The best German life hacks | DW English

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The Germans are a practical bunch. As well as coming up with way more inventions than their European neighbors, they also have several everyday tricks to make life that little bit more efficient or enjoyable. We find out more on this week's Meet the Germans.
Rachel Stewart is on a mission to investigate the quirks and idiosyncrasies of daily life in Germany. Every two weeks she explores a new topic - from beer to nudity to complicated grammar - and heads out to get some tips from the Germans themselves.
Rachel moved from the UK to Germany in 2016. As a relative newcomer she casts a fresh eye over German clichés and shares her experiences of settling into German life. You'll find more from Meet the Germans on PLstore or at
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  • Lưu Vĩnh Phúc

    Lưu Vĩnh Phúc

    7 godzin temu

    Vietnamese people can open bottles with everything, a chopstick, a rock, a table, a stool... or even another bottle

  • F Sch

    F Sch

    Dzień temu

    I as a german dont care if people wear shoes. I actually dont really like always taking my shoes off when I visit friends. I got short legs and always trip over my pants without shoes, because I get my pants cut at a taylor and he measures with shoes on.
    And I feel insecure in the summer when I got sweaty feet.
    And I hate it when you need like 2 minutes to open up your shoes and take them off, like when wearing boots and then you go outside for a walk, another 2 or 3 minutes, go back in, then maybe go on the road, go back for dinner and then going home again. Its like 15 minutes extra when visiting friends.
    Also I have dogs and I do clean their paws but some dirt just gets in, and in the first floor I dont care, I can just swipe through and it is clean again. When I go upstairs to my bed, or to get clothes or get to the storage room for games or whatever. And I have a backyard, would be annoying changing shoes all the time.

  • Arthur Giorgo

    Arthur Giorgo

    2 dni temu

    The best German life hachs l Englesh good morning wonderful Thank you yes l How l Love you Kisses New York City .U .S .A .

  • Daniel Spaeth, Jr.

    Daniel Spaeth, Jr.

    3 dni temu

    1:45 I found my way around that with a lighter in junior high but I live in Chicago. Didn't know that was a German thing.

  • Katharina P

    Katharina P

    6 dni temu

    Calling opening a bottle with a lighter 'a special national skill' makes me proud :)

  • Elias N

    Elias N

    7 dni temu

    Hello from Germany 🇩🇪😂

  • Nyx019


    8 dni temu

    Could it be that like 90 % of the comments are from Germans

  • Nyx019


    8 dni temu

    Never heard of 5 before

  • Lokman Merican

    Lokman Merican

    9 dni temu

    What a delightful series of videos!

  • Randolph Crane

    Randolph Crane

    12 dni temu

    Melitta Bentz "smashing the 'Patriarchy'"? How braindead do you have to be.

  • nasno nase-noma

    nasno nase-noma

    14 dni temu

    The silent-sundays aren't that strictly silent, it's more the fact that the shops are closed and you don't work (exerpt from some doctors and ambulaces)
    But the rest was a really nice presentation 😀
    Loved it, I'll watch more

  • tamaka tv

    tamaka tv

    14 dni temu

    german life hack
    how to be on time
    no speed limit

  • Zoran Koš

    Zoran Koš

    15 dni temu

    So German miserliness.

  • Angelina Kittel

    Angelina Kittel

    16 dni temu

    Titel "....German ..."
    German: "Wir übernehmen jetzt alles hier
    Ab in die Kommentare!!"

  • stang seher

    stang seher

    18 dni temu

    She is very sweet beautiful

  • GermanBurleyLover 320

    GermanBurleyLover 320

    18 dni temu

    When I was younger I opened beer bottles with my teeth. But I absolutely don't recommend this technique!!!!!

    • Mis7erSeven


      12 dni temu

      You can use a very big military knife to open beer bottles. That is what my dad does.

  • Camel1991


    21 dzień temu

    Many of my compatriots would not want to believe it, but maaannn; We Poles have so many things in common with Germans!

  • LOU


    21 dzień temu

    One important detail is missing: Supermarktes are closed on sundays for religious reasons!

  • toferj


    23 dni temu

    The house shoes thing is pretty common in the US too...

  • P


    25 dni temu

    Your cool british temper makes me hot!

  • Felix Midas

    Felix Midas

    26 dni temu

    There are always shops open on a Sunday at train stations or airports.

  • AwesomeMarios


    28 dni temu

    I hate silent Sunday tbh.

  • justin Kirchmayer

    justin Kirchmayer

    29 dni temu

    I liked the vid until she startet talking about patriarchy

  • Nettel


    29 dni temu

    In switzerland they even have two mattresses in one double bed

  • Titanix xD

    Titanix xD

    29 dni temu

    You forgot that we (the germans) invented the car

  • Dustin St.

    Dustin St.

    29 dni temu

    I think the half opened window is also a typical german lifehack?

  • Piepsstimme


    Miesiąc temu

    Ich habe Sex mit Tieren

  • DomuX32


    Miesiąc temu

    Or if you live on the border you just go there to shop (Dutch Gouda is delicious)

  • Professor Samuel Eich

    Professor Samuel Eich

    Miesiąc temu

    I can’t believe this comment-section is not token over yet? We’re are you meine deutschen Kameraden

  • Leonie W

    Leonie W

    Miesiąc temu

    We invented the car!

  • X X

    X X

    Miesiąc temu

    You can also use the table to open a bottle.

  • Fx Opl

    Fx Opl

    Miesiąc temu

    The Bierdeckel is also called Säufersonne, make it shine!

