There are no set rules or customs for how the man will meet up with the woman for their date though.
It is acceptable to meet at a specified location or for the male to pick up the woman at her home.
German men will always initiate a date with a woman.
The man asks the woman out and is also expected to pay for the date.
Our teacher also mentioned that at the University of Tuebingen, the university where I am studying, most students are involved in a long-term relationship. So I was somewhat skeptical to hear that the norm in Germany is to be in a long-term relationship lasting for multiple years.
When it comes to dating there are certain rules and customs that most cultures hold dear, and simply just not knowing can cause a breakdown in communication. Most of the customs surrounding dating in Germany are a lot like those of the United States, with the exception that German couples that are dating are more likely to engage in group dates.
customs however, something as small as being 10 minutes late bringing home your date can result in there never being another date because of the value that Germans place on punctuality.
However if a young woman, presumably living with her parents, has accepted the invitation of a man it is customary for him to pick her up at her home; bringing a small bouquet, or a flower or two for the mother is considered in good taste. it is not unusual in Germany for a man to date a woman much younger than he. Most German parents do not expect (and may even get down-right nasty) if serious advances are made toward a young daughter (she having ideas of her own, notwithstanding.).
Remember, however, flowers for mom, In no way indicates interest in the daughter (or the mother for that matter! A man won’t be thrown out of the house if be doesn’t make this gesture but to bring flowers will indeed enhance his image. Dating here, might be better considered a form of socializing and not a preliminary step to bedding down or marriage.