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to think British tourists should just damn well behave themselves in other people's countries?

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NulliusInBlurba Fri 08-Mar-13 08:29:32

I live in Berlin and have done so for over twenty years now. Over that period the tourism industry has grown exponentially, and the city has benefited from that enormously. I've benefited too from the proliferation in cheap EasyJet flights. Most of the British tourists are great - interested in the cultural history, eating a sausage and drinking a beer or two, then maybe a techno club afterwards. But a handful beggar belief, and they are giving all the Brits an appalling reputation here too. Just for the record: this is the capital of the largest country in the EU, it's not a Greek seaside resort. (Not that Greek seaside resorts should have to put up with this crap either, but they seem a lot more economically dependent on this kind of 'guest').

This is the story, my (very rough) translation below:

"There are reports that 30 tourists went on the rampage in a Friedrichshain [a district of Berlin] hotel on Thursday afternoon. The group has now been banned from the hotel on the grounds of causing malicious damage and breach of the peace.

Employees at a Friedrichshain hotel on Warschauer Platz called police late on Thursday afternoon, because a number of hotel guests were gong wild in their rooms. A police spokesperson said that officers indeed found 30 British tourists on the rampage, some of whom were extremely drunk.

According to a hotel spokesperson the British people, who were between 30 and 40 years old, damaged beds as well as furnishings and fittings in the corridor. The identities of the tourists were recorded with the authorities and then they were banned from the hotel. On Friday morning the police spokesperson was unable to say where the group was now staying or even if they were still in Berlin."

Shame on you, whoever it was! Now fuck off, we don't need your kind here. It's bad enough when you do this kind of thing in Blackpool, but at least you're staying in your own country. Jesus, these weren't even teenagers! Imagine the British outrage if a large group of German tourists wrecked a British hotel!

LessMissAbs Mon 11-Mar-13 13:11:58

Perhaps other nations do not find so interesting the drunken antics of 30 middle aged men abroad as those men themselves imagine? I know I don't!

Hotels can ask to leave whomsoever they choose - they are under no obligation to take custom or continue it when they find behaviour unacceptable.

Sounds like you behaved like a group of schoolchildren, except you were lacking teachers to explain to you how best to behave in public!

Worra I don't have a link but I did read something in the newspaper about it last week.

FreudiansSlipper Mon 11-Mar-13 13:34:01

i have travelled quite a lot and lived/worked abroad. the brits do tend to like to moan and the binge drinking is a proplem and they are often less tolerant that those from other countries

but I hear the Russians are not that easy and seem to have a similar reputation to us now in many countries

I once went to mexico in freshers week (soon realised why my holiday was so cheap) and even though the American students were loud and drunk much of the time they were not loutish or rude and have not seen that loutish behaviour in the states

Tortington Mon 11-Mar-13 13:41:42

Healthy eating is being taught in schools becuase it is the most effective way the government sees of teaching a generation. I think they should teach parents to do this...

Then children can be taught decorum.

the fact that there are programmes on mainstream telly where young people are encouraged to go to Kavos or some other resort belies the tragic nature of our society.


BattyBuntings Thu 14-Mar-13 20:54:29

I can assure you that my husband who attended the above mentioned stag doo in Berlin is far from the stereo types that are described above. He’s a hard working 40 years old father of 3 who has been saving up for the past few months and looking forward to visiting Berlin. He had heard so many good things about this country and went with the full intention of having a good time.

Might I add that this hotel was fully aware that they were a party of 28 and a stag doo? If they don’t want to cater for single sexed parties they should make this there policy. It seems this hotel was more than happy to take my husband’s and the rest of the party’s hard earned money for 3 nights stay and then subsequently throw all of them out on the first night with reimbursing any of the money!

As mentioned above it was 2 beds turned upside down as a joke, nothing damaged and there was no rampage. The hotel had no evidence they could produce on CCTV need I go on. Most of the group had not even been back to the hotel since there bags were checked in and yet on their return they were man handled into a room and questioned by armed guards.

It seems to me that maybe a few hotels in Berlin have found an easy way of cashing in on visitors to their country. Not bad money for 2 upturned beds.

I don’t expect my husband to spend the kind of money he has spent this weekend in another country and be treated in this way. I’m disgusted!

With regards to the below comment please note

1 - wash your foul mouth out your hardly a shining example with that kind of language!

2- We do not holiday in Blackpool we are in our 40’s! not 20’s!

“”””Shame on you, whoever it was! Now fuck off, we don't need your kind here. It's bad enough when you do this kind of thing in Blackpool, but at least you're staying in your own country. Jesus, these weren't even teenagers! Imagine the British outrage if a large group of German tourists wrecked a British hotel!”””

mrsjay Thu 14-Mar-13 21:34:09

badly behave arses usually behave just as bad in their own country sadly, I am always very good on holiday and have never been on a druken rampage anywhere,

mattsdad22 Fri 15-Mar-13 19:45:12

i was one of the brits on this trip. it was a stag do, and yes there were thirty odd of us there, but what has been reported is complete and utter lies. not one thing was damaged in the hotel, there was no abuse ,and certainly no rampage of any sort. it was the antics of one person that was drunk and had difficulty finding his room, thats why we were asked to leave, the police were called and lied to just so the hotel staff could cover there own backsides, there were two beds that were turned upside down as a joke, which we found as a joke seeing as it was my room that was used for this joke , my self and my room mate turned the beds back and re made them, no damage done whatsoever, next thing we knew we had a knock on the door and it was the police telling us we had trashed rooms, threatened staff, and been causing trouble throughout the hotel, all this was impossible because we were not even in the hotel at the time , we were in the snooker bar at the end of the street, we only came back for a shower and to get changed ready for the night out with the rest of the lads, it was only when the police came to our room about 6.30 pm , that we found out what had gone on. to find out that we had been asked to leave without even being offered any sort of refund was a total piss take, we all had to seperate and head off in different areas of berlin to find ourselves alternative accomodation , an expense that we could of all done without, so thanks to the staff at the berlin plus hotel. you spoiled our weekend and cost us a lot of money, berlin is one place that we will not be going back to for any kind of trip, and people wonder why the english and the germans dont like each other, this has probably answered that question for you.

ClippedPhoenix Fri 15-Mar-13 19:56:14

I went abroad last year to spain, the place I stayed was predominantly occupied by Dutch and German.

I found most of them to be rude, arrogant and yes loutish drunks.

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