When I moved from Italy to Germany in 2016 everyone kept me asking: “Why Germany?”, “Why don’t you move to England or to France? They are so beautiful, while Germany looks so sad and depressive!”
Most of the people who told me that had not even ever been to Germany and I did not get where these stereotypes about Germany came from.
I have been living in Germany for almost four years now, so I can finally tell what I love about Germany so much.
–Centre of Europe
Albeit geographers consider Poland the heart of Europe, I think that it is easier to travel from Germany rather than from Poland, since Germany borders with 9 countries and the prices are very cheap.
I am so glad to live in a country with such a strategic position and since I live here I have been able to travel to Austria, France, Switzerland, Denmark and Sweden.
There are more than 20.000 castles in Germany and the more I visit one, the more I crave to visit the next one.
They are all so different from each other and so dreamy, that they are for sure one of the reasons I consider this country my favourite.
People are very openminded here, especially in the big cities.
-Cheapness of grocery stores
I think that Germany might be the country with the cheapest products in grocery stores of all Europe.
You can find products from all over Europe spending just few money.
Busses and trams are always punctual, they run at every hour of the day and they are never full of people.
Germany is one of the safest countries in Europe and you can notice that just seeing the trams and busses full of children that go by themselves at school.
At the beginning I was also shocked to see girls by themselves around in the night, but now I do the same since I realised that it is really pretty safe in here.
I might be biased, but I think that Germany is one of the most beautiful countries in the world.
It has everything: big cities, fairytale towns, industrial cities, mountains, lakes, rivers, sea and so on.
The four seasons in Germany are simply stunning.
In Italy we experience just Summer and Winter, while in here you can experience amazing Springs and Autumns.
I still cannot believe that I get the chance to admire such a landscape from “my” house or from every panoramic point of Heidelberg.
Being environment friendly is the key word in Germany.
People and children go by bike everywhere. People prefer public transport over driving by car sas well and I even know pretty wealth people who do just take trains to travel to other countries and who never fly.
Recycling is really serious in here and there is a separated bin for almost everything: glass, paper, broken glass, organic waste etc
If you buy a plastic bottle you won’t throw into a bin, but you will put it into a machine that will give you extra money (Pfand) back.
It is also very uncommon, to not say impossible to find air conditioning in the houses.
There are more than 2.5 millions of half-timbered houses in Germany and they add even more aesthetic to this wonderful country.
I do not realise if I am living in a fairytale or in real life sometimes.
You can find people of every nationality here and I love the fact that people are really good integrate in here.
The kids I look after go to school with many kids of different nationalities: Albanians, Italians , Rumenian, Spanish etc.
Mainstream kindergardens are already superior to the British or Italian ones, but what really makes Germany even better are bilingual kindergardens.
I think it is really useful especially for children who have expat parents to attend these schools and being constantly surrounded by both the language of the parents and of the country where they live in.
The smell of mulled wine, the decorations, the cities lighted up, the smell of biscuits and chocolare, the Christmas Carols sung around the Christmas tree of the city, the ice skating ring with the Heidelberg Castle in the background…simply the best Christmas markets in the world.
They totally live by the rules in here without any exception.
If the street lights is red for the pedestratians then they never cross the street, even if it is 3 am and no car is around.
A lot of people complain about all the rules and how Germans are strict when it comes to aplly them, but I think that this is one of the main reasons that make Germany safe and great.
-Punctuality, Practicality, Planning
Germans live following those rules and I could not be more happy, since in Italy most of the people tend to do exactly the opposite, while I am always very early at every event.
Other people tend to say “if you are punctual at an appointment with a date, then you are late” since Germans always show up early and I just LOVE that, since I hate waiting for people who are always late.
Germans celebrate literally everything and there is always a “Fest” or some nice event to attend.
It still seems very strange to me knowing that when a child starts elementary school they will have a party to celebrate it.
It is called “Einschulung” and every kid will get a decorated bag full of stationery products and sweeties that they will bring with them when coming into the class.
After the school there will be a party in a restaurant or at home, with relatives and friends.
German boys are not only handsome, but definitely more respectful of girls than Italians and they never leer at girls, or touch them “just by accident” in the clubs or whistle at them.
When approaching girls they are very nice and sweet as well.
I also find them more openminded than Italian boys, since they are not jealous or possessive and they would never control their partners.
-Equality of women
A large number of women in powerful positions.
Nobody feels intimitated or get schocked if you are a girl with other goals that are not getting married and having kids.
German girls are very indipendent.
Mums and Dads have exactly the same tasks.
It’s pretty common to see fathers by themselves with babies or children, fathers changing nappies etc
Germans are OBSESSED with decorations. Is it Easter? They will decorate the whole house. Is it Christmas? Decorations everywhere. Is there a child’s party? Decorations!
During Christmas time my whole neighbourhood decorated their windows as the Advent’s Calendar.
We got number 22 and so we lighted it up just on the 22nd of December.
Our street looked simply spectacular.
-Lack of dress code
I love how the Germans do not care about looking always perfect or well dressed to go to the club or to a party. Their style is very casual and nobody judjes you if you are not overdressed.
I always get compliments for my style in here, while in Italy it would be classified as completely normal, since a lot of girls dress way much better than I do.
The first reason why I moved here back in 2016 was to improve my German, since I used to study it university.
It is such a clever language! I mean to say “fridge” they say “Khlschrank” which means literally “cool cupboard”.
It is such a complex and interesting languages that makes me feel so happy to live here and learning everyday something new about it.
I love that in here respect is mutual, so if an adult does not know you and starts to talk to you, they would call you “Frau/Fraulein” (Mrs, Miss) and with “Sie”.
In Italy just younger people would be formal with adults, but adults would never use this formality with young people and that pisses me off a lot.
-Cafes and restaurants
They are simply charming.
Germany has got the cleanest streets and cities I have ever been to.
Germans never beat around the bush.
If you annoy them, they will make you notice it just going straight to point.
I would eat them everyday and it is one of the few things I like better in here than Italy.
I had never liked beer before living here, while now I can tell that the others cannot even be called beers.
As soon as Summer comes, the daylight will last at least until 10.30 pm.
Sunsets are incredible and being able to enjoy a Summer day for so long makes me forget to not live by the sea.
The rivers, the mountains, the mountains, the trees, the parks.
Even right in the centre of cities as Berlin or Munich I noticed that there was a lot of green around and that will never stop to amaze me.