Discounting some of the more bitter responses - “weird and psychotic” or “hard work and volatile” we have put together a list of nine things which might help you understand the Austrian psyche before you embark on a date.
We’ve tried to avoid the obvious stereotypes, and apologise for any offense we might inadvertently cause.
I have however been facing unusual misunderstandings and disappointments when flirting with German men, likely due to cultural differences.
In terms of seduction, the rules are totally different here: the women flirt and men simper.
What was courtship and marriage like for our distant ancestors?
Beginning with the ancient Greeks' recognition of the need to describe more than one kind of love, inventing the word In ancient times, many of the first marriages were by capture, not choice - when there was a scarcity of nubile women, men raided other villages for wives.
But once the party starts, it's not unusual for it to last up to three days.
During medieval times, the importance of love in a relationship emerged as a reaction to arranged marriages, but was still not considered a prerequisite in matrimonial decisions.My article is obviously very cliché, based only on my own experience.I hope the readers, my German friends and colleagues will not take this article too seriously and take no offence but have a good laugh whilst reading my “sociological analysis” about the difficulties of dating a German man and its consequences!As in any relationship between two human beings love is beautiful but complicated.Until I moved to Germany, I was convinced that love has a common language, no matter which language(s) you speak.Reserved and conservative This is maybe why so many of you have told us that it’s hard to meet an Austrian in the first place.One French reader, Valerie, says Austrian men don't know the first thing about seduction, and she misses flirtation and men making eye contact with her on the street. Shy and not that good at flirting Katia Farias, a Brazilian journalist and blogger who lives in Vienna and has been married to an Austrian for five years says he is “funny, loyal, and kind” but warns that it may take some perseverance to snag your Austrian man as they are hopeless at flirting and tend to give off an “I’m not interested” signal.Next comes the wedding gala, and this is where the fun really begins.Guests bring old dishes and toss them at the couple's feet, the shattering glass signifying good luck.Most German men appear to be timid and cold and won’t approach a female target unless they are in a group or tipsy.If he dares to invite you for a coffee, it will be booked well in advance because the German gentleman is busy.At ease with public displays of affection But once you’ve met your Austrian, it seems they won’t be embarrassed about kissing and cuddling you in public.(And this can seem a little strange, or wonderful, to people from more reserved cultures, like the UK, where excessive PDA tends to be frowned upon.) Quicker to become physically intimate Despite that initial shyness apparently Austrians are more willing than some more conservative cultures to move on from the kissing and the cuddling and into the bedroom. Honest - sometimes brutally so That outfit makes your bum look big?Most people are familiar with the German festival Oktoberfest. These celebrations happen all over the world and are particularly popular in America, where Oktoberfest is celebrated in 36 of 50 states.