| by Kenneth Chase | 100 comments

My German Flat vs American Apartment

hey guys! come on in!
thanks for coming back to my channel and welcome to my apartment. I thought that
it would be cool if I showed you guys what my apartment in Germany is like and
point out some of the differences I’ve noticed between your standard German
apartment and your standard American apartment. And the first thing I’ll say
is that a lot of Germans learn English from British instructors and the Brits
call their apartments flats and so a German, when speaking English, will often
refer to their apartment as a flat whereas we call them apartments. So when you first walk into your standard German apartment you’ll notice a bunch of shoes
on the ground and that’s basically because when a German comes home, they’ll arrive, they’ll take off their shoes and they’ll put on what they call house
shoes or basically just slippers so that way they’re not tracking in any mud or
dirt or anything from outside and into their house. And that’s pretty cool but
I thought I was a little weird whenever I went to a German apartment for like a
party and I was expected to bring my own house shoes. Sometimes the host will
provide how shoes if they have enough depending on the size of the party but
yeah I had to bring my own house shoes and when I got there I was expected to
take off my shoes and put on slippers to there and socialize with everyone which
I thought was pretty strange. Alright let’s go into the kitchen so German
kitchens to me are really really different primarily because Germans
actually move their kitchens which, I know, it sounds crazy. So I never really
understood why when I went into IKEA in America why there was like this huge
section dedicated to kitchens like how many people are getting their houses
built and needing to buy cabinets and counters and whatever for the house and
then I moved to Germany and found out that Germans will go and buy their own
kitchen, install it into their apartment or their flat and then will actually if
they’re moving will de-install that kitchen, take it with them, reformat it
because obviously not every kitchen is shaped
exactly the same, and then they will reinstall it. Now obviously there’s
exceptions to this some Germans will be able to sell their kitchen to their
landlord or maybe the person that’s taking over the lease after them but for
the most part they move their kitchen with them. Another different thing is
that their refrigerators are drastically smaller than ours and it’s kind of hard
to show you on this video without doing a side-by-side comparison but if you
think about it I’m five foot seven and this is the top of my shoulder and this
is the top of the fridge, so my shoulder is actually above the height of the
fridge and the freezer is pretty small too. Another thing is their dishwashers..
so water in Germany is like really, really, really hard. If I remember
correctly when I looked it up our hardest water is still like ten times
softer than German’s softest water that’s how hard their water is. So because of
their hard water, Germans will actually add additives into their dishwasher to
soften the water and make sure that it doesn’t create this like film or calcium
like buildup or residue on their dishes. Another thing is that I have never seen
a Keurig for the entire time that I’ve been in Germany. I don’t know if they’re
here or not but I’ve never seen one but I have seen coffee appliances from other
brands. So, Tassimo is a popular brand that you’ll see in Germany and so is a Nespresso, and there’s a bunch of other ones but I’ve never seen a Keurig here
which is kind of interesting because I feel like Keurig just like took over
America over the past couple years. Alright I think that’s all for the kitchen
so let’s move to the bathroom. So as I walk into the bathroom, the first thing
I’ll point out is the toilet. So they don’t have handles to flush their
toilets. What they have are buttons, and usually there’s two of them. And as I
always say, the bigger the button the bigger the flush. And you’ll also notice
that there isn’t that top part to the toilet that we have and that’s because
it’s like inside the wall there. And the toilet doesn’t sit on the ground, it’s
basically just floating in the air there. Also a lot of German flats will have
their washer and dryer inside their bathroom. So another different thing is
that they have these cool heaters inside their bathrooms, which are basically like
towel rack shaped heaters so when you turn it on not only is it heating up the
bathroom but it’s also warming up your towel which is pretty awesome when
you’re getting out of the shower. What it is not awesome though is that again
because of this hard water thing if you have a shower like this where it’s like
this glass wall you are going to have to squeegee every single time you get out
of the shower. And it drives me crazy because like it’s just another step I
have to take when I’m getting ready in the morning is to squeegee down the
shower and if you don’t squeegee down the
shower you get these really bad hard water stains on your glass and it takes
kind of like a lot of effort to wash them off. Alright I think that’s all
for the bathroom let’s head to the bedroom and I’m sorry my place isn’t as
