| by Kenneth Chase | 100 comments

German Apartments are Weird!

tell me Germany are we nuts?? hey guys
what’s up! it’s Kelly again welcome back to my apartment and welcome to my
channel! for today’s video I decided to do a part two or should I say a part two
video to my first German apartment video and if you haven’t watched that video
yet click pause go find that video and watch it because I’m going to reference
it a couple times throughout this one and I don’t want you to get lost in
what I’m talking about. people wanted to see more of my apartment and less of my
face so I’m working on that too! alright enough about all that… let’s get on to
the apartment tour! and the first thing I want to point out during this apartment
tour is the front door. the front door to this apartment automatically locks
behind me and I’m not used to that because everywhere I lived in the States
I’ve had to manually lock the door behind me which makes it impossible to
accidentally lock myself out so because of that I keep my keys here just to make
sure that I never forget them since I’m not used to it especially when I do
something simple like just taking out the trash. this apartment also opens up
right into a hallway which i think is quite common in germany whereas in the
US, i would say it’s more common for the front door to open up right into a
living room. we’re gonna go into the kitchen next but before we even go in it
I want to point out the kitchen door. I have never seen one of these before
moving to Germany. all of the places I lived in the States had a much more open
floor plan so the kitchen opens right up into the dining room or the living room
or maybe both and if it did have some sort of separation there was an
apartment I lived in in college where it was separated from the rest of the
apartment it still had these very wide entry ways
that were wider than your average doorframe so this was very different to
me that you can just close the door to the kitchen if you want. so this is my
kitchen and it’s quite a bit smaller than what
I’m used to having in the States but I will say that I’ve
never lived in like a major city in the States and so I know those apartments have a
lot smaller kitchens as well. I thought that I wouldn’t like this
kitchen because of how small it is I thought that it would prohibit me from
being able to do a lot of the cooking that I wanted to do but I found that
it’s actually a perfect amount of space and I’m able to do everything I want. I’m
also just cooking for my boyfriend and I am so I don’t have like a huge family
that I’m cooking for so maybe that would change my opinion. in my first video I
talked about how Germans move their kitchens from apartment to apartment and
while I will say that not all Germans move their kitchens enough Germans do
it that I think it makes it culturally significant to Germany. my boyfriend did
in fact move this kitchen into this apartment from his last apartment which
meant that he had to kind of do some modifications because his last kitchen
was shaped differently than this one. for an example of the modifications I’ll show
you this…this space here is because this kitchen was not built for this apartment
in this size area. this tile or splashguard is behind the refrigerator
which doesn’t really make sense but again it’s because this kitchen was not
built for this apartment I would actually say that the whole moving the
kitchen thing was the biggest culture shock that I had when I moved to Germany
and started looking for my own place. I looked at a bunch of apartments in both
rheinland-pfalz and hessen and when I was walking through them with
the landlord or the realtor or whoever, I was always just so amazed to find this
big empty room with no cabinets no appliances no counters and that was the
kitchen. In the US, I have never seen an apartment without a kitchen it’s part of
the apartment. this is the only cabinet that we keep food in all the other
cabinets and by all the other cabinets, I mean this like half cabinet and the two
cabinets over here…they have dishes in them. we have this cabinet here that
allows us to be able to store more food. so we keep produce on the top shelf and
the inside we have mostly canned goods. a lot of places in the States though not all
of them will have a pantry which is a sort of closet dedicated to storing food
or whatever other kitchen items you may have that don’t fit in the cabinets
but like I said in my first video there isn’t a lot of built-in storage in the
apartment I’ve seen in Germany so instead you use furniture. also in this
cabinet we keep our grocery bags. it is ridiculous how many of these bags that
we have accumulated. if you watch my German grocery store video then you’ll
hear me talk about how Germany grocery stores don’t really use plastic bags.
they want you to bring your own bags or they make you pay for paper bags at the
cashier. I can’t be the only one… like we’re not crazy right? we aren’t alone in
having an entire storage area dedicated to these bags like tell me, Germany, are we
nuts?? I’m sure you could fold these nicely
into here but I just…I don’t want to. one thing in my apartment that we do use
those bags for aside from groceries, is we have what my boyfriend calls a pfand
bag and it’s basically where we put all of our recyclable bottles. In the
US, I’ve always had or seen people have like a little maybe it’s a trash can or
sort of bin or like an actual like sanctioned recycling bin that you throw
away your recyclables into I’m sure that Germans have those things too but we in
this apartment use a bag and when I say pfand bag, it is filled with what are
called pfand bottles and I show a little bit about this in my German grocery
store video but basically a pfand bottle means that you put a deposit onto the
bottle when you purchase the product and then you can take the bottle back to the
grocery store, I think every grocery store has a bottle return, and you put it
into the machine and it gives you your deposit back to be able to use in that
grocery store towards your groceries or you can I think just get the money back
in cash. and you know it’s a pfand bottle if it has this specific symbol on there
and the Machine actually reads that symbol to make sure that you’re feeding
it pfand bottles…and my boyfriend really hates it when I put non-pfand bottles
into the pfand bottle bag. we’re gonna head to the bathroom next. this is our
bathroom. it’s a little narrow and tight so sorry I can’t really get the best
framing but I wanted to point out that after I’m done with showering in this
bathroom, I go over to the windows and I kipp them open or I tilt them back
so that fresh air can get into the bathroom and moisture and the humidity
that accumulated in the bathroom from my shower is able to escape and that
prevents the growth of mold whereas in the US, of the seven houses I lived in
and the five different apartments only two of those had bathrooms with windows
so opening the window to get the moisture out wasn’t exactly an option
for me. instead I would turn on the fan or the ventilation system to get that
moisture out which isn’t an option for me here because there is no fan or
ventilation system. all I have are those windows. in my last video I talked about
how a lot of German apartments will have the washer and dryer in the bathroom
I’ve also seen them in the kitchen but when they’re in the kitchen
I usually see it being just the washer or I’ve seen washer and dryer combo
machines? which is really new to me. I’ve never seen a machine that’s like two in
one like that. I’m actually really curious about that so if you own a
machine like that or maybe you’ve used one if you can put in the comments what
you think about it. is it more efficient? are you able to get your laundry done
like as quickly if you have a couple loads? I’m just really curious about it
because it’s very different to me. another thing I wanted to point out
about this bathroom is this window right here. I’ve never seen a window like that
and I didn’t really understand its purpose. it is to help get natural light
into the hallway. the hallway doesn’t have any windows of its own so the light
that comes into the bathroom can then be transmitted into the hallway through
that window even when the door is closed which I guess is a nice feature but I
don’t know if maybe I just don’t put a lot of priority on having natural light
in the hallway so it’s still kind of odd to me. actually if you go out into our
hallway you’ll notice above our front door
there is another window very similar to that and our front door leads out to the
apartment buildings like community stairwell and it’s really well lit with
these huge windows that are out there and so that light is able to transmit
through that window into our hallway. before we leave the bathroom I wanted to
point out one last thing and that is the hot water heater. so this is an electric
hot water heater. in the states we have like these giant giant tanks that are
just like full of gallons and gallons and gallons of water that are kept hot
inside of that tank and when you call for hot water at your faucet hot water
will flow from the tank and to your faucet. I never really thought too much
about our style of hot water heaters until I moved out of my parents house
and was out of my own paying for my own electricity bills
