Weirdly Illegal Things You Can’t Do in Germany

Germany is a country known for its efficiency, beautiful landscapes, and rich history. But dig a little deeper, and you’ll find that it’s also home to some truly unique and surprising laws. While every country has its quirks, Germany’s can leave you scratching your head. Not sure what we’re talking about? Here’s a look at some of the weirdly illegal things you can’t do in Germany.

Flushing the Toilet During Quiet Hours

Believe it or not, flushing the toilet late at night can be frowned upon in some residential areas in Germany. In certain older buildings with thin walls, flushing after 10 PM is considered a disturbance. While this isn’t a law across the board, it’s a courtesy that many Germans follow. If nature calls in the middle of the night, you might want to consider how loud your flush is—or simply wait until morning if you’re in a particularly quiet apartment building.

Washing Your Car at Home

Washing your car in your driveway might be a common weekend activity elsewhere, but in Germany, it’s often illegal due to environmental regulations. Car washing can release harmful chemicals into the groundwater, so it’s restricted to designated car wash facilities with proper filtration systems. If you want to keep your car clean, you’ll need to visit one of these places. It’s all part of Germany’s strong commitment to environmental protection. And even though it may sound a bit impractical, I have to applaud their commitment to protecting the environment.

Mowing the Lawn on Sundays

Sunday is a day of rest in Germany, and this is taken quite seriously. Activities like mowing the lawn, drilling, or any noisy repairs are strictly prohibited. The idea is to give everyone a break from the usual hustle and bustle. If you have a DIY project in mind or need to mow the lawn, you’ll have to plan it for a weekday or Saturday. Respecting this quiet time is a big part of community living in Germany, and trust me when I tell you — you don’t want to upset your German neighbors or the Polizei.

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Crossing the Street When the Light is Red

Jaywalking is frowned upon in many places, but in Germany, it’s taken to another level. Crossing the street when the pedestrian light is red, even if there’s no traffic, is illegal and can result in a fine. More importantly, it sets a bad example, especially for children who are taught to always obey traffic signals. Honestly, I totally respect this decision. Sure, it can be a bit boring to have to wait, even it there are no cars around. But I totally get their point. So, resist the urge to dash across the street and wait for the green light.

Not Using Your Indicator

As you can tell, Germany is very particular about their traffic rules. And even though using your turn signal, or indicator, when driving seems like a basic rule everywhere, here, failing to do so can get you in serious trouble. It’s considered a major traffic violation and can result in hefty fines and points on your driving record. Signaling your intentions is not just courteous; it’s mandatory. So even if you can get away with it in most places in Europe (that doesn’t mean that you should, though) Germany will have zero tolerance for this type of behavior. And I’m totally here for that!

Kanita is a wanderlust-fueled traveler with an inclination for unraveling the mysteries of history, the paranormal, and the bizarre world of medicine. As a true crime buff, Kanita's nights are often spent delving into the depths of chilling mysteries. Yet, it's not just the paranormal that captivates her—her background in medicine fuels a fascination with the weird and wonderful world of medical oddities, from twisted historical practices to the myths and legends that shroud the field. From exploring haunted locales to uncovering the strange and morbid tales of medical history, Kanita is your guide to the unconventional, the unexplained, and the downright eerie.

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