04/30/2012 08:01 am ET Updated Jun 30, 2012

Dos And Don'ts Of Visiting Germany


Social rules. Germany's got a lot of 'em, and ignoring etiquette yields a puckered brow, pronto. But don't fret - our tips will get you on the right track.

  • Shake hands when you're introduced to someone - it's impolite not to
  • Say Prost! (cheers!) before you sip your beer - and look your drinking buddy in the eye when you say it
  • Feel free to have serious discussions in social settings - Germans like talking politics and philosophy. They don't relish idle chit-chat or small talk.

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