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Is There Much Anti-American Sentiment in Germany?

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1. Posted by Timothy (Budding Member 20 posts) 11y

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I am planning on visiting Germany next year, in time for Dresden's anniversary and to see the restored Frauenkirche. I have been looking forward to this for several years, but I would like to know if the anti-American emotions are as strong in Germany as they are in France and Switzerland?

I know a few Americans who had difficult experiences in those countries, where they were insulted and ignored; one man was spat on. In the past, I traveled quite a bit in Britain and had a wonderful time. There were a few insults, but that can happen anywhere - but that was before Iraq. Many friends are now saying they will not be going to Europe any time soon.

I don't really care personally if I am disliked because of my nationality; I do try to be polite in any circumstance, but I want to be prepared if the dislike of Americans is very strong.

Can anyone advise me? Thank you for your help.

2. Posted by el.moe (Full Member 111 posts) 11y

i think this anti-american attitude is more against Bush and his regime than individuals that appear more open minded.
nevertheless, in recent times , actually since bushs visit here in germany in feb the attitude is a bit changing tho. bush made statements that he is going to cooperate more with the EU , so the german media and ppl are bit more relaxed now concerning the realtion to the States.

-m

3. Posted by Timothy (Budding Member 20 posts) 11y

Quoting el.moe

i think this anti-american attitude is more against Bush and his regime than individuals that appear more open minded.
nevertheless, in recent times , actually since bushs visit here in germany in feb the attitude is a bit changing tho. bush made statements that he is going to cooperate more with the EU , so the german media and ppl are bit more relaxed now concerning the realtion to the States.

-m

Thank you for this message - it is helpful. I did not know that Bush's visit had any positive result. It was presented here in the American media as an example of how much Americans are disliked. I saw film of the city of Mainz with all of the streets shut down. That received quite a bit of coverage here.

So it seems that the story is somewhat different! That is encouraging.

4. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

Quoting el.moe

bush made statements that he is going to cooperate more with the EU

hahaha

5. Posted by Timothy (Budding Member 20 posts) 11y

Quoting Brendan

Quoting el.moe

bush made statements that he is going to cooperate more with the EU

hahaha

Please do not turn this into a US bashing thread. I asked a legitimate question. If you would like to answer, I will gladly read your reply.

6. Posted by IAMNOBODY (Budding Member 31 posts) 11y

Anti-American sentiment or not, just go. Meeting 'normal' Americans may help quell any bad feelings. Whatever you do, don't go and pretend to be Canadian, we don't like that so much!

7. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 11y

Quoting Das-FX

Whatever you do, don't go and pretend to be Canadian, we don't like that so much!

I don't mind it as long as you don't do anything that reflects badly on us Canadians. After all, imitation is the greatest form of flattery!

Cheers,
Katie ;)

8. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

And remember that Ottawa, and not Toronto, is the capital of Canada.

9. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 11y

And Montreal is the best city...lol

10. Posted by Timothy (Budding Member 20 posts) 11y

Well, since my original question isn't going to be taken seriously anyway .....

There's no chance I would ever condescend to "pretend" to be a Canadian. The idea is nauseating, so do not be concerned.