6 Things to Avoid Doing in Germany

If you are planning to stay in Germany for a couple of weeks or permanently, you must consider knowing some things which you are ideally not allowed to do. Of course, you have to adapt to their culture and environment. Here are the eight things you should avoid in Germany:


No to pillow fights

According to German law, a pillow is considered a passive weapon. So if you plan to whack a pillow at someone, even if your intention is pure, then stop! The only day you are allowed is on the International Pillow Fight Day where Berliners enthusiastically participate.


No work on Sundays

Doing some extra work, lawn mowing, repairing your roof, and testing your newly-purchased stereo system – these are the things prohibited on Sundays. Germans are really serious about ‘Sunday is rest day’. Thus, you have to be with them in living the peaceful life.

Avoid the ‘war’ topic

We understand that you are innately curious. But kindly just avoid asking about war. Germans are tired hearing about the Nazis, the World War I and II. For some, they feel embarrassed for their nation when asked about this. Instead, talk about cars, unicorns, chocolates, or anything under the sun…except for war.


Don’t refuse a chimney sweep

Regardless if you have a chimney or not, it is a big no-no to refuse a chimney sweep. It is an old law from the Medieval Period that is brought to today’s era. As a green country, chimney sweep checks for carbon monoxide emissions. All Germans are required to pay for the service of the chimney sweep.


Don’t ask for free water

Water is never free in Germany. Do not ask for stores or even in restaurants to provide you with tap water. It is your obligation to buy water bottles in stores. It is also very rare to see water fountains anywhere in Germany.

Avoid getting drunk

It’s alright to drink in Germany. Who can resist their world-class beer? But be responsible. It is generally insulting and unruly for anyone to get drunk in public.

You can find more information at this website – UK GOV