clean as it probably should be for this apartment tour but uh truth be told I
don’t really care. So, the first thing I always notice about a German bedroom or their hotel rooms a lot of times they have these two mattresses that lay next
to each other to make up, this is basically like a queen-size bed .And if
you notice those are actually two different blankets too. And when I moved
in with my boyfriend I thought it was like really weird it seemed like I was
like what is this the 50s we can’t sleep in the same bed together and I’ve grown
to love it. It is awesome. I sleep so well and I think it’s just like the better
way because if you think about it it’s not exactly natural to sleep right next
to someone and be able to get like super restful sleep because maybe they move or making noise or whatever but for some reason having this like defined sleeping
space for yourself you get like way better sleep. So if you look behind me
you’ll notice that this is like a wardrobe and again it looks similar to
IKEA, right? What you’d see in IKEA. And that’s because Germans, they don’t have
closets. They don’t do the closet thing. So you basically have to go and buy
wardrobes from furniture stores if you want to be able to hang up your clothes
because there are no other options. There are no closets. Another thing I’ll point
out in here are the windows and I think they’re
pretty cool. I’ve heard that a lot of Americans think that the
German windows are super fascinating so this isn’t a window, I mean this is a
door, but it’s the same mechanism. So you can either open it completely, right, or
you can bring the handle up and it’ll just as I call it I call it the German
way of opening so I don’t really know like what a proper term for it should be
but basically it just tilts the glass away from the wall and so you get some
airflow without opening the entire window or door. I think it’s pretty cool!
Alright let’s go into, oh! One more thing. So their light switches are
different. Instead of having like the actual light switch looking things that
we have, they have basically square buttons as their switches. And they also
don’t really have door knobs. I’ve never… I don’t think I’ve ever seen a door knob
in Germany. They mostly have door handles. This is what I’m used to seeing all
throughout Germany. Alright let’s go into the living room. So the furniture in
here I think is pretty standard. Again, it looks like something you’d see in Ikea
and I’m sure any German hearing me say this all is probably really annoyed like
IKEA is not the only furniture store and I got that, but I just think IKEA
resonates really well with your average American because it describes the style
of furniture it is not so much the quality. So as I mentioned, there’s not a
lot of closets, there aren’t a lot of like built-in storage in German houses
and apartments, and so they’ll buy furniture that’s much more functional
than I think what the average American has in their home so that they can like
get the storage they need out of the furniture. The other thing I’ll point out
in here is the heater. So when you look at the heater, I always think it looks
like this old-school again, I’m like throwback to the 1950s style heater. They
don’t have like central air here like we do in
most of your new houses in America. They have these heaters. Actually they don’t
have air conditioning. I’ve never seen a house or an apartment with air
conditioning… they rely on opening the windows and
using the curtains and the shades and the blinds to basically keep their house
cool in like a more natural way instead of using air conditioning. And then again,
with the heaters, they have these like vents and it doesn’t really create a lot
of airflow and so Germans will, and there’s a term for it but I just don’t
know it and even if I did I wouldn’t be able to pronounce it right, where they
open up all of their windows for a certain amount of time to just basically
like air out the house or the apartment to get any moisture out and make sure
that no mold starts growing. And the last thing I’ll show you in here is the
blinds. So most German houses and apartments will have these roll-down
blinds that are basically on the outside of the window and I did this, it’s an
electronic function, and so it’s rolling it down itself. I don’t think this is
anything particularly fancy… it’s pretty much standard. Maybe it’s not electronic,
maybe you have to manually roll it down like I did in my old apartment, but for
the most part their blinds are on the outside of the window and they’re shaped
like this instead of ours which are on the inside usually and they have like
the standard sliding type design where you can like open them and close them.
Alright guys! That’s all I have for you today thanks for joining me! I hope you
enjoyed this video and if you did give it a thumbs up. If there’s anything I
missed that you know of a difference between a German apartment and American
apartment feel free to put them in the comments, I would love to learn from you!
And if you have any questions from me, throw them in there too. Thanks for
joining me! I hope you subscribe to my channel I’ll be posting videos every
week. See you next time! Bye. Bye! I’m gonna go edit this video now so I
need you to go.