and started to wonder how much electricity I am just wasting on this
hot water heater that is clearly losing heat because it’s not really well
insulated and it is heating up water that I might not even use at all that
day whereas with this it’s quite a bit different. whenever I call for hot water
at a faucet in this apartment water will flow
through this machine heat up someone instantly and come right to my faucet.
I’m not losing a lot of energy and I’m only heating up water that I’m actually
using. another great thing about this hot water heater is that you never run out
of hot water I very clearly remember growing up in a house of four and we
were all getting ready to go to school or to work and we’re all taking showers
and inevitably the person taking the last shower might have the hot water cut
off like halfway through the shower because the tank went dry of hot water
and it can’t heat up the water fast enough to keep up with our usage whereas
here because it only heats up it as you use it you never run out of hot water.
okay let’s move on to the bedroom. there are a couple things I want to point out
in this bedroom but first I want to talk about this electrical outlet. so a
commenter on my last video pointed out this outlet to me and said that it is
put here up off the floor so you can easily plug in your vacuum cleaner and I
laughed when I read that comment because that’s exactly what I use this outlet
for and it never even occurred to me that it was all part of the plan that it
was put there for that specific purpose and I’m trying to think of places I
lived in in the US and if there were any outlets up off the floor like that and
aside from bathrooms and kitchens I really can’t think of any so it’s a tiny
difference but it’s a difference. and I’m gonna talk about the bed because it is
very different from the beds that I’ve seen in the States. this is the type of
bed we have in our bedroom in this apartment. I’m sure there are all
different styles of beds throughout Germany but this was extremely unique to
me because I’ve never seen a bed style like this in the US and also I noticed
that a lot of the hotels in Germany have very similarly structured beds in
me it was somewhat culturally significant if you notice we have two
different blankets one for me and one for my boyfriend well I actually have to
because I get really cold at night so he has his own blanket and I put on
two different colored fitted sheets ooh you could really tell the difference
that there are two different mattresses here the benefits of this is that if I
like a softer mattress I can have a softer mattress and if he likes a firmer
mattress he can have a firmer mattress and each of us can kind of accommodate
our sleeping area the way we want it to be and the mattresses themselves not
only is different that there’s two of them laying right next to each other on
the same bed frame it’s not two different beds it’s one bed frame they
also are way more flexible and pliable than the mattresses that I’m used to in
the u.s. in the u.s. we have a lot more sturdy mattresses and I think that a lot
of Americans looking at this might think that this is very uncomfortable because
if you were to put you american-style mattresses next to each other it would
be uncomfortable you have like really hard corners or edges that you would
just be driven nuts by I’m sure but these mattresses are really soft they
don’t have those like there’s a seam here but it’s not like the really hard
edge to a mattress like we’re used to in the States another thing I want to point
out is that these mattresses are sitting on wooden slates whereas in the US
were used to putting our mattresses on box springs there are also these metal
brackets on this bed that allow you to be able to raise or lower the foot of
the bed and the head the beds and we each have our own little
wooden slate thing yes so I can raise my side without impacting my boyfriend and
vice versa. another thing is how short this bed is. so this bed comes up to like
mid-calf for me whereas in the US. I would say that most beds come up to mid
thigh my bed comes up to like my waist the only person I’ve ever seen with a
bed this low is actually a friend of mine who is half-German and grew up in
Germany so I don’t really think it’s the greatest comparison. but I would say that
most American beds are way higher up off the ground compared to this bed and many
of the German beds I’ve seen. the last thing I want to point out about the bed
are the pillows. these are square pillows and I see these at a lot of the stores
here in Germany. in the US I’ve only seen square pillows for decorative purposes
usually the pillows that we use to put our head on to go to sleep are
rectangular shaped. another thing I wanted to talk about in the bedroom are
the style of lamps. this lamp has the switch on the cord so I can easily turn
it on and off whereas I think in the US it’s still more popular to have the on
and off switch on the neck of the lamp itself. there are a lot of lamps that are
exactly like this in the States but I wouldn’t say that they’re more common
whereas here I would say that this style is more common. all right I think that’s
all for the bedroom so let’s head to the living room. something I want to point
out in the living room are these light fixtures. my boyfriend installed that
light fixture himself and actually he installed all the light fixtures in this
apartment when he moved in just like he installed the kitchen and I think that
same with the kitchen a lot of Germans look at light fixtures as being part of their property part of their furniture.
they choose the ones they like and of course they’re gonna move them with them
apartment to apartment whereas in the US, to me at least, light fixtures, the
kitchen …all of that is part of the apartment. I look at that stuff as the
same way I look at like the toilet, the sink, the bathtub… so when you look at
apartments in the US, all of that stuff is already there. in fact a lot of
apartments in the US even come with a washer and a dryer. another thing I
learned when I came to Germany is that they list their apartments as like “two
room apartment” “three room apartment” and to me that meant “two bedroom apartment” “three bedroom apartment” when I started going and looking at these apartments I
quickly learned that included in that number of rooms is the living room.
that’s very different to me. in the states it’s always assumed you’re
getting a living room in your apartment and you don’t have to list it separately
unless it’s a studio apartment which is like a little bit of a different case,
it’s always assumed you’re getting a living room in addition to however many
bedrooms is in the apartment. so we would say a two-bedroom apartment to mean
there are two actual bedrooms plus a living room or a three bedroom apartment…
there’s three bedrooms plus a living room. also about this living room is that
just like the kitchen there is a door and again that is different to me. I’ve
never seen a living room with a door because it’s usually a more open floor
plan and if there is some sort of entryway just like the kitchen it’s
usually just an open entryway and maybe even wider than like a normal doorframe
would be. so that’s all I really have to say about this living room but there are
a couple more things I want to say about the differences
I’ve noticed between German apartments and US apartments. one of those things
is the security deposit. in the US I’m used to paying one month’s rent
security deposit. here in Germany, I’ve noticed that the security deposits are
quite a bit higher. in my last apartment, I had to pay two and a half months worth
of rent for my security deposit which is way more money than I’m used to putting
down and I don’t know if that’s because of I heard that it’s a lot harder for
landlords to be able to kick out tenants that aren’t paying or are causing issues
in the apartment and so that money is set aside to be able to help offset
costs with issues with renters I’m not really sure what the reason is I just
know that it is a lot higher from what I’ve experienced. and the whole utility
thing here is way different than it is in the US. and I could probably spend a
lot of time talking about it but to just put it as simply as I can… in the US I
would pay my electricity bill every month for the exact amount of
electricity that I used for that last month. here in Germany, it’s very different.
every month, I pay a set amount that is sort of in advance towards the
electricity bill that I actually get at the end of the year when they do a final
meter reading and so if I put down… let’s say 50 euros every single month which is
600 euro for a year and then that final meter reading is done and maybe I use
more electricity than 600 euros worth I used 800 euros worth of electricity then
I would owe the electric company 200 more euros. I’m not the biggest fan of
this system because I really would rather just pay exactly what I owe every
single month but that’s how they do it here I’m sure there’s a reason that I’m
just not knowledgeable about so if you know why that is
done this way or if you have an opinion on why it would be better than how we
in the US, put it in the comments I’d be super interested to read your
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Nov 11, 2018, 1:23 am Reply

