Wigge travels through beautiful Germany for the self-produced series “The Truth about Germany”. He investigates German stereotypes to see if there is any truth to them. The show is broadcasted on DWTV reaching audiences in over 160 countries.
Is the Black Forest really black and are the Germans really as hard-working, reliable, unpatriotic and humourless as the stereotypes say? In this series, Michael Wigge tries to put right misconceptions about Germany in a humorous way. You can find the answers once a week in German and English!
Today our roving reporter Michael Wigge follows up on the term of “krauts”, an uncomplimentary name given to Germans due to their supposed exuberant love for sauerkraut. Wigge explored private and professional kitchens to check out what’s cooking in the stewing pots and approached people eating currywurst at the booth for his sauerkraut test.
This time around he looks at how true the image of Germany as a snow-covered winter wonderland really is. Not very – is the conclusion he comes to, especially not in his native Rhineland where it often doesn’t snow at all.
Our continuing series on clichés about Germany deals with the so-called 5th season, carnival. Our roving reporter Michael Wigge asks his countrymen what their attitudes are towards the merry and crazy tradition and shows us what kind of costumes people come up with.
Germany is one of the greatest soccer nations on earth. They won the World Cup in 1954, 1974 and 1990. Even their women have won the World Cup! But is the passion for soccer shared by all Germans?
Michael Wigge takes a look at the German obsession with cleanliness. He learns the ultimate sweeping technique in Swabia and joins the Keep Stuttgart Tidy campaign. But is Germany really as clean as it’s made out to be?
Today our intrepid reporter Michael Wigge examines the nation’s East-West issue. He wants to find out, 17 years after the Fall of the Wall, whether and which die-hard stereotypes and prejudices about “Easties” and “Westies” still exist.
In another installment on German habits – perceived and real -, our roving reporter Michael Wigge looks at the German obsession with health food. In the last 10 years, the consumption of organic food has gone from 1.5 billion euros to 4.5 billion. But why this mania? Our man travels to the biggest health food market in Europe – located in Berlin – to find out!
Every week, our Euromaxx roving reporter sets out to find the Truth About Germany and investigate the clichés about the country and things typically German – techno, for example. The Germans are commonly seen as the inventors of techno. Kraftwerk was a pioneer of this kind of music in the 70s and DJs like Sven Väth and Paul van Dyck helped establish techno internationally. The biggest techno party in the world, the Love Parade, is very much Germany’s baby. First held in Berlin in 1989 with 150 ravers, the 2007 Love Parade boasted 1.2 million visitors and was held in the Ruhr Valley. But why are the Germans so crazy about techno? Wigge takes a techno DJ crash course in Frankfurt and gets Techno guru Sven Väth to explain the craze.