10 things foreigners hate about Germany

things foreigners hate about Germany
The things mentioned by expats that they do not like in Germany.

There are certain things foreigners hate about Germany, despite the great number of attractions. Germany has attracted people from all over the globe. But where ever you live you still find things that you would not like. We have compiled the top not liked things by expats moving to Germany.

Things foreigners hate about Germany     

Although we have compiled a list of things foreigners hate about Germany it does not mean that they hate Germany. It is actually a list of few things that expats just do not like. There are cultural differences among people. One cannot adopt everything about others. That’s what makes us different from each other. Mostly, people are living in Germany because they prefer the place. So do not go believing that we are actually giving hate to Germany. These are just things that foreigner cannot get adapted to.


The thing that annoys most expats is too much paperwork. Every paper is so detailed and standardized that it baffles most people. Even for a little legal work, you may need to fill multiple forms. Everything is complicated and has to be too precise, too careful and too exhaustive. Most of the time you require an assistant to guide you about the correct procedure of filling the form. People who come to Germany say that they have filled more forms in a few months than in their whole life.


Germany is famous for being technologically advanced. But sometimes their actions speak the opposite. The most surprising example when it comes to payment methods. They rarely use debit or credit cards. It seems bizarre to many foreigners but Germans still prefer the good old cash.

In Germany, if you go to a restaurant, have a meal and plan to pay by card you may hear “We only accept cash”. It can be pretty embarrassing as you ask the waiter the way to the nearest ATM. They will not hesitate in showing you their coldness at this point. Because you are the one causing inconvenience.

TV and Radio fees

One of the common things foreigners hate about Germany is that you have to pay mandatory broadcast contribution fees in Germany. You are obliged to pay 17.50 Euros monthly. Even if you do not use their services or you do not own a television or radio.


What is astonishing for most expats in Germany is that everything is closed on Sundays.  Normally Sunday is that day of the week when a person wants to catch up to all tasks he cannot do in weekdays due to hectic routine.  But on Sunday everything is closed markets, shops and even restaurants. You cannot Grocery, you cannot wash the car, you cannot mow your lawn, and you definitely cannot eat outside. You cannot even make a loud sound on Sundays as your neighbours are resting and they can report you. So Sundays are overall resting day in Germany that is hard to understand for most expats as they want to do lots of stuff on Sundays.

Dubbed Films

Films in dubbed sound can be pretty annoying and unbearable. But in Germany that is not the case. Going to the cinema is considered a social activity. But almost all the movies and TV series are dubbed into German. Even if a famous German actor does a voice-over it still is difficult to watch the movie. In other countries even if English is not the first language they do not dub original language films, instead provide subtitles. But in Germany, I guess it is considered necessary to dub everything.

Conveyor belt in Supermarket

In supermarkets in Germany, you have to load thing on conveyer belt yourself and then also pack your groceries yourself. This can be pretty difficult for some people. As you are loading things the cashier are very fast and all the items are already on the other side before you have loaded all items. And even before you have loaded item you also have to pack all the items. Also, be prepared to pay for any plastic bags in case you forgot to bring your reusable ones. By the way, we have compiled a list of how can you save money in Germany.

Straight forward and cold

Germans are mostly very straight forward. They are so direct that they mostly ignore all sort of formalities and directly get to point. In some cultures, you do not say “No” directly to the person, but in Germany, such things do not come as impolite in fact they prefer it.

Germans do not let others enter their circle. Some expats have started to believe that it is a country of introverts. It is hard for foreigners to integrate with Germans. Sometimes you receive their cold stare, you may say “Hi”; but they won’t be any response from them.

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Most expats find that they are being stared at for no reason. It’s like Germans have a staring habit. When you are walking at the street minding your own business you are being stared at by the locals. Some expats have even judged themselves that maybe they have some sort of problem; they want to know “why are they being stared at?” Even when you get home the old lady in the house next door is watching you. In Germany, intense eye contact is a daily occurrence. It is also used to communicate, for example, a pedestrian eye stare can mean “I am walking here, and if you get pushed over it will not be my fault.” It might take some time to get used to their stare, or you could just stare right back.

8 PM the closure time

Everything closes at 8 PM. After a heavy routine one wants to rest and then go out for some leisure time. But as you go out at night you will find shops and cafes closed. When can person shop when everything closes as you get time to do extra things?

The postal system

Although the world is now digitalized. But I guess Germans just love old traditions.  Even today most of the communications are done by post. Most expats do not understand this and in fact, find it annoying. All over the digitalized world people communicate through emails. But in Germany, all the official and legal documents arrived through the post.

Other things mentioned by expats

Here is a list of few more things that foreigners have mentioned they hate about Germany.

  • Mostly public smoking is allowed in Germany that is not common now all over the world. This actually astonishes that in compared to everything else there do not seem to be many rules about smoking.
  • Germans make everything legal and official. For example, you may receive a threatening letter from the landlord if you are late in your rental payment.
  • They have this nature of correcting the one they find wrong. They do not hesitate to teach you their rules and regulation. For example, if you think about jaywalking you will be faced by public yelling at you about rules.
  • You have to do snow cleaning in your house even at late at night or crack of dawn. Because if someone was to get hurt by that snow you can be sued.
  • Taxis are very expensive. And Uber operates in only a few cities.
  • The monthly public transport ticket that you buy, its validity expires at the end of the month no matter when you buy it.
  • There’s a religious tax in Germany that shocked some expats. The tax is 9% of your earnings, which is taken only if you are a member of specific religions.

If there are things that you find not likeable about Germany do mention in the comment section.

We hope this article does not offend anyone and helps you understand cultural differences among people.


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