With the dryer washer combos it takes a long time usually to dry the clothes. Good for space not really faster.

Gazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

Nov 11, 2018, 8:28 am Reply

It is used for when you argued with your wife and need to sleep somewhere else and the couch is not an option

Alexander Richter

Dec 12, 2018, 2:39 pm Reply

I think the window in the bathroom which lets light into the floor is pretty special. Never saw such a window until now.

Toby ReineKing

Dec 12, 2018, 7:17 pm Reply

Damn you're absolutely gorgeous

Beth D

Dec 12, 2018, 5:26 am Reply

You have 90K subscribers. If every one subscriber gives you 1 dollar per mo. You would have 90 thousand $$$ per mo. Making you rich. Uummm. No thanks!

Ginger V

Dec 12, 2018, 6:59 am Reply

It’s actually sad that you think it’s weird to save energy and reuse bags. Honestly you seem like such a wasteful person

Marianne Ferris

Dec 12, 2018, 7:46 am Reply

I have that washer/dryer thing. I don't exactly love it, other than as a space saver. It seems very inefficient as a dryer. It pauses a lot; which makes no sense to me. I live alone so it's no big deal, but if I had a lot of laundry it would be a pain. You'd have to do laundry every day. I never actually timed it, but I'm pretty sure it takes almost 5 hours to wash and dry a load. So you can't wash a load while your drying one AND it takes 3 or 4 times as long to dry.


Dec 12, 2018, 4:18 am Reply

I think a lot of the things you look at as ‘strange’ might be a difference of wealth/ location issue. A lot of poorer and/or large (older) cities here in the states have the doors lock behind you (mostly larger apts.) and windows above doors (for light and air control) found mostly in older Apts/ homes.

I’ve had many homes with bathroom windows, and few apts with windows. The older homes don’t have the ceiling ventilation fans, and I’ve had to use the window trick, or would have mold growth.

Electric water heaters, reusable bags, and refund bottles are becoming more popular. (Were a little slow compared to our European cousins, I would love to see this become more common.)

The short beds with wooden slates are pretty common here too. Again, depends on what you want to spend your money on. Box springs and high beds aren’t a necessity. I had a box spring for the longest time, and recently bought a new bed and it don’t require a mattress because of the style of bed frame I got.