Mar 3, 2019, 2:19 pm Reply

I came here after watching the 6 unpopular opinions in Germany video, and this isn't what I expected. Truth be told, I don't understand why so many people complain about "negative comments", I haven't heard anything offensive, she was just describing the differences she noticed from what she was used to and what she encountered in Germany (and she often even said, she liked it, so…). True, it's not like that everywhere in the whole country, but it's her experience, and it's not totally wrong, either. You know only what you know.

andrea van zwol

Jun 6, 2019, 4:44 am Reply

Looks all very familiar, in the netherlands it is mostry the same, depending on how old the building is as regards to the toilet thing and bathroom. I love love love that we do NOT use chemicals in our tap water, that is why we can just drink it all day long, the water quality is so so good you do not have to buy bottled water not even to make baby formula. The hardness of the water depends on the region also here in the netherlands, where i live it is quite soft. I only ever buy a bottle of water when i am on a trip an ran oyt of the water i brought with me from home. In 2 weeks i will be going on a 7 days bike&hike&train trip to national park am eifel in gemany and i love it will all look so familiar.❤️

Steve’s Outdoor World

Jun 6, 2019, 9:43 pm Reply

Love your video's.Keep giving us more.S.D.


Jun 6, 2019, 11:10 pm Reply

Kelly, what room do Germans prefer to have sex in and what is their favorite position ???????

Daniel Düsentrieb

Jun 6, 2019, 8:40 am Reply

@Potcha Shamans  do not really understand what you English speaking idiot are trying to say because I do not care about English speaking world and the "wrong side" (America) of the world in general. But with my bad english I assume that you wrote something like "we in America were the role model for you in Europe" or something like that???
It is quite the other way around. You are just an offshoot, a branch of us. Everything you are comes from Europe. The people who stole the country from the amerindians (native americans) have been Europeans. And so on. We people here in Europe are so happy not to live in a country like yours with violent police, cruel justice and the "black problem" ?? ( you know which human race I mean, I just cannot write it because laughable YouTube uses censorship word filters)

To give just a few examples, i could continue the list endlessly…

Howsoever, now I will get into my German Mercedes Benz, go 280 km/h on our German autobahn and enjoy the German living standards and good food in Düsseldorf, the city with one of the words best living quality?


Jun 6, 2019, 10:32 pm Reply

Whoa Kelly, with all due respect; is this piece on German Apts (which I would like to have seen) or just a head shot of you? Please get the camera off yourself, and more on the subject of your video!

Dorsey Taylor

Jun 6, 2019, 6:38 pm Reply

The lady needs to show more of what she is talking about instead of her face

miss p

Jun 6, 2019, 9:09 pm Reply

Where did you get your Infos from, 2 Germans?! Most of what you talk about isn‘t true for Germans/Germany…

Jeffrey Pryor

Jun 6, 2019, 11:37 pm Reply

A lot of this video reminds me of when I lived in Belgium.


Jun 6, 2019, 1:13 am Reply

Taking your kitchen with you when you move from an apartment is quite unique for Germany.
Have never heard of any other couuntry, where you do that.
In Denmark the kitchen belongs to the apartment. A Dishwasher may be the exemption.
Along with that comes that every light panel, which is fixed to the apartment, i.e. in the kitchen and bathroom is your landlords problem, if the light does not work.
He must replace the lightbulp. If something is wrong with the refrigirator or the stove, the landlord must fix this as well. At no expense.

Yiyi Sun

Jun 6, 2019, 2:57 am Reply

As a German now living in the US, I totally agree with Kelly’s opinions. I wish I had watched her video before we moved to the US! And I love the part how she explained the different beds in Germany and US. My husband and I always have problems with the beds in hotels on our vacations in the US, especially because we have to share one blanket?


Jun 6, 2019, 1:25 pm Reply

I think you generalise too much. Germany is a diverse country – in some region water is harder than in other ones – there's no way it's the same everywhere. Also furniture and stuff like toilet depend on household. There are houses where toilets don't float. 😛 There are also tall fridges in stores – there are all kinds of sizes, whatever you need. BTW – I never heard about Keurig until you mentioned it.


