After moving into my new apartment a month ago, I am starting to feel settled here. I know a couple of my neighbours, well, enough to say hello when we pass on the stairs and I’m starting to gradually learn how things are done here. However, there are a couple of building rules that seem rather odd to a transplanted Aussie.
1. No noise AT ALL after 10pm, 7 nights a week. Forget about having people over for a party on a Saturday night unless you plan on kicking them all out at 9:55pm.
2. Doors must be locked from the inside after 8pm at night. I have no idea if anyone actually comes around and checks.
3. No washing machines or dishwashers are to be run on a Sunday or after 8pm at night (Monday – Saturday). This is strictly verboten.
I asked my landlady about the Sunday ban on washing machine usage, cause I can understand if you are using the communal laundry that the neigbours might like to have a day off from the washing machines being run, but this rule also applies to tenants like myself who have a washing machine in their own apartment. When I asked why I couldn’t use my washing machine on a Sunday I was told it was because ‘Sunday is a praying day’ – and this is in Hamburg which is considered to be a secular state. I can’t imagine what the rules must be like for what is not allowed to be done on a Sunday in the southern Bible belt of Bavaria. I was also informed that if I have use my washing machine on a Sunday in case of an emergency, I must get everyone’s permission first. Remind me never to have a laundry emergency on a Sunday.