Always address acquaintances formally. Germans are more formal in addressing each other than Americans. Always address acquaintances as Herr (Mr.) or Frau (Mrs.) plus their last name; do not call them by their first name unless invited to do so. The German language has an informal and formal pronoun for "you": formal is Sie, and informal is du. Even if adults are on a first-name basis with one another, they may still keep to the Sie form. When addressing someone, always use the formal Sie until you are begged by them to switch to the informal du. See more German travel tips.
Mind your manners in Germany with these etiquette tips
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