Same with the bed-side lamps, I’ve seen equal switch on the cord vs on neck of lamp. I’ve got a few of each. I don’t like obnoxiously large lamps for the bedroom.

The doors for each room seems a bit odd to me too. I’ve seen It in very old buildings here in the states, but very not common. Regarding the meter readings, agreed… that would be frustrating waiting until the end of the year to find out you paid too much, or even worse, too little. Also, moving the whole kitchen and light fixtures seems like overkill to me. That’s a lot of things to Hull around with you. My wife and I bring our light fixtures and washer/ dryer with us, and will sometimes paint the walls, because we want to reflect us… sometimes we think we would like to buy new appliances to do the job WE need or to reflect our personalities.

Great video. No hate in my message. I’m sure people from different parts of the US may agree with you 100%, maybe a younger city perhaps?

Kamil M.

Dec 12, 2018, 5:22 pm Reply

There’s more reason to this type of mattress, usually you have to Pay a crazy premium kinda price to pay a 160 – 180 cm wide mattress but for some reason the same type of mattress 80-90 cm wide is crazy discounted every so often for a very reasonable price and people just buy two of these and don’t mind this gap.

Kamil M.

Dec 12, 2018, 5:28 pm Reply

And the electricity thing I still don’t get why Germans do it this way, i lived in London and it is very similar to US and I liked it. It is a pain in the ass to pay a certain large amount at the end of the year …..


Dec 12, 2018, 8:53 pm Reply

Very late comment but I have a washer/dryer machine and it is awesome.

Fabian Wenzel

Dec 12, 2018, 11:54 am Reply

On the homepage you have shown me too many housing agents and the rental prices are too high for me. I am looking for apartments on ebay classifieds. https://www.ebay-kleinanzeigen.de/s-wohnung-mieten/iserlohn/c203l1735

Greg Carpenter

Dec 12, 2018, 2:00 pm Reply

Warm climates like open floor plans with the opposite also being true. Been that way for a long time, even in the U.S.


Dec 12, 2018, 6:50 am Reply

This with the kitchen is very weird

Luther Smithers

Dec 12, 2018, 7:29 am Reply

In one of my apartments in Ansbach, the bedroom had the furniture permanently mounted to the wall. Not the bed, but the wardrobe. It had two hanging wardrobes and a butt-load of drawers.


Dec 12, 2018, 10:08 pm Reply

At first glance washing/drying-combo machines seem like a good thing, but they tend to break more often. I only recommend them if you don't have enough room for seperate machines or your budget is too low.

MaRa Eickermann

Dec 12, 2018, 11:21 pm Reply

Totally agree on the kitchen thing! Eaven as a german I think it is the stupidest thing!


Dec 12, 2018, 2:44 pm Reply

Hi Kelly, thanks for sharing yet another awesome video. Moving kitchens is certainly a unique idea, though if a person is comfortable with their kitchen and has to move, it would really feel like taking part of their home with them. Here in Australia, it has been known for people moving out to take all their light bulbs and just leave dead ones in all the lights. Not really appreciated by the new people moving in, believe me!!! We have storage areas for shopping bags. Plastic bags have been banned in most supermarkets here. Hence, we have had to purchase cloth bags to use when shopping. Our bathroom has windows, but our shower recess, which is in a separate room has no windows. Our washing machine is in the laundry. We have a gas hot water system, kept outside the house. It is a big tank much like the US. The latest beds here in Australia use slats like Germany. We used to use springs in the older beds. Our pillows and lamps are like the US. Take care. Robert.


Jan 1, 2019, 7:30 am Reply

In sign language the thumb is five. So thumb up, plus another finger outstretched means 6.Thumb to the side means 00,our houndred houndreds, pointy finger directed sideways means 000, or thousands. 2 parts on thumb, pointy finger has 3 sections.


Jan 1, 2019, 7:27 pm Reply

Having reusable bags in the US is becoming more common.


Jan 1, 2019, 7:30 pm Reply

I know the washers over there make their own hot water


Jan 1, 2019, 5:30 pm Reply

In American apartments generally the kitchens are like bar counters, whereas many places elsewhere are like separate rooms.


Jan 1, 2019, 5:44 pm Reply

Those square pillows are also called continental pillows.


Jan 1, 2019, 5:48 pm Reply

Something interesting about light fixtures in many living rooms, or lounges, of homes in Germany – Not having lights attached to the ceiling, but rather the walls. That's because of reckoning that ceiling lights are too strong.

Ken Dobs

Jan 1, 2019, 4:42 am Reply

Door joint is different from US. The joint has another edge around it to fit better in door jamb in order to save energy. Similar thing is applied to windows as well.


Jan 1, 2019, 7:46 am Reply

Since you live in an apartment(flat) building maybe you can answer a question I have. I used to watch a German police show called "Derrick" and in some scenes when a person walks in a building or stairway the lights would come on automatically and turn off after they leave. Do they still have buildings like that??


Jan 1, 2019, 10:02 pm Reply

In America you have house without cables and the cable guy has to come around to install them.

Metta Kindness

Jan 1, 2019, 11:35 pm Reply

Your videos are fantastic and help show what it is like to live in Germany for those wondering what the differences are from where they live.


Jan 1, 2019, 8:18 pm Reply

The doors to each room regulates different situation:
– Climate1: In Winter you dont heat all rooms only the room where you are it save you a lot of money. Without the door you will heat other room too e.g. hall way which will be a waste of heat
– Climate2: If you open a window it could be windy/draft so you close the door. So the wind will not go to other rooms
– Noise: Close the door and it is less loud to other room. e.g. You want watch tv and someone is sleeping in the bedroom. So the noises will be block by the door.
– Smell: If you cook dishes what smells like fish sth. like that you close the door, so that the living room do not smells like fish

Maxwell Oakes

Jan 1, 2019, 5:42 pm Reply

Moving your kitchen is dumb I’m sorry, Who the hell wants to carry all those appliances up and down some skinny ass German stairs I mean come on really.

