Part II: A Brief Guide to the Mentalities of Major German Cities: Munich and Frankfurt
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 Munich and Frankfurt.
- Munich: Germany’s largest village
Nestled at the gate to the Alps, the capital of Munich is a wealthy technological hub that doesn’t forget its deep culturally rooted Bavarian traditions. You may already have entrenched stereotypes that Bavarians like to wear Lederhosen whilst devouring their white sausage and sweet mustard-based breakfast as they sip on their 1 litre beer tankards at 11am (We may be pulling your leg here slightly).
Nowadays, you will find that the average Münchner has an approach to life which adapts marvelously into the 21st century. Munich is a prosperous and exceptionally clean city, whose pavements shine and seem fit to eat your dinner off. Munich is synonymous with keeping high standards with a special focus on order: Jaywalking for example, unlike in Berlin and Hamburg will land you in a telling off by the police if caught, should they be happen to be passing by triumphantly in their BMWs.
Furthermore, there is a noticeable comfortable and cozy feel to Munich. The locals are proud of their “Gemütlichkeit”, a term representing warmth and coziness and it is a feeling which subtly makes itself present throughout the city - from the lush green parks, the neatly placed churches on every corner to the dimly lit oak finished bars.
Exceptionalism is also a topic which the average Münchner celebrates. Munich is after all the capital of the fiercely proud federal state of Bavaria, which celebrated independence for many hundreds of years. In Munich you can find the most prestigious universities, one of the world’s largest city parks in the form of the Englischer Garten, beautiful architecture as well as arguably some of Germany’s best lager beers, or “Helles” as the locals call them.
Moreover, the city is home to FC Bayern Munich, by far the richest German football team (in line with Munich’s qualities) whose wealth allows them to enjoy footballing domination in Germany on and off the pitch (as much as it pains us to say here in the Smunch HQ). In addition, Munich enjoys the accolade of being one of Germany’s most wealthy cities - hosting worldwide renowned companies such as BMW, Siemens and Allianz as well as an array of tech startups and insurance companies. If you’re tech focussed and enjoy the quality in the little things in life, the Munich mentality will complement you nicely.
- 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.
- 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