Jun 6, 2019, 8:39 pm Reply

Most of the things you mention that are different are not typically German but just European, I live in the Netherlands and almost all the differences are similar in the Netherlands except moving the kitchen with you when you move to another house that's pretty weird :). And IKEA is just European furniture style so yeh everything looks like IKEA ;).

Flyboy _Maverick

Jun 6, 2019, 9:10 pm Reply

That refrigerator is tiny!! Lol

Peter Sommer

Jun 6, 2019, 11:57 am Reply

the window thing is called "to set it on skip"

David Chinchen

Jun 6, 2019, 1:45 pm Reply

Light switches outside the door and rarely cabinets under bathroom sink covering plumbing also that the blinds completely darken the space

Andy Andie

Jun 6, 2019, 3:01 pm Reply

Why show only your face?

Andy Andie

Jun 6, 2019, 3:06 pm Reply

In  UK there is one light switch in the room. Usually at the other end. Or behind the door. Or the outside door opens to a wall, not the room.

Travels Addict

Jun 6, 2019, 7:49 pm Reply

I have a tilt and turn window in my bathroom.

Owen Ouzheng

Jun 6, 2019, 1:21 am Reply

Live in Washington DC area for ten years, doing kitchen design remodeling business since 2009. Most million dollars single family home, the house do have a kitchen size of 20’x20’, people want a big 10’x4’ island in the middle of kitchen. Ikea cabinets are not solid wood, most American kitchens are custom built with solid wood cabinet, can't be built by home owners like assembly a furnitures, too dangerous if a 36×42” wall cabinet falling off from the wall with bunch of staffs in there.

Owen Ouzheng

Jun 6, 2019, 1:28 am Reply

Germany maybe not too hot in the summer like Texas, Florida, California, Georgia so don't need AC. I live in Virginia. It is 90 degree (40c) today, a lot people and pets will pass out without the AC. And central AC is best way and only way to cool down 6000 sqft single or 2200 square feet townhouse.

Owen Ouzheng

Jun 6, 2019, 1:37 am Reply

I do love German that they have the ability to make so many top quality products, but they r not over consume the resources for themselves, American companies very good at educate American consumers to consume more and more even u don't need it to be health or happy.

Owen Ouzheng

Jun 6, 2019, 1:53 am Reply

About the water, the people I know in northern Virginia area, they don't trust the tap water, they know there are a lot chemicals in there. So they drink purified water or bottle water (I know it is bad), even install whole house water purify system to make sure the shower water is good too.

Brad Morrison

Jun 6, 2019, 11:13 am Reply

I honestly absolutely hate the British.

Brad Morrison

Jun 6, 2019, 11:18 am Reply

You are adorable ?

reelle Zahl

Jun 6, 2019, 1:17 pm Reply

the water thing is not exclusive to Germany. You have to realise that leaving water residue—regardless of hardness—is just gross. You're encouraging Schimmel and the build up of other nasty bacteria. I've been to other countries and they do it there too. Maybe you Americans should just learn a few tips instead of complaining?

Monika Ciegowski

Jun 6, 2019, 4:11 pm Reply

aircondiciners are freakin expensive. thats why we don´t have them usually. ^^ i mean, they need a lot of energy. the energy is quite expensive.
we have the good old ventilators from the 50is.

Kati Barrett

Jun 6, 2019, 5:56 pm Reply

I feel like I see more of you than the apartment. Not that there is anything wrong with you, but it seems I actually can't see much of the apartment.

zagrebačka zločinačka organizacija

Jun 6, 2019, 12:52 am Reply

In the town i lived in Germany everybody had to bring their own Cocain totally weird those Germans ne Spaß Deutsche sind meistens gute freunde

Bea Erath

Jun 6, 2019, 11:07 pm Reply

The word for letting fresh air in ist " lüften ". Greetings from Germany. 😉

Rambling Rose

Jul 7, 2019, 6:04 am Reply

This explains my friends parents bed ! I thought it looked like a lot of extra bed making but figured one of the parents was a restless sleeper . They we're Americans of German decent :)I thought it was probably a good idea but I go to such great lengths to not have to make a bed it's funny .In college I made my bed once then had a matching light weight sleeping bag quilt I actually slept in and rolled up at the bottom of the bed every morning .My Mom got me the whole thing (she knows me so well). I just had to throw the sleeping bag in the washer :)Very neat !