Jacque Jac

Jan 1, 2019, 3:40 am Reply

Honestly, I like this video better than the first. There are a lot less generalizations. You make more of a note that it's different from what you're used to rather than different from all apartments…

I've moved around a lot myself & done quite a bit of apartment hunting in the U.S. The floor plan thing you mentioned where a living room is 'expected' to be part of the package depends on the apartments. One thing to be sure to note when looking for apartments is if a floor plan lists as rooms or bedrooms. (As a rooms listing will have the bedroom(s) & any other rooms included in the count, while a bedrooms listing may or may not have a living room but only counts the number of bedrooms.) A lot of other floor plan things you mention like the front door opening to a hallway or doors on the living room & kitchen again depends on the apartments…

Tank-less hot water heaters exist in the U.S. but are more rare. I have to say I like the one you show there can be seen easily inside. A couple places I've seen with tank-less are upgrades where the tanks were taken out. Unfortunately, that means the place where the tanks originally were, (outside the actual apartment) are where the new heaters are, & it makes it difficult to see if something gets damaged. I'm sure there are some inside as well, but I've only seen a couple myself & were outside.

As for the grocery totes, that depends on the state really. California uses totes a lot & charges for bags in a lot of places. NC doesn't seem to care one way or the other. Florida is starting to go more for totes, as some stores like Save-a-lot charge for bags & totes are sold pretty much everywhere, but plastic is still used in most places.

Fab Funty

Jan 1, 2019, 8:30 am Reply

It takes 2 times don't paying your rent and the owner can quit the contract and get you out
but it needs a court order to actually do so and only that takes time and cost money
and if the people don't have anything the Landlord /owner get's nothing ,
sometimes the owner even has to pay for getting loads of trash out from some hoarders.
Some people even made it their way of living ( ger. Mietnomaden) . I think that's why the sec. deposit (Mietkaution) is so high.

Ro N’ De

Jan 1, 2019, 9:02 am Reply

I have a big bag filled with other bags, so that's that !! XD


Jan 1, 2019, 7:08 am Reply

I feel like I was a bit too snarky on the original video. I really like this girl but she hasn’t lived much across the states and it would be cooler if she referenced awesomeness abroad such as she did with the hot water comparison. I haven’t even seen a plastic bag in a grocery store in 5 years where I live in the US so appreciating Germany’s approach to save the environment over the chaos of a messy cabinet would be cool (such as many progressive cities in the US). She has promise but needs more life experience!! ??


Jan 1, 2019, 7:17 am Reply

My apartments in San Francisco and Miami Beach all had doors to the kitchen taken off the hinges ages ago. I never realized the importance of this until I read the comments here! All the buildings I’m speaking of were from the earlier portion of the 1900s. Thanks!!


Jan 1, 2019, 8:22 pm Reply

i hope you have only LED Lights 🙂


Jan 1, 2019, 1:15 am Reply

0:28 LOL, right …

linda verheul

Feb 2, 2019, 4:12 pm Reply

dont u really get is huh

Truth be told

Feb 2, 2019, 10:34 am Reply

It seems a lot of the Americans are so wasteful, demandfull and pretentious

pat goff

Mar 3, 2019, 12:23 pm Reply

Kitchen doors an living room doors are usually glass doors

pat goff

Mar 3, 2019, 12:27 pm Reply

I still have my bags here in the states. I still have my German wicker shopping basket. My mom uses a plastic bag to collect her pfand bottles too

pat goff

Mar 3, 2019, 12:29 pm Reply

I have the same laundry hanger that you do. My brother still uses it to dry his clothes

pat goff

Mar 3, 2019, 12:30 pm Reply

They don't have telephone poles either

pat goff

Mar 3, 2019, 12:34 pm Reply

Germans also keep water by their beds

pat goff

Mar 3, 2019, 12:36 pm Reply

I had drawers under my bed an kept sheets an blankets in. I had benches in the kitchen where i kept my kitchen towels in.

pat goff

Mar 3, 2019, 12:42 pm Reply

My car broke down so i couldn't go home for 3 months til i got it fixed. I stayed at my moms cause of the bus i could take to work. My bill was lower because it happened a few times one year. I got scared cause i didn't get a bill for months. I had my mom call them an they told her when i owed money they would bill me. It was funny

pat goff

Mar 3, 2019, 12:50 pm Reply

I get homesick sometimes but as a single mother i could never afford a house an three aces there.

Rex McStiller

Mar 3, 2019, 5:24 pm Reply

Normaly you have the "Schnapperle" on german doors where you can switch the lock from automaticly closed to it falls in the lock but you can press the door open.


Mar 3, 2019, 1:08 pm Reply

These Outlets are called "Putzsteckdosen" or translated "Cleaning Outlets" used for vacuum cleaners or similar. For more questions on german electrical installation please write me a personal message, because this is heavely regulated


Mar 3, 2019, 2:20 am Reply

The reason the safety deposit is bigger in Germany might have to do with the fact that if a tenant refuses to move out after the contract expires you can only kick them out with a so-called "Räumklage" after around two months as far as I know. (That means police show up and forcibly move the tenant out) During those months the owner doesn't expect to be paid any rent, so that's what the safety deposit is mostly for. Also, obviously, if you cause a lot of damage so that can be covered.


