You’ve gotta put yourself out there! - Social Interaction
The Germans act a little differently in personal relationships than they do on the road and you ought to be more frightened of denting a German’s car than by making a social faux-pas. Germans tend to come across as rather reserved and they warm up more slowly than people in some other countries. But don’t interpret that reserve as rejection. Make that first, important step and you’ll almost be certain to get a positive response. Timing is all important. When invited out by a German, punctuality is appreciated, as well as a small gift—emphasis on small. A bottle of wine is a good choice, maybe some flowers. It’s the gesture that counts and not the cost. But be careful when it comes to flowers. Red roses can be understood as a declaration of love. So when it comes to these, be careful--or if you want, throw caution to the wind!
It can become downright Chilly – the right Clothes
“Clothes make the man”. There’s hardly a country where this old piece of wisdom doesn’t hold true. In Germany one doesn’t have to fear of wearing the wrong clothes.
For official events and occasions or in the professional field – just as in most other countries – dressing too leisurely is frowned down upon. You can never go wrong with a shirt and tie for an evening at a classical concert, theatre or at a lecture. Women usually cut a good figure on such occasions in an evening dress or a pant-suit.
It there’s one person in Germany who dictates that certain kinds of clothes must be worn – it’s the weather god. It can become downright cold and damp in autumn and in winter. Wearing warm clothes may spare one from the occasional cold. Otherwise you can just about wear whatever you like.
Source: Campus Germany