Jul 7, 2019, 9:08 pm Reply

1980: "I bet there will be flying cars in the future"

flying toilet


Jul 7, 2019, 9:21 pm Reply

European refrigerators are smaller because they eat more fresh food, more whole foods, less frozen food, and less processed food. Squeegees are simply a matter of cleanliness. Everyone should use a squeegee. Wearing out door shoes in a home is disgusting.

John 14:6 KJV

Jul 7, 2019, 11:38 pm Reply

How are you sopposed to peak out of your blinds when they are on the outside??


Jul 7, 2019, 3:02 am Reply

Love this , but I would've loved to see more of the apartment 🙂 my family is from Germany and I still have family there that I've never met , I wanna go there

Thomas Wilson

Jul 7, 2019, 9:54 am Reply

Americans are very materialistic, they dont like others having something better than them, which plenty do, America doesn't have the biggest and best of everything, every American I have come across has tried to compare everything with theirs, nobody gives a fuck to be fair, when I was in America visiting family, they took me to various houses (friends of theirs) I never saw a clean house in America apart from the house I stayed in, I didnt even sit down in 1 house kept my mouth closed, filthy reptiles


Jul 7, 2019, 3:25 pm Reply

hot tip for the lime built up from the water: white vinegar. soak some paper towels in white vinegar, put it on the glass or tiles, let it sit for a while, might even have to spray more vinegar on if it dries out too fast. but it'll desolve the lime and you don't have to scrub. use a bag or small container with vinegar for the shower head 🙂
I miss the shades outside the windows most, followed by windows and a set up to actually be able to air out the house

Mike bris

Jul 7, 2019, 6:35 pm Reply

Recommendation. I came here looking for the differences in apartments but was a bit disappointed because your in the video about 98% of the time. Not that your bad to look at (quite the contrary), but a good video is a nice balance of show tell with narration vs. direct eye to eye contact. Think about it, even in conversation no one typically maintains that much eye contact. IMHO.

Zorka Kelly

Jul 7, 2019, 9:49 pm Reply

European DO NOT NEED large frigate because we do not eat Frozen and other junk food Americans do eat i live on both sides

Karen Kramer

Jul 7, 2019, 12:27 am Reply

Cool vid

Lisa Katrin

Jul 7, 2019, 1:28 am Reply

Why we move our kitchen? Because we spend a lot of time in them and cook instead of only making sandwiches 😛


Jul 7, 2019, 3:14 am Reply

Oh… I understand why people would get offended at the water part xD It's logical, though, when your first impression of German water is in a complex with noticeably hard water that you think water in Germany is just generally hard xD

We don't add anything to our dish washers or anything, and our glasses are totally fine. You just solved my eternal mystery why glasses at other people's places I visited sometimes look so milky xDDD


Jul 7, 2019, 12:33 am Reply

I never even thought about it but yes even visiting my relatives in the Slovak Republic they don't have closets to hang your clothes in. I kept everything in my suitcase and everything became wrinkled. I just thought about it now. No closets. How did I miss that.


Jul 7, 2019, 4:00 pm Reply

Ich muss ehrlich sagen… das ist das dümmste Video was ich gesehen habe … so 75% in dem Video sind nur bei ihr so und nicht wie sie sagt bei uns deutschen…

Jay Paglia

Jul 7, 2019, 7:33 pm Reply

Americans take off their shoes only if they are extremely soiled, otherwise they wipe their feet well before entering a house if their shoes are not soiled.

vi zeath

Jul 7, 2019, 12:12 am Reply

haha I came here because I got 2 german friends, one of them got an apartment, but he never had his own bedroom and he can't afford a bed…

so weird cause I thought that he was rich to live in an apartment.

And another german lives in a flat but the interior looks luxurious

Ann-Kathrin G.

