Since our recent move out of the 4th floor apartment and into a house, I am become quite the rebel. I have done laundry on a Sunday AND I vacuumed on a Sunday. It’s like I have just thrown all caution to the wind, and gone crazy with my rebellious behaviors.
Sundays in Germany are designated as quiet time. Quiet times are written into law. During the week, quiet times are usually from 1pm to 3pm and then from 10pm until 6am. Quiet hours are in effect for all day on Sunday, and on German Holidays(which we have every week, just kidding, it only seems like there is a holiday every week). Essentially, you need to avoid doing any activities that would disrupt a neighbors sleep. Things like, mowing the lawn, running a vacuum, running a washing machine if it can be heard outside your residence(like on the 4th floor of an apartment), and any drilling or other noisy activities.
Now that we have a house, I am able to wash clothes on a Sunday, and even vacuum since we are not living directly above or next to another neighbor. My household chores will not bother anyone! (except Jack the Husky, Newt the Cat and Binxy Cat. They do find it rather annoying when I vacuum, no matter the day or time.) I have even run my dishwasher, AT NIGHT!!
How far can I take this lawlessness? What crazy household chore will I start doing next on a Sunday, or maybe even a Holiday?
This American born transplant to Germany is really loving our new house.
How about you? Are there any rules or regulations regarding quiet times in your area? Tell me all about it in the comments section!