House rules. Don't flush the toilet!
Germany is not quite as strict as Switzerland but, there are rules, laws and expectations that basically amount to being a good neighbour. This is one reason why living in apartments is a lot more popular than is the case in the UK.

Normally, every apartment building will have a set of rules which will be on display somewhere or which will be included as part of your rental contract. If your German is not so good, you may not understand all of these but they are important and your neighbours will expect you to conform by and large to the rules.

Showers and the toilet
It is not unusual to see a rule to the effect that you may not flush the toilet or use the bath, shower or washing machine between 22:30 and 06:30.

Now, German courts have decided that these conditions cannot actually be enforced but they must be reasonably complied with. So, for example, whatever the rules in your building say, you cannot be prevented from taking a shower at any time as long as it lasts less than 30 minutes.

Please don't ask me what happens if two people want a shower. Can they have two consecutive thirty minute showers or can they share one shower for an hour? I don't know.

General Noise
You may well encounter a rule to the effect that you must not play any musical instrument after 22:00 and that stereos etc must be turned down after that time. Personally, I'd advise that lunchtimes and Sunday afternoons should also be kept quiet if you want to fit in.

This may all seem a little draconian but it is the way that people see things in Germany.

Remember, if you do upset the neighbours, they may well phone the police to report that you have had a UK registered car in the country for more than six months.

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