Jul 7, 2019, 3:19 pm Reply

Nice Video! I think the word you mean at time 10:35 is" Lüften" = opening the window/door for fresh air. 🙂 greets from Berlin

E. Male

Jul 7, 2019, 1:56 pm Reply

Shoes are for outside, we walk our clean homes with bare feet or socks/slippers. Shoes shouldn't enter your living room, it's simple logic.

E. Male

Jul 7, 2019, 1:58 pm Reply

Americans are so weird xD.

E. Male

Jul 7, 2019, 2:18 pm Reply

Not the typical German apartment, I Guess you didn't have the luxury to see many since houses are hard to get. But this is just 1 of the many apartments the landlord has, and doesn't care about – just to milk the cow.

Greets from Holland.

Lauren Bush

Jul 7, 2019, 7:47 pm Reply

It's called regelmässig lüften

Wolfgang F. Svatek

Jul 7, 2019, 8:51 am Reply

Thanks for this Video, Kelly – I'm Austrian and have traveled a lot – spent a lot of time in the US – had also a girlfriend from the US for quite some time – and I really like the US – had always a good time there! So I think your video is pretty funny to watch and a lot of things are right – but three things are (sorry) nonsense: 1) At least in Austria (I think in Germany too) when you rent an apartment there HAS to be a kitchen (at least a simple) with a stove, a sink, and a fridge – the only exception would be sometimes that it is a new house and you are the first person to live there. 2) The hard water thing is very different from location to location – but as already mentioned in another comment the difference lies in the way how the water is treated differently in the US – here in Vienna we get mountain water from the alps and I think it's not treated at all – it's a little harder but it tastes excellent – and I never wipe the shower glass after showering ;-). 3) It's true that we take off our shoes (most of the time) and walk around in socks or have a pair of "home-shoes" (like I do) – but nobody would EVER ask a guest to bring their own house shoes – that would be really strange :-(. One more funny thing about the bed: My wife and I think the US way is much better – we have one big mattress and one big blanket – and we feel always kind of "separated" when we have to sleep with "boundaries" between us – I think the "two-bed" – policy applies more to apartments that are rented out to different people regularly so that they would have the possibility to separate the beds for whatever reason….

Robert Buss

Jul 7, 2019, 5:00 pm Reply

There are lots of opinions about taking off shoes or leaving them on. In the US I don't know anyone who walks around their house with dirty shoes, at least not intentionally. Many people in the US have attached garages so that they really aren't bringing dirt from the street (or the frequently mentioned dog poo). Those who work in offices don't get their shoes dirty at work. Dirt from shoes is often just not an issue. The smell from some peoples feet after they have been in shoes for a few hours can be an issue.
A set of cultural behavior works is an particular context and it can be interesting to see what different features that requires and why that is. Then one can choose to what to implement for oneself.
The door handles are an interesting example. The knobs in the US are also combined with door latches that permit lightly pushing the door shut. Many Germany doors expect one to turn the handle to shut the door, otherwise they are quite loud. Knobs in Germany don't work well with their latches. Knobs are available in Germany and used in kindergardens so small children can't open the doors. US knobs also incorporate locks in them, whereas the german locks are separate and therefore require more effort to install. So it is not as simple handle versus knob.

Veronique Diallo

Jul 7, 2019, 9:19 pm Reply

This is common in the EU!

Sparkle S

Jul 7, 2019, 1:38 am Reply

Shitty German shit full of Germs and anti-american bastards ! Truely a Shit hole


Jul 7, 2019, 8:14 pm Reply

I'm kind of shocked about the shoe thing cause when my landlord visits with an other German handy man they are always shocked that I ask they take their shoes off.


Jul 7, 2019, 10:34 pm Reply

btw, these external window blinds are not only for keeping the appartment dark but also a good protection against intrusion. They seem to be leightweight but due to their construction, they can slow down an intruder quite effectively.


Jul 7, 2019, 10:44 pm Reply

I think they call them "fletts."

