Part II: A Brief Guide to the Mentalities of Major German Cities: Frankfurt & Düsseldorf
For those who have victoriously powered through towards the end of the first blog post, we have rewarded you with a whole two more smunch city hubs to explore and get a closer insight into! In this brief post, we provide you with the notions and mentalities surrounding the prosperous cities of Frankfurt am Main and Düsseldorf.
- Frankfurt: Where Apple Wine meets banking and more banking
Moving onto the city of Frankfurt am Main (not to be confused with the border town of Frankfurt an der Oder), the first thing you will inevitably notice when visiting Frankfurt are the dominating skyscrapers. If the phrase “A settlement is defined by its tallest building” were to be true, then Frankfurt would represent the corporate logos which triumphantly display into the heavens - Deutsche Bank, Commerzbank, Sparkasse; Welcome to Germany’s banking hub.
Frankfurt has traditionally been and still is definitely the financial capital of Germany - arguably of Europe. Therefore, it is no surprise that non-Frankfurters in Germany often label the Frankfurter as someone who loves to show off their wealth and achievements, whilst maintaining an open and optimistic nature. They are also regarded as sociable, friendly and generally someone who you can easily share a glass of apple wine or two with.
Whilst this fun aspect of the Frankfurter mentality is a factor, Frankfurt also has a reputation throughout Germany as being Germany’s Manhattan, or “Main-hattan” as its famously called. Although Frankfurt and New York are separated by the Atlantic Ocean and a sizeable chunk of Western Europe, they are similar in that they both have lush open city parks with ever present towering skyscrapers dominating the horizon. Frankfurt’s architecture consists of a combination of various different types of buildings happily complementing one another in a financial collation, glued held together by clear or cloudy (depending on your preference) apple wine.
Frankfurt and New York are also labelled as cities that share a driven workforce who strive to reach the top, or several floors in a skyscraper at least. You will often see briefcase equipped high quality watch wearing business people and bankers out and about wearing suits on weekends - or majestically driving around town in expensive cars. To summarize, the Frankfurt mentality can therefore arguably be described as that of being open and generally fun whilst maintaining a competitive driven edge.
- Düsseldorf: The capital of North-Rhine Westphalia and Karneval (don’t tell Cologne)
At the heart of the Rhineland lies Düsseldorf which also acts as the capital of North-Rhine Westphalia. Düsseldorf is famous throughout Germany for hosting yearly colorful Karneval celebrations every February/March with particularly impressive and often highly politicized floats, whose messages are beamed around the world. In addition, Düsseldorf’s old town is also known throughout Germany as being the longest bar in Germany, with over 300 bars and clubs. Therefore, it is no wonder that Germans also attribute Düsseldorf as being open and social. Düsseldorf also shares similarities with Frankfurt in that they have earned the tag of being home to an optimistic mentality.
Whilst Berlin can be seen to possess similar to qualities to Hamburg as you may have read earlier in this post (well done for making it this far, enthusiastic blog lover), Düsseldorf is more similar to Frankfurt than the other mentioned Smunch hubs. Similarly to Frankfurt, Düsseldorf also has a reputation for hosting many wealthy inhabitants. There is a long ongoing joke within the Rhineland and the Ruhr Valley that Düsseldorf is not only the capital of the state, but also the “schickimicki” capital, meaning a wealthy person who loves to show off their wealth to others, clothed in designer brand after designer brand.
Furthermore, Düsseldorfers have an affinity to their “rheinischer Frohnatur”, meaning they are genuinely regarded as coming across as cheerful and happy. Although this is contested throughout Germany, there is little doubt that the city of Cologne would take a different standpoint - it is the rival Karneval city in the Rhineland after all. However, as Düsseldorf is a wealthy city who plays host to a vibrant Karneval culture with many social hotspots in the old town and along the Rhine, is it any wonder that a happy mentality is present?
- Adapting to various cities: Smunch style
As we have outlined various positive and arguably questionable (depending in what regard you may hold these cities) qualities of where Smunch operates, we at Smunch are excited to operate within these hubs and to be able to offer delicious yet healthy team lunches to workforces, whatever mindset their chosen city may have impacted on them. For those who have no experience with visiting these cities firsthand, we hope this blog post has somewhat informed you of general and stereotypical qualities to expect if you are visiting for the first time!
Your Smunch team