What’s the difference between an Austrian and a German?

Author: John Lee (CultureMee Co-founder)

“A German says that a situation is serious, but not hopeless. An Austrian calls the same situation hopeless, but not serious.”

This is an old saying which gives you a flavour of Austrian culture, who are somewhat more relaxed and less reserved than typical Germans.

You can see this when you see the Austrians dancing on the tables during après ski on the slopes, although Germans would argue Oktoberfest gives it a good run for its money. I have done both and survived to tell the tale, although my liver would beg to differ!

One word of advice though for anyone coming to Vienna is to never compare Austrians to Germans, this will NOT go down well.

This example goes to the heart of why we started CultureMee, our free app which helps you embrace culture when travelling abroad.

So what is CultureMee?

High level, we help you unlock the local culture, including basic do’s and don’ts, dining etiquette and business culture (useful when negotiating in the local markets!).

We also provide lots of handy travel advice for typical traveller frustrations such as visas, vaccinations and plugs.

We recently launched a video platform, which will put you in the driving seat to give your own perspective on culture.

For anyone still hungry for more, we’ve got plenty of fun facts you keep you entertained. Did you know the unibrow is considered a highly attractive feature in women in Tajikistan?

Join us on our journey to help bring culture to the world, one traveller at a time.

To see Dee’s tips on navigating Austrian culture, see:

To see Dee and I explain our CultureMee app, visit http://culturemee.com/videos/video.html?id=r1ab7fa452cb0fca087175f5b204d5b1.

P.S. Here’s one more of our CultureMee fun facts, did you know that Vienna is the only capital city in the world to produce considerable quantities of wine within its city boundary?

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