When we talk about “Germanness” we also have to talk about stereotypes. I would claim that the ultimate stereotypical German is the one who wears white socks with sandals (I won’t even mention the unshaved hairy legs).
Since 1991 the city of Leipzig has been turning ‘dark’ every year over the four days of Whitsuntide. This is the time when the Wave-Gotik-Treffen (WGT) takes place (Treffen means meeting) with over 150 bands and artists from all over the world.
When Kennedy said those famous words, every German knew what he meant. Nonetheless, there might have been some confusion in the Rhineland; there, “Berliner” also refers to a type of pastry similar to a Donut.
It is known that the Germans have a mind of their own, but even so, the following is an anecdote of a special kind. The potato is a staple of traditional German food these days, but it was not always so.