Mar 3, 2019, 1:31 am Reply

I‘ve always owned washing machine and drier combos. Never want to do without. Caution: the throughput is halved compared to separate machines, so if you have seven kids that play soccer you should get separate machines.

Zilong Li

Mar 3, 2019, 2:56 am Reply

Great video. It would be even more helpful if you talked about rent price ranges.

Rumplelumpa Snickerdoodles

Mar 3, 2019, 6:02 pm Reply

The best thing about a washer-dryer combo machine is that you can do the magic combo programs.
You put in dirty laundry and get out clean and dry laundry without any steps in between 😀

Rumplelumpa Snickerdoodles

Mar 3, 2019, 6:13 pm Reply

I love how i realize how true some of those things are now that you mention them.
I had the appartment experience the other way around, but also here in germany.
In Giessen there is a big family housing complex that used to belong to the now "abandoned" US Base there.
A buddy of mine rented one of the US appartments there and lo and behold, you enter right into the living room, the kitchen is attached to the living room with no door and a service hatch and is matched and fixed to the appartment.


Mar 3, 2019, 1:27 pm Reply

to the kitchen:
the doors purpose is to keep the smell of food out of the rest of the apartement and the temperature in the kitchen. same with the door for the livingroom btw. it gets pretty cold in winter and you wouldnt want to heat rooms which dont require the heat eg the hallway.

the bathroom:
actually in most properties i lived in had these watertanks for the hot water and i actually like it more. if you use a water heater depending on how much hot water you use over the day you may use more energy than with a tank because it takes much more energy to heat the water up instantly instead of slow and steady.

the bedroom:
the reason most american beds are that high is actually the boxspring. it just takes up way more space than a "lattenrost" (thats the wooden planks).


Mar 3, 2019, 7:09 pm Reply

This apartment as aspects common enough in many German (and maybe even Western European) apartments but is not a blueprint either. And the furnishing seems quite minimalistic (not a bad thing). I think to get a fairly good idea of what many (modern) apartments in Germany look like, one can go to an IKEA. Not everything is IKEA is Germany but they surely sell a decent representation of common styles.

The comment as to "smaller", less this and that, open window vs aircon I would say is generally true, partially cultural but also in line with our idea that US Americans (on the whole) are wasting way too much energy than our planet can handle.


Mar 3, 2019, 8:10 pm Reply

Oh I miss those windows. We would open them every morning to air out the moisture.

Going Insane

Mar 3, 2019, 11:13 am Reply

I would never move into an apartment without a kitchen. It is not that normal in Germany as you experienced 😀

Viktor Nunes

Mar 3, 2019, 6:13 pm Reply

I have also a lot of Shopping bags. I collect them because they are very useful.

Holger Priske

Mar 3, 2019, 7:21 pm Reply

I, as a German, always wondered, why the american count 'bed rooms'. It seems they never do anything else than sleep.
We just count "rooms", and if you move into an appartment, you decide, which one you use to sleep, and which to live; or if you want to sleep separate, two persons stay in two rooms, without having a common living room. So this concept is more flexible, the only room with more than blank walls, is the kitchen, because of the water connections, that define the room as a kitchen.
But you can build a libraryin a room, or have a dining room, or a home-office … and all this, americans seem to do in "bedrooms".

Strasbourger Pleissbach333

Mar 3, 2019, 12:51 am Reply

Maybe the US-american apartments are weird. Think about that.

Pavel Peřina

Mar 3, 2019, 7:12 pm Reply

I've never seen US apartment, but few things:
– In Czech Republic shelf toilets were common in 80s and before, but since then they are not common. Also water tank moved from over head one to system that is build into the wall.
– Huge water boilers used to be common and perhaps they still are. They usually heat water overnight when electricity is cheaper and electric consumption is measured independently. I still have 50l hot water tank in gas heater. Electric boilers without or with small tank are sometimes used in kitchen just not to waste 10 liters of water before hot water gets there through the pipes
– I'm not a huge fan of reducing amount of plastic bags, because I always reused them for waste.

What surprised me in US hotels:
– windows have usually single glass and aluminum frame and they provide very poor thermal and sound isolation. Quite annoying to hear huge fans from some central A/C machine room several floors below or from the street.
– poor sound isolation was also problem of inner walls
– when I turn off the heater temperature perhaps decreses by 3C in one day during winter and I live in building from 1925 or something like that. When I tried to turn noisy electric heater in hotel, room was pretty cold in two hours with 8C outside. Truth is that houses build from 60s to 80s from prefabricated concrete panels here are also very inefficient. But in first half of last century flats were heated by burning coal.
– bath/shower valves were completely different. We used to have two tap valves and knob switching water flow between bathtub and shover. In states if I remember correctly were three knobs or huge tap valve and handle.
– I don't know how standardized are US electric sockets, some were ok, sometimes I had problem to plug in notebook because plug was very lose and it kept falling down (however electric sockets in Europe are likely different in any country, although plugs fits at least to German and Czech ones (and ungrounded ones are likely compatible everywhere). I'm afraid lose sockets may create fire hazard.
– Some hotels seemed to have very poor construction quality (flaws in details which I would say are unacceptable in Europe).

Other small things that surprised my in US:
– Salt Lake City had quite fast and clean tram. It was half empty and people prefered to drive into city center using jammed interstate highway. Contrary to that buses were slow and occupied by poor people. There was likely no way to leave city without a car other than by plane. I don't know if intercity public transport even exist there.


Mar 3, 2019, 11:33 pm Reply

We have a bag filled with old bags (because come on, you don't take bags with you all the time and then you go shopping and you buy a new one etc.). We call it "bagsbag" or Tütentüte.


