So What Do Germans Do On A Sunday When Everything Is Shut?!

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Let’s talk about Sundays in Germany. Did you know most things are closed on a Sunday and many states have rules about the noise you can make?

You can’t go get the groceries or start mowing the lawn. It’s a day of rest and known as Ruhezeit or “quiet time”.

So what do Germans do on a Sunday when everything is shut and you need to keep the noise down?

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Just because shops aren’t open, doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to do. I am jealous of the more languid pace Sundays can have in Germany thanks to the less activity, but you can still be more active if you wish.

In the video below, you can watch what Michael Müller, an Average German, does on a Sunday. It’s interesting and gives you some cultural insights.

If you are traveling in Germany on a Sunday, be aware that most shops will be shut. If you need essential items, look for gas stations (if you have a car) or train stations where you can find some shops open.

Read more about Sunday rules in our guide to 12 things you should never do in Germany here and how Americans react when they first go to Germany here. You can also find out what Germans do when they wake up in the mornings here and all our guides to German culture here

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