Nette Ronnow

Jul 7, 2019, 4:14 am Reply

Pretty cool video. One thing that I found interesting: the heaters were described as 'old school.' I think they're a logical choice: you can heat up one room instead of a whole apartment or house. Makes perfect sense, especially these days where we are, or should be, concerned about the environment, burning fossil fuels etc. Being Danish and married to a German – and having lived in the US for 25+ years, I am still amazed by how much energy people in the US use to heat up rooms that nobody uses. 'Old school' seems hip and 'with it' in a way that forced air systems don't.

Nette Ronnow

Jul 7, 2019, 4:17 am Reply

Shoes inside the home, tracking it all over – ew! It's just too lucky when people traipse around inside in the shoes they wore outside – and next thing you know, you're padding around barefoot without sox… Much prefer the cleaner Northern European version.

Tine Kristiansen

Jul 7, 2019, 10:16 pm Reply


Alex Grover

Jul 7, 2019, 8:50 am Reply

I loved German windows when I was there!

Jeremy Carter

Jul 7, 2019, 6:39 pm Reply

Oh my goodness. I would DIE without air conditioning! ?

Nie Mand

Jul 7, 2019, 10:03 pm Reply

The term for the window is "kippen".

Fabi S.

Jul 7, 2019, 8:04 pm Reply

Hey, I am your 40th thousand subscriber. Greetings from Germany.


Jul 7, 2019, 2:05 am Reply

Windows are like that in Ireland, too


Jul 7, 2019, 8:46 am Reply

Most of the Germans live in rented apartments whereas America is, by and large, a nation of homeowners. So these rented flats are made quite cheaply and almost have the same standard equipment.

die Alex Bn

Jul 7, 2019, 11:37 pm Reply

Whaaat i never heard about anyone wearing slippers at parties!! (And im german and living in Germany) and I think most students at least dont move with their kitchen

die Alex Bn

Jul 7, 2019, 11:41 pm Reply

Aaand i didnt know that the water here is harder 😀 interesting fact!! I’m jealous of everyone who doesnt have to clean the shower!!


Jul 7, 2019, 9:10 am Reply

wow this was a great tour of your face. thank you so much!

Rolf Wolter

Jul 7, 2019, 4:16 pm Reply

Dann geh einfach zurück ins bessere Amerika!

Klaus S

Jul 7, 2019, 7:53 pm Reply

Durch-lüften is the work you are looking for. Circulate the air through the apartment. You should mention the sound-proffing quality of German windows. You close them and you hear —— nothing (almost)


Jul 7, 2019, 1:32 am Reply

US refrigurator is bigger because in the states everything is a competition, even fridge size… SMH


Jul 7, 2019, 1:00 am Reply

For us visual types, a wide-angle establishing shot of each room would be helpful.

Radian Bridge

Jul 7, 2019, 8:39 am Reply

The kitchen thing surprised me too! First time flat hunting the agent shows me into a small empty room and says, "…and this is the kitchen". I said, "No, THIS is a small empty room." LOL I was stunned that I actually had to BUY kitchen cabinets and appliances. That, I think, was the biggest flat/apartment difference to me. Maybe I was too stunned after this revelation to notice anything else.

Michel Beauloye

Jul 7, 2019, 4:51 pm Reply

Hi Kelly!
A big difference is the electricity: especially the sockets are way different, also the voltage (110V vs 220V). What we don't have in the kitchen is a sink with an incorporated crusher (is that the word for it?). It is very convenient to avoid having a trash bin in the kitchen. As far as the bed is concerned, we do have 2 individual mattrasses, but one large bed sheet and one large quilt (couette) to cover the whole thing (we have tried the combination of 2 mattrasses, 2 bed sheets and 2 quilts, but then there was always a problem "in between"!! if you see what I mean.).
Take care Kelly.

Michel Beauloye

Jul 7, 2019, 5:08 pm Reply

Here, in Luxembourg, the houses and apartments are always sold/rented with a fully equipped kitchen and a bathroom. There is a rule that anything that is fixed to the wall has to remain, i.e. kitchen furnitures and equipment, complete bathroom, integrated closets, ceiling lamps, etc.

Mrs. Haytham Osman

Jul 7, 2019, 9:14 pm Reply

So fascinating, loved it! Thank you ☺️?

Osama Bin Laden

Jul 7, 2019, 9:49 pm Reply

How Much sq ft?

