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10 very German passions

May 9, 2018

Admittedly, not all Germans are deeply enthusiastic about these cultural habits — but you shouldn't be surprised if you meet one who is.

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Is there really such a thing as passions that are shared by the entire population of a country? Obviously not, which is why lists claiming to enumerate them are usually based on stereotypes rather than on any scientific analysis.

Still, even if not all Germans are obsessed with the TV show "Tatort," garden plots"Stammtisch"meet-ups and beer, these customs are deeply established in the country's culture and you're bound to encounter them one day or another if you visit or live in Germany.


Click through the gallery above to discover 10 "hobbies" many Germans are enthusiastic about — and add football if you're looking for an 11th one.  

Watch the video below to discover the best German life hacks, and find more from Meet the Germans on YouTube or at dw.com/MeettheGermans.

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Elizabeth Grenier Editor and reporter for DW Culture