Quiet hours in Germany has taken a bit of getting used to.
When we realised that there was an opportunity in to move to Germany, we naturally turned to the oracle (Google) to find out more about the country.
One thing we read over and over was that Germany has quiet hours. We were naturally very concerned. Our monkeys are not quiet. Ever. Unless asleep, but even then…
So what did the quiet hours mean?
At certain times of the day (over lunchtime for example), Sundays and bank holiday it is frowned upon to make excessive noise. So no cutting the grass or having your music on loudly.
So what does in mean in practice. One thing it meant was that there was no noise while the boys had a lunchtime nap. Nothing to wake them from their much needed slumber. I really appreciated this when the boys were small.
It forces your hand to have family time on a Sunday, which I have to admit is partly to do with the shops being closed too. I have lost count of the amount of times on a Sunday we have just nipped to B&Q, cut the grass and before you know it the day has gone!
That said I have come to realise that it is not as strict as I had read. People do realise you have small children and that they will make noise – which is great seeing as the monkeys don’t nap any more and usually can be found out in the garden playing at this time.
The other thing that I have noticed is that I have changed. Last weekend we went back to the UK and I felt very strange about the shops being open and having the opportunity to do what you want. The thought of going to Tesco felt like forbidden fruit.
I am sure when we move back to the UK permanently it won’t take long for me to readjust.
Tell me in the comments about where you live. Do you have any laws like this where you live?