German soldiers as tourists
They were still boys
Most of those German soldiers were still boys, and they were outside their own village and native region for the first time. It was war yes, but they were also on an adventure. Those who were stationed in Holland were doing well. The people were usually nice, the food was good and there was plenty to do and little danger. The Wehrmacht encouraged young soldiers to take pictures, go on cultural outings and show interest in and appreciation for Dutch culture.
Check out these holiday-like snapshots by German soldiers in Utrecht on UtrechtAltijd.