  • icky wriggly hairy ugly spider from Natsuki's poem

    icky wriggly hairy ugly spider from Natsuki's poem

    Miesiąc temu

    one thing:
    I've heard that people outside of Germany don't use water boilers. I would really miss that. How would you make tea or instant soup without one. I personally use it to preheat water for virtually anything from cooking rice to a hot-water bottle or just cooking german ravioli. That "we don't have that" suddenly seems really unrealistic. Somebody tell me if this was a lie?

  • EDEKA euka menthol aldi süd

    EDEKA euka menthol aldi süd

    Miesiąc temu

    Guten Tag

  • Real Cyphox

    Real Cyphox

    Miesiąc temu

    some of these "hacks" are quite understandable, but i really cant believe that we are the only country to know how to open a bottle of beer with almost everything. it's just simple logic. we even open a bottle of beer using another bottle of beer as a bottle opener, its that simple

  • Winict Maximus Cosmo

    Winict Maximus Cosmo

    Miesiąc temu

    2:48 that rule also applied in Asia countries, if you are invited to someone's house, better take off your shoes when you enter their house. Of coz they don't have slippers all the time, depending on the season.. if it is winter in Japan then they might have it, but summer in southeast Asia then ...just bare foot

  • Overdose


    Miesiąc temu

    my friend open his beer with his teeth

  • Lukas Schäfer

    Lukas Schäfer

    Miesiąc temu

    I'm so bad with the beer trick😔
    I guess I'm not a real german. But I have a Swiss army knife with bottle opener on my key chain😁

  • max meier

    max meier

    Miesiąc temu

    0:30 Ever heard of the MP3?
    Me: Ever heard of the MP5?

  • Leon D.

    Leon D.

    Miesiąc temu

    My favourite german Lifehack: Arriving at the destination in time by using the Autobahn without speedlimit 😁



      11 dni temu

      It depends on where you drive. Sometimes, you are faster if you don't use the Autobahn, because of traffic jam. Reason? Because 80% of germans, mostly townsman, can't drive reasonable. Big car, but no brain.

  • Lelio Maciejczyk

    Lelio Maciejczyk

    Miesiąc temu

    Its just so strange to see this as a german, because everything is just normal for you

    • Lelio Maciejczyk

      Lelio Maciejczyk

      14 dni temu

      @tamaka tv same

    • tamaka tv

      tamaka tv

      14 dni temu

      nö ich trag keine hausschuhe aber sonst ja

    • Camel1991


      21 dzień temu

      And really we have the same customs in Poland!

  • Thomas Tuchel

    Thomas Tuchel

    Miesiąc temu

    I collect Pfandflaschen

  • Christian Trosdorff

    Christian Trosdorff

    Miesiąc temu

    There are literally hundreds of ways of opening a beer bottle with a random object. Finding all kinda new ways is a German national sport btw.

    • Impulse Zetax

      Impulse Zetax

      27 dni temu

      @Lolipop Cookie Not an official One, but sometimes for fun

    • Lolipop Cookie

      Lolipop Cookie

      Miesiąc temu


  • zInFeRn0


    Miesiąc temu


  • Manpreet Singh

    Manpreet Singh

    Miesiąc temu

    Let's not forget V-2 rockets
    Best German invention

  • Stefan T.

    Stefan T.

    Miesiąc temu

    Den ersten 4 Punkten konnte ich ja zustimmen aber dann kam Punkt 5...
    Wo macht man denn sowas? Scheint praktisch zu sein, aber ich hab das noch nie gesehen 😂

    • Jakob


      28 dni temu

      @whatever ich meine eigentlich Stefan T. Dass er das nicht kennt, aber komme aus Paderborn

    • whatever


      28 dni temu

      @Jakob düsseldorf du?

    • Jakob


      28 dni temu

      Wo kommst du denn her 😂

    • whatever


      28 dni temu

      wenn ich mit freunden ab und zu in bars bin ist es immer so dass die anzahl der getränke auf den bierdeckeln vermerkt wird.

  • Moddnock


    Miesiąc temu

    The last lifehack (6. Silent Sundays; 3:18) is about going to church and praising the lord. Therefore the shops are closed, therefore loud activities are forbidden.

  • RenShiWu


    Miesiąc temu

    Bierdeckeln are useful, I'm sure, but, if you're marking them for each patron, aren't you then wasting them? How are you supposed to utilize them again and again if there are marks all over them?

  • DerJägerhalt


    Miesiąc temu

    how can a video be so boring

  • RioMuc


    Miesiąc temu

    Rachel, what about putting the toilet seat down? :-)

  • Kosta Vorozhishev

    Kosta Vorozhishev

    Miesiąc temu

    Not only germans; slavic nations, such as russians and ukranian, also switch shoes when they come home

  • Leon Maik

    Leon Maik

    Miesiąc temu

    Real germans only needs a hand and a hard corner to open their beer

  • Eugene Balfour

    Eugene Balfour

    Miesiąc temu

    2:23 Off topic, but those are the baskets from my family's village in Bolgatanga!

  • Attune Flows

    Attune Flows

    Miesiąc temu

    am i the only one who find her voice is strangely attractive?

  • Lena Dhonau

    Lena Dhonau

    Miesiąc temu

    As a german, I am VERY surprised that other countries don't have double duvets.

  • Bat Man

    Bat Man

    Miesiąc temu

    You lost me at patriarchy,it sounds unnecessarily pushed into this.

  • sadoko


    Miesiąc temu

    I feel offended 👁️👄👁️

  • MixJik


    Miesiąc temu

    Bruh, true Germans open beers on the park banks

  • 张Megumi


    Miesiąc temu

    I have been using double duvet for yonks. I must say it works....I am waiting for the time when we will have 2 king size beds, one for each. ;)

  • Templar Knight

    Templar Knight

    Miesiąc temu

    Instant dislike because you mentioned an nonexistent “patriarchy”, why’s Deutschland becoming liberal?