German dos and don'ts

There are many clichés about the Germans, many stressing their punctuality, thoroughness, reserve and lack of humour. This is only true to a certain extent. However, here are some guidelines that might help soften the impending cultural clash.

Generally, people will understand if you make a mistake. Don't worry, they have been abroad and made such mistakes themselves. If you are in Germany for business purposes it might be sensible to do some extra research.