A Guide to German Culture and Customs

A Guide to German Culture and Customs

A Guide to German Culture and Customs

As an international student, knowing the culture and customs in Germany is vital. It will help you adjust to the environment while learning interesting things.

Germany is home to a myriad of cultures, all of which rests on rich European history. All these fascinating cultural specifics will unfold during your stay in Germany.

If you don’t know how to start learning German culture and customs, we’ve got you covered. We’ve collected a few things that you’ll find useful while in Germany:

Traditional Clothing

You’ll notice that an ordinary local would often dress based on the Western-type of clothing. They’re typically in simple shirts and a pair of jeans.

Traditional clothing varies depending on the German region. For example, in Bavaria, there are different sets of clothes for men and women.

Men wear leather, above-the-knee trousers. Women wear an apron over a bodice and a full skirt. These traditional clothing are often worn during festivities.

German Art

Art in Germany remains one of the world’s most celebrated forms of expression. German artists have their footprints in art history, from the Baroque to the Romantic period.

German art also has an influence on the Western art movement. It shaped many art classes such as Celtic and Ottonian Art.

At present, these pieces can be seen in the enduring architecture of the country. The country itself is a living art piece and a sight you shouldn’t miss.

German Cuisine

Germans love two things: good beer and great sausages. They even show their love for beer through the annual Oktoberfest celebration.

Sausages or wurst in Germany, are a fundamental part of German cuisine. Apart from this, they also love bread of various flavors and kinds.

One thing’s for sure, you’ll always find something to satiate your hunger in Germany. The wide variety of options will truly delight your heart and stomach.

German Music

Many of the best composers and musicians we know today were from Germany. There’s Johann Sebastian Bach, Johannes Brahms, and of course Ludwig van Beethoven.

A town in Germany called Dresden is also the center of music and opera in the country. Formerly called Florence on the Elbe before World War II, the place remains a destination for great music. 

Apart from operatic performances, Germany also hosts plenty of music festivals. These include the Rock am Ring, which is the largest festival in the globe.

German Celebrations

The Germans are also big fans of large gatherings and celebrations. Despite being bureaucratic in nature, they still have time for plenty of fun.

There are a series of festivals across the country that you can attend. There are also street parades that fill the street with music and color.

More solemn events such as weddings are extremely special. If you’ve been invited to one, make sure to follow specific traditions.

The rich German culture is a fascinating subject for international students to uncover. While we haven’t covered everything in this blog yet, you can check out more of our stories here at MSM Unify. We have plenty of resources for you to learn more about German culture.


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