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Why was everyone in Munich terrible?

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Why was everyone in Munich terrible?

My partner and I ended a great trip through Brussels and Amsterdam in Munich and were appalled at the rudeness of literally every single person we interacted with. Vendors seemed annoyed that they had to bother selling anything to us, metro operators wouldn't help direct us to ticketing kiosks and then threatened to fine us when we didn't know the protocols, and an old couple literally sat themselves down AT OUR LUNCH TABLE (it was not a communal table) and tried to light up a cigar. We will obviously never be coming to Munich again or spending another cent to people who clearly didn't want us there, but we were so confused by this behavior we wanted to ask people who might be able to explain. If it matters, we are a male/female white American couple in our early 30s who were dressed well and only trying to eat/drink/enjoy our brief time in Munich. Never again.

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Frankfurt
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for Frankfurt
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1. Re: Why was everyone in Munich terrible?

Come to Frankfurt next time, where the people are friendly.

:-)

Mannheim, Germany
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for Zurich, Mannheim
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5 reviews
2. Re: Why was everyone in Munich terrible?

Since this contradicts the mast majority of experiences, I can only conclude that either you had a spectacularly bad luck, or it was your attitude for the most part that was mirrored by people you interacted with...

Dusseldorf, Germany
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292 reviews
3. Re: Why was everyone in Munich terrible?

Next time, better spend your vacation in Hillsborough, CA.

SaarLouis, Germany
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636 posts
4. Re: Why was everyone in Munich terrible?

Hard to tell without having been there... Might be cultural misunderstandings, might be bad luck. The German ruedness capital is Berlin, but even there, the majority of people in the service industries tend to be friendly.

Concerning the lunch incident: There are places where sharing tables is common, and people might be able to explain what happened if you provide more details. Smoking inside a restaurant is forbidden, but might be considered acceptable sitting outside in some restaurants.

Shanghai, China
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5. Re: Why was everyone in Munich terrible?

Obviously you had lunch at a beer-garden or out-door seating area. In most of those places there is no such thing as YOUR LUNCH TABLE.

Florida
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1,888 posts
173 reviews
6. Re: Why was everyone in Munich terrible?

I think all tables are communal and people will join you if there is no empty table. They usually ask.

Was it outside? Unfortunately, smoking is permitted. I find the smoke annoying as well.

I can't vouch for the people of Munich, will find out next year. In Hamburg, everyone was friendly and helpful.

Munich, Germany
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5,191 posts
13 reviews
7. Re: Why was everyone in Munich terrible?

It must be your own fault!

Los Angeles
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19,914 posts
60 reviews
8. Re: Why was everyone in Munich terrible?

Maybe it is your attitude? Of course they are communal tables and smoking is permitted. You might not like it, so be it. Usually people are friendly as long as you are friendly, I hardly hear that people feel they are rude when visiting as a tourist. That would be news to me

Mainz, Germany
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11,271 posts
66 reviews
9. Re: Why was everyone in Munich terrible?

Boy, that 1:3 in the cup final vs Frankfurt must have been a bigger a blow to the people of Munich than I thought...

Dusseldorf, Germany
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855 posts
292 reviews
10. Re: Why was everyone in Munich terrible?

Oli, you nailed it!

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