualified, speaks a million other languages and is probably better at the English language than you are. It’s not even exotic.

However, the real reason, the huge elephant in the room, the drum-rolling biggest grouse is:

“Well, it’s Germany!”

Exciting times outside the Brandenburger Tor. In Germany!
Exciting times outside the Brandenburger Tor. In Germany!

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Germany is boring!

What do you think? Do you think Germany is a note-worthy country or is just plain boring?

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129 thoughts on “Germany is Boring!

  1. I am born in Russia but I grew up in Germany, I never had friends or any fun in my life and no self confidence and I thought there is something wrong with me. Until I went to a working holiday to Australia for a year. And I was living in a working hosten with a lot of English people and we were together for about 6 Months. It is there I realized that nothing is wrong with me and we had so much fun and I developed strong self confidence. When I came Back to germany I came to despise Germany and all Germans.. I honestly think it is the language with makes things so boring. But anyway I came to hate germay with all my heart.
    But Soon I might have to chance to move to the Uk for my studies.. I will never come back.

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    1. Thanks so much Pavel!
      I’m sorry that you have had a negative experience. The German language can be hard, but once you get a grip on it, it’s quite interesting and opens many cultural doors. It takes a little while for the German people to open up, but once they do, it’s great. My post is tongue-in-cheek, but I wish you all the best!

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      1. Man I’ve heard that “takes a little while for the German people to open up, but once they do, it’s great” quote so many times…. Is it realy true?

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      2. Thanks very much Taz!

        Yes!

        This is common among most North European countries. The locals are friendly, but it just takes a little time for people to open up and talk to you. Unlike in Southern Europe, where the locals will throw open the doors and literally, ivite you to the feast on the very first day! 😉

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  2. I come from Sweden, Lived 6 years in Germany. I work as a consultant so i lived in Germany, UK, USA, Sweden, throughout Europe, Asia and USA.

    I must say Germany is different from them all. It is the people. I dont know if it is curse that is following them after WWI. But truely it is the most depressing, unfriendly, dull and boring place on the this galaxy i must say.

    By the way. visiting for a couple of days is not like living in a place. Yo gotta live in Germany for a couple of years to understand what the guy above is saying. I have seen many guys Pavel (above) even Native Germans.

    Having studied psychology myself. I usually advice young people to run as soon as they can.

    Remember the quality of our lives are not defined by the quality of things we own or the public transport, cool restaurants and bank accounts. But rather defined by the quality of relationships we have the community, society and simply people around us. And sad but true that is not gonna happen when surrounded by Germans.

    It is much deeper than that.

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    1. Thank you for your comment Zak!

      I’m so sorry to hear of your experience living in Germany, however I have lived in Germany for more than 17 years, and still enjoy living here. My article is tongue-in-cheek, but I appreciate your comment all the same. 😉

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  3. Hey there! I’ve been to so many countries in all my 17 years and I really noticed a difference between the people here in germany and in more like.. exotic places. Of course everyone is different but it seems to me like especially the older people have more of a dull and boring personality. And then they teach their children this way and the cycle goes on.. if you know what i mean. Growing up here was not hard at all because you kind of “learn” to be this way. But it’s really noticeable when you come back from another country just because the people there seem more chill and friendly. Now I want to go back and live with all my relatives in greece but I have to finish school here first which will take me 3 more years 😦 Anyways germany has a lot of positive sides and i love its cleanliness, perfect organization for everything and how they help immigrants so much. (please excuse my not so good english)

    Have a great day!

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    1. Thanks very much Athena!

      Indeed, Germany has many positive sides and just like in any other culture or country, it takes a little time to understand how things are done, or how people interact with each other. Of course, Germans are not as warm as Greeks, but neither are we (as British people), or anyone from Northern Europe for that matter! It’s just the way things are, and I wouldn’t change it for the world. 😀

      p.s. Your English is perfectly fine, and if I could write Greek as well as you wrote English, I would be in clover! 😉

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  4. Actually, I would choose Berlin over Paris as a place to live. It’s just way much exciting and cooler city. Boring is the last word to describe it but for some people must be very difficult to think without stereotypization. I’m from Poland and my country also is not in most of people’s bucket list. I enjoy hearing feedbacks how people are surprised after visiting it.

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    1. Thanks so much Robert! Me too!

      I love Paris n’ all, but Berlin is where my heart lies! Haw! Haw! Germany isn’t boring at all, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t actually read the post…! 😉

      p.s. You’re absolutely right about Poland. I’ve been visiting for more than 20 years! The biggest surprise was Warsaw. Most people hate it, but I liked it very much! 😀

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  5. I have worked with Germans and also worked in Germany for years and my overall experience was very bad. They are rude and there is no collective joyous way of life like their neighbours the Austrians (Schmäh, coffee house culture), or the Brits (Masters of smalltalk, general interest in others, politeness), or the Americans (entire continent extremely united by one nationality (it’s gotten less since Trump but you can still feel it)) or the Italians (Dolce Vita) have.
    Everybody has their own way of living everywhere in the world but in the cultures mentioned above, something positive is connecting the people that has to do with tradition and empathy. In Germany there is none of that. To me, it is shocking how Germans have absolutely no regard for making a conversation interesting or entertaining in the slightest way. What is even more shocking is that if you can find a German who thinks he or she has something interesting to say, you stand in awe considering the magnitude of boredom in their story and their consequently two-dimensional, black and white lives. All of this is reflected in their food, their traditions, their architecture, their approach to design, their sex lives, their sense of fashion, and their constantly self-reflected international image. If you want to be liked, you have to stop the boredom and the rudeness (and no: it’s not your stupid efficiency – you are just rude).

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    1. Thanks very much for your comment @Citizenoftheworld!
      I’m so sorry to hear about the experience that you’ve encountered. It’s true that Germans are not the warmest of people at face-value, however after 17+ years living here. I’ve discovered that there is a lot to like about Germany. Quite a lot actually! It takes a little time, but once you get to know the German people, and understand how they tick, the petals (so to speak) unfold, and a special flower is revealed.

      Some nations WANT others to like them. And I can think of quite a few, but Germany isn’t one of them! German people just want to be accepted and respected for who they are, rather than to be “liked,” just for the hell of it. I think, once you get your head around it, it becomes more understandable and begins to make sense, why German people think and act, the way they do.

      If you live in Germany, I hope it gets better. If not, I hope you are left with a more favourable impression. If you don’t mind me asking, where do you live now?

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    1. Thank you for your comment Doggo. I’m guessing that you didn’t actually read my article, ‘cos if you had, you would have realised that it’s tongue-in-cheek. Here’s why: https://thebritishberliner.wordpress.com/2017/10/01/28-years-after-the-fall-of-the-berlin-wall-berlin-ill-never-let-you-go/ and: https://thebritishberliner.wordpress.com/2017/08/02/summer-in-germany-simply-the-best/ and how about: https://thebritishberliner.wordpress.com/2018/01/23/how-to-get-german-citizenship-if-youre-british-how-to-be-a-german-via-double-nationality/
      You won’t get a bigger Germany advocate than me!

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