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Tipping culture in different German-speaking countries

Different countries have their own culture of tips (money, which we leave to the personnel of the establishment in gratitude for good service) in bars, restaurants and cafes.

Tips in Eastern Europe


In Eastern Europe, it is customary to give tips, because this can be one of the main sources of income for service personnel (more so than wages). Naturally, the owner pays less money to the waiters and, therefore, the cost of dishes on the menu will be slightly less. You decide how much money this or that service deserves, but if you leave the waiter without remuneration, it will mean that the service was very bad.

In Germany and other German-speaking countries, everything is different. You can leave a tip (das Trinkgeld), but you are absolutely not obliged to do this. If you leave the place, leaving nothing to the waiter, he will not decide that he has provided bad service and will not be offended. All services are already included in the price, although this is not mentioned in a separate item in the check. If you decide to pay something beyond that, the service was especially good.

There is in German such expression “stimmt so!” – “no need for change!”. If the check, for example, for 18 euros, and you give 20 and 2 euros you want to leave for tea.

Normal tips – it is from 5-10%, depends on how much you liked and how big your bill is.

Tips in the United States of America


In the US, where almost no one pays cash, you can raise the amount you pay with a card, and the money will go to the waiter. In Europe, this system does not work so well, so it’s best to tip cash.

In contrast to cafes, bars and restaurants, where a tip is not something obligatory, in German-speaking countries of Europe it is customary to leave a tip in hotels, wardrobes and taxis, if you were friendly with you, suggested something or did anything included in the duties of workers.

Unusually for guests from Eastern European countries, there will be a special staff at the entrance to the toilet in bars, cinemas and shopping centers that monitor cleanliness. They do not require money from you and do not tell you anything. They look at you and everything. These people are given to give 20-50 cents.

At the end of this material we would like to give you some useful phrases with which you can ask for an account at the establishment:

Ich möchte bezahlen – I would like to pay.
Die Rechnung, bitte – please.
Wir möchten zusammen / getrennt zahlen – we want to pay together / separately.

I wish you successful leisure and do not be afraid to make mistakes; your habits will be treated with understanding.

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