Author: John Lee (CultureMee Co-founder)
This quote by David Bowie will ring true to anyone who visits Berlin, which is a quirky, vibrant melting pot of artists, singers, students and travellers dwelling in a city which is brimming with vivacious confidence.
I’ve been a few times to Berlin and enjoyed exploring it, whether via S Bahn, on a segway, or even (on one occasion) via a beer bike.
All great ways to see the city, although with the beer bike your concentration might not always be on the beautiful architecture 😉
All joking aside, what can we say about German culture more generally?
Well to start with, it depends where you are.
There is a difference between the eastern and western parts of Germany with those to the east perhaps being a little more introverted (although this is much less so in Berlin which has its own dynamic energy).
What you will also notice here in Germany is that their communication style here is pretty direct, so people are not afraid to “tell it like it is”. If you come from an indirect culture such as Japan, you might find this to be a bit of a culture shock.
This example goes to the heart of why we started CultureMee, our free app which helps you embrace culture when travelling abroad.
A lot of my love for culture came during my summer living in Munich (working in the Hard Rock cafe opposite the Hofbräuhaus) followed by a year studying on Erasmus in Passau.
The experiences travelling around Europe by car, bus, train and airplane will live long in the memory.
So what is CultureMee?
High level, we help you unlock the local culture, such as basic do’s and don’ts, generally stuff to avoid doing so you don’t drive the locals crazy.
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 that Berlin has more Döner Kebap shops than Istanbul?
Join us on our journey to help bring culture to the world, one traveller at a time.
To see Dee’s tips on navigating German culture, see:
To see Dee and I explain our CultureMee app, visit http://culturemee.com/videos/video.html?id=r1ab7fa452cb0fca087175f5b204d5b1.