Why German Tourists Are The Most Miserable Tourists On Earth

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When it comes to travel, German tourists are notorious complainers, according to a new interview with German tourism expert Karl Born in Der Spiegel.Germans “are behind a disproportionately high number of the ridiculous complaints” out there and are particularly blunt when it comes to registering their unhappiness, Born said.

But there may be a concrete reason for the Germans’ reputation as outspoken travellers.

It’s a chart called the Frankfurt Table that lays out the specific reimbursements travellers are entitled to for shortcomings at hotels and travel agencies.

While it’s not technically the law of the land, the table (written by a German jurist) is used as a guideline by the courts to determine what a tourist can demand for shortcomings related to his trip. German newspaper Bild publishes the table annually, and many tourists clip it and take it with them when they go on vacation, Born said.

They’ll then try to register as many complaints as possible with the hotel or tour operator in order to knock a big percentage off their vacation price tag.

German law firm Advoprax AG publishes a version of the Frankfurt Table — we’ve translated it and pulled out some of the craziest deductions.

Tourists can demand 5% to 15% if the beach is farther away than advertised

Source: rechtspraxis.de

They can ask for up to 50% if there's no balcony or seaview, if they were assured one

Source: rechtspraxis.de

Tourists can seek 10% to 50% back for vermin, and 15% back if the toilet doesn't work

Source: rechtspraxis.de

They can demand up to 50% if the linens and towels are dirty

Source: rechtspraxis.de

And up to 40% if advertised spa services are lacking

Source: rechtspraxis.de

If there aren't enough food options they can ask for 5%, and long waiting times merit 15%

Source: rechtspraxis.de

Tourists can ask for up to 20% if there's no pool as advertised

Source: rechtspraxis.de

And up for 50% for a missing tennis court, but just 5% for a lack of mini golf

Source: rechtspraxis.de

They can also demand up to 30% if there's no tour guide for a scheduled excursion

Source: rechtspraxis.de

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