8 Facts About German Life That Can Make You Say, “I Want It Too”

When you come to Germany for the first time, you can’t help exclaiming “Wow! That’s amazing!” Our article isn’t about sightseeing, but instead everyday things that make people’s lives more comfortable. If you read the whole article to the end, you’ll be prepared to plan a visit to this country.

Smiles Tv has collected several interesting things that are totally normal for Germans.

Parking



Women’s parking spaces. As a rule, these lots are located in more convenient areas than other spaces and this is not about chivalry. This is how Germans prevent possible attacks on women that are pretty common in underground parking lots. Parking spaces for women are located closer to parking exits to help women in case of a threat.

Cyclists

Germany is the country of cyclists. They’re everywhere. 96% of all people in Germany have bicycles. That’s why before you get out of a car, you should make sure there are no cyclists passing by.

Also, don’t walk on bike paths. Otherwise, cyclists will honk at you.

Supermarket

The first thing that might amaze you is that all prices are also mentioned for 1 kilogram, 100 g, and 1 liter. You can find the cost of a product per 1 kg (100 g or 1 liter), right below the “primary” price. This helps customers compare and choose a product at the most beneficial price.

When you buy a bottle of water, pay attention to its price tag: the price of the bottle itself is separate from the price of the water. You’ll get your money back if you return this bottle to the supermarket.

Be ready to find the price of the bottle on your receipt (also separately).

As a rule, all shops close at 8 PM and some malls even close at 7 PM. There’s a special law that regulates the hours of all stores. Keep this in mind when you’re planning your day.

Dogs

You will see people with dogs everywhere in Germany: on the subway, in cafes, at parks, and in squares.

You’ll also find dog waste bags on all streets, of all districts. Used bags may be thrown away in special bins that you don’t even have to touch with your hand.

Restrooms

During various events, these types of urinals are installed. They are free so you save the € 0.75 that you’d have to pay for a private one. Unfortunately, they’re only for men.

Here’s a good “tool” for parents: ordinary baby changing tables that are stocked with free diapers. These tables are located almost in all public restrooms.

Germany’s toilet signage and decorations are often posted on Instagram and Facebook by travelers.

Sometimes restrooms there become real masterpieces.

Red card

Arschkarte (“arsch” means “ass”, “karte” is “card”) can be translated as “ass card.” This phrase appeared when all TVs were black and white. To avoid misunderstanding, referees used to put penalty cards in different pockets. They put the yellow card in their breast pocket and the red one in the pocket on the back of their shorts so that people would understand the color of the card according to the pocket it was pulled from.

Even today, Germans have a phrase “Arschkarte gezogen” which means “to pull a red or an ass card.” This phrase is used when something unpleasant happens.

Saunas

In Germany, men and women go to saunas together and they usually don’t wear swimsuits. Towels are used for hygiene purposes only: to sit on. By the way, co-ed changing rooms are also common there.

German humor

People say that it’s pretty difficult to make a German laugh.

Bonus

Oktoberfest, one of the most famous beer festivals, is also the greatest folk event in the whole world. Not many people know that it actually starts in September, so you can visit earlier than you thought.

To plan your trip better, visit the official website and find out the exact dates that it’s going to be held.

Have you ever been to Germany? What impressed you the most? Share with us in the comments!

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