Mar 3, 2019, 9:15 pm Reply

In fact you only showed one half of the "pfandsystem". So we hafe the so called "einwegpfand". Bottels wich are einwegpfand have the symbol you showed. But we also have "mehrwegpfand". They are most of the time not so easy to identify, because they don't have a specific symbol, but there is the word mehrwegpfand written on the label or somewhere on the bottle.


Mar 3, 2019, 11:03 am Reply

The thing is, that you are using more energy at the colder months of the year and at this way you are paying the average from a month, mostly you pay a bit more than the average 2 get some money back and dont need to worry anything.

Karin DeepBlue

Mar 3, 2019, 5:24 am Reply

I think there is much more variety in German apartments. Each one is unique. You have to look around to find one that suits your needs. In the US, well outside the big cities at least, apartments are much more cookie-cutter style. If you have seen one you have seen them all.

Julian Snowdon

Mar 3, 2019, 2:30 pm Reply

Moving kitchens and other big furniture such as large wandrobes etc. is a German nonsense. Each time you move it's a pain to dis- and reassamble the whole stuff, then it doesn't match the layout of the new apartment and the more often you dis and reassemble the furniture the faster they bust. Not very sustainable… Hope the German property market moves to the US style of furnitured apartments. It's just way more convinient and sustainble. And I am telling this as a German.

Christian Voigt

Mar 3, 2019, 5:31 am Reply

There's a neat way to fold those bags ^^ Fold it up from the bottoms up, use the bottom as a lead on where to fold until there's no bag left to fold from that direction (if it has a really big bottom, use half of it as a lead). Then fold it sideways from both sides so that you end up with a third of the width. Now you can wrap the attached handles around the folded bag, do it twice if it has really long handles… voila! perfectly folded bag that will stay that way until you use it again. can provide pictures if required hehe. You can also hang it up somewhere as the short handles will still be available. We have like three dozen of those in our Tütenbeutel <- that's how we call our bag to hold other bags 🙂

Thank you for entertaining me throughout my sleepless night

Gustav Gnöttgen

Mar 3, 2019, 4:05 am Reply

Divided mattresses are not standard – I'm single and I'm right now in my 200x140cm bed.

Daniel Karlsson

Mar 3, 2019, 10:21 am Reply

The system with taking your kitchen with you when you move seems very weird indeed.

Once Upon Tomorrow

Mar 3, 2019, 11:00 pm Reply

Theres two reasons for the door to the kitchen / living room
A) heating eg I dont even use the heater in my kitchen cause Im only in there for like an hour a day max so no need to heat and pay extra money (I eat in the dining room thats connected to the living room)
B) smell close the door and you can prevent the smell (or at least a big portion of it) from getting into your livingroom so you dont have to spend the rest of the day or week living in the stench from the last meal(s)
and its hard to get this out of your furniture and walls

P.S. My security deposit in south korea was $10k for a tiny 18 square meter one room apartement….


Mar 3, 2019, 4:06 am Reply

I dont know if someone said something about it : the only explanation, about power , i can come up with is its easier. In Germany its more common to rent a place to life in. And the companys delivering the electric power have a counter of how much of this eölectric power is used. Now just think about whats easier …. write down the counter once in a year and pay the difference or read the counter each month and pay for it. In Germany the bill for elektric power is send out around end of november. In this bill is listed how much electric power was used , how muich you already paid and if you paid more than you used you get the money back. But if you get lets say 120 euro back your monthly cut will be shortend too by around 10 euro per month. Your bill is for example 120 euro higher you have to pay it and your monthly cut maybe 10 euro higher than it was before.


Mar 3, 2019, 2:29 am Reply

we also have hot water "tanks" (boilers) and different other ways to get or make hot water
what you have here is a "Durchlauferhitzer"
then there is the water tank with heaters (installed normaly in the basements)
Or "Fernwärme" – the hot water is made on another place i.e. generated where waste is burned, or other heat can be used for heating up water) then transportet in good isolation pipes (hoses?) and then there is a heat changer next to a water tank in the house, and the heatet water is stored in this tank.
With this system you also never run out of hot water. We have this in our house.
Keep in mind, the "Durchlauferhitzer" will give you quicker hot water – but CAN need/use more electric energy, because it has to heat up faster. BUT also don't heat, if you don't need hot water…
It is common to install them in old houses they are renovated – the using cost are paid by the people living there…
And then there also heaters like this "Durchlauferhitzer" but burning gas (coming in pipes into the house)
This is a more older style.

lamp – you find all types of lamps (switch places) here in Germany
go to the shops and have a look 🙂

rental money – yes, if you don't pay or leave the apartement damaged … the landlord won't lose that much money in some cases… sadly there are "special people" out there … but you should get ?payment of interest? on your money in this time.

electric – that's our system here … It has proven itself
if they would do a monthly billing, that's more work and expensive

(ouh my english skills are bad today … sorry … time for bed haha)

btw bed – you also find so many different kind of beds here in Germany

Disguise What

Mar 3, 2019, 6:40 pm Reply

for the beds: mattresses are about weight mostly, not preference.
shopping bags: have one in your handbag and you do not need to buy more; also this limits you spending too much money ;P


Apr 4, 2019, 3:53 pm Reply

The electric bill thing (gas also) we do here in the States as well. It's called being on a budget. The benefit is having an exact bill amount you can budget for every month over the year,and yes,there is a make-up month where either you pay to catch up the difference or they pay you. It's nice,especially if you own a home instead of living in an apartment. Weather changes don't affect apartments as drastically as a stand-alone house because you're partially insulated by the apartments around you. If you own a home though,spring and fall months your electric or gas bill can be fairly low due to moderate temps,whereas in summer and winter your bills can get extremely high due to severe heat or cold. So,instead of having a couple of months where you pay say $50 for electric but in dead cold or 100 deg heat your bill goes to $400, you may pay $150-200 per month every month. This makes it much easier to budget for. Hope this helps!


Apr 4, 2019, 7:42 pm Reply

in all the apartments i moved in germany, there was a kitchen in it


Apr 4, 2019, 12:24 am Reply

The electricity rate is usually set a bit higher than what you actually use so that at the end of the year you get a little refund. We do it that way simply so we don't have to read the meters every month, usually you do it once a year depending on what month you moved in the apartment.

Susanne Schwabe

Apr 4, 2019, 12:33 am Reply

Well, that's the reason, why we say flat instead of Apartment, cause an apartment in germany means a flat already with full of furniture !

Susanne Schwabe

Apr 4, 2019, 12:56 am Reply

An electricity bill per year is cheaper than twelve bills per year, cause the price of work hours in germany are very high !


Apr 4, 2019, 12:56 pm Reply

american homes consume a lot of electricity, with all those ventilation systems & smart meters, it seems

Ulrich Bunny

Apr 4, 2019, 9:44 pm Reply

Muhahaha my Kirchen is not even half the size and I am cooking for 5-6 people there.

Frank Sony

Apr 4, 2019, 7:18 pm Reply

After seeing this vid, it can be confirmed that USA citizens aren't aware (neither being forced) of their consumption of energy neither the footprint on their environment, compared to citizens in Europe.
Despite this, Europe can still work on their own impact on their environment….


Apr 4, 2019, 4:37 am Reply

Sometimes I think America is a third world country xD Thank god I live in a country where people think rational and logical


Apr 4, 2019, 9:27 pm Reply

No smart readers ?

Where the heck is my Kummerspeck?

Apr 4, 2019, 1:46 pm Reply

Unfortunately, a lot of people in Germany don‘t own their apartments they‘re living in AND: a lot of people (especially the younger ones) move every 3-7 years to another apartment, so OF COURSE they take their expensive fridge, oven, washing machine, tv and furniture with them.


Apr 4, 2019, 12:59 pm Reply

washer dryer combo is more space eficcient. no more time efficient.


Apr 4, 2019, 1:12 pm Reply

18:20 how would the electric company know how much elektricity you used each month?

Cyber Hektor

May 5, 2019, 5:25 pm Reply

Nie tylko w Niemczech, w Polsce również są drzwi z przedpokoju do kuchni i do innych pomieszczeń i tradycyjnie "drzwi" powinno się zamykać za sobą ze względu na prywatność, izolację zapachów z kuchni czy ciepło jak ktoś lubi się dogrzewać w swoim pokoju. Oczywiście ten tzw "open plan" spotykamy coraz częściej jako aneks kuchenny jak ktoś zakłada że gotowanie nie jest jego domeną i kuchnia może być gdzieś w rogu salonu połączonego z jadalnią. Ale trochę mnie zastanawiają te mieszkania na wynajem bez mebli kuchennych i bez AGD choć to może mieć sens przy długoterminowym wynajmie i niskiej trwałości paździerza czy taniego AGD.

_A_ _P_

May 5, 2019, 3:51 pm Reply

1) You forgot to demonstrate the European toilet flushing. That would be a real cultural shock!
2) Water heaters like you had in your apartment consume not less electricity than boilers but they consume it in a more intelligent way.

Rainer Wahnsinn

May 5, 2019, 1:25 pm Reply

The Pfand-Bottle-Sign shows not only if it is a Pfand-Bottle or not,it also shows if the Bottle is a Einwegpfand-(Oneway) or Mehrwegpfand(Multiple-use)-Bottle.
The difference is ,that Mehrweg-Flaschen will be driven back to the supplier ,cleaned and used many hundred times.Einweg-Flaschen get destroyed in the market and used for some other stuff.

Rüdiger Müller

Jun 6, 2019, 4:51 pm Reply


Jasper Jones

Jun 6, 2019, 10:00 am Reply

Growing up (in US) we had a combined washer and dryer in aqua! There wasn't a lot of room for 2 appliances. Even though I used the washer dyer, I never thought about its convenience, It's what we had and I was just a kid. It was just there.

Superman Barbie

Jul 7, 2019, 4:21 pm Reply

Why are you so loud??? Take your time when you Talk pleas ,i have to hold my phone speker to make the Sound a Littel Bit down, gosh pleas clam down

otto Vonostrovo

Jul 7, 2019, 4:18 am Reply

Twin beds. Well, that explains the very low birth rate!


Jul 7, 2019, 4:49 am Reply

Okay… I get the window about the apartment door… maybe, but above the bathroom, of all places? I would call that a "peep window" lolol
Seriously, never seen that before xD

evangelina grey

Jul 7, 2019, 2:19 am Reply

So what if I use less electricity, will I get a refund. ??????????this is my “I want a refund face”

Димитър Хаджиев

Jul 7, 2019, 4:41 pm Reply

ОК, so you had people tell you, you need to keep focus on the flat, but then, they never shoot videos and do not understand that you don't wear a microphone, so you actually have to shout at the camera to record your voice. Don't listen to trolls!


Aug 8, 2019, 6:19 pm Reply

She 's speaking fast like a machine that never runs out


Aug 8, 2019, 6:22 pm Reply

For those who are telling only germains are watching this video I am a moroccan guy

Craig Hardy

Aug 8, 2019, 11:55 pm Reply

Thanks for the 2nd video. Now I have a much better idea of what the individual rooms look like. I don't think I would have too many problems adjusting to German flats, but the idea of moving with your kitchen is quite strange!

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