Aoki Mika

Jul 7, 2019, 11:59 pm Reply


Vella Bella

Jul 7, 2019, 7:22 am Reply

In France, the water is harsh also but safe to drink, though many people drink bottled waters

Art Film

Jul 7, 2019, 1:28 am Reply

This is not particularly German apartment. Almost all European countries have the same things. For example. If you see apartment in Poland would be exactly the same.

Doctor Psychologist Pharmacologyst Jo Girlove

Jul 7, 2019, 12:40 pm Reply

It's open the same in all the Europe city, country, ????

Lynda E

Jul 7, 2019, 2:41 pm Reply

It never ceases to amaze me when people comment their unease with taking their shoes off at the door. Most people assume only the Japanese practice this measure of cleanliness; I was raised to do this since I can remember, and I was born and raised in NYC.

Leo Riemer

Jul 7, 2019, 9:03 pm Reply

Its kinda funny to watch this video as a german. Our water is not too hard, the water stains are because the water is chemical-free. no chlorine, just pure water. Its also way more healthy. And the windows? Come on, I never have seen windows without this tilting-mechanism. Its just the european standard.

Martin Sassenberg

Aug 8, 2019, 8:40 am Reply

What is "I am five foot seven"? ?????

to the smart pants: yeah, I know 1,70m


Aug 8, 2019, 8:14 am Reply

Ikea is not german


Aug 8, 2019, 8:22 am Reply

Canada has had those doors for 20 years

Jarbo Fiorini

Aug 8, 2019, 2:08 pm Reply

-Well, Germans love their house very clean. Normally, when you visit someone even if it is a friend, you ask: Soll ich meine Schuhe ausziehen? Should I take my shoes off? and the house owner will tell you: no, no need or they will just let you be in their house in your socks.
-Germans love their kitchens and will carry them to their new apartments.
-You are going to find doorknobs in really cheap plywood doors and in very old houses. We don´t like them actually!
-Opening the windows for a certain amount of time ( 10 minutes recommended) is: "Zugluft" which means let the air freely flow through your house.
-The water in Germany has the best quality of water in Europe, I always drink from the tap. The hardness of the water is different from town to town and regions. North Germany has less hard than in south Germany.

Very cool video, thank you!

No Way

Aug 8, 2019, 10:40 pm Reply

Is it true that in US, when you go to a party with your girlfriend, you will walk back home alone because girls there usually have left the party with a bunch of black guys?

Ilona Baier

Aug 8, 2019, 2:19 pm Reply

dont listen to her she is full of ameikan shit


Aug 8, 2019, 9:30 pm Reply

German don't have house shoes. Japanese do. What part of Germany are you visiting. I'm from Holland btw… they can copy our watermanagement from 200 km away. I didn't knew our neighbors were such douche bags. No wonder we're number one beer exporter. Germany got 250 times more beer brewers, we're number 1. Ask them if they use sewer water when they brew.

Vuk Ljubicic

Aug 8, 2019, 6:29 pm Reply

This apartment setup is common troughout all Europe, not just German thing. We are used to living in less space and owning less stuff

Ajo Vie

Aug 8, 2019, 12:30 am Reply

I will choose German style over amber anyday. Am not German by the way.

Jad Bourji

Aug 8, 2019, 7:23 pm Reply

I think its the same everywhere; the U.S. is the exception..

Carol Kierstein

Aug 8, 2019, 11:55 pm Reply

My fridge in German was a large normal one like you would find in the USA

Carol Kierstein

Aug 8, 2019, 11:57 pm Reply

I loved the German windows and doors. Very efficient.


Aug 8, 2019, 9:20 pm Reply

Nothing strange about not wanting people to drag dog shit into their home!?

Mary Lopez

Aug 8, 2019, 2:09 am Reply

I have traveled to England a few times to visit friends and they don't have screens on their windows to keep out bugs and anything else with wings, lol . Do the German people use screens on their windows? I have always wanted to go to Germany since it is my heritage. You are very sweet to do these videos. I am a new subscriber and loving your videos. A big hello from Chicago 🙂


Aug 8, 2019, 10:50 pm Reply

Sorry, but I saw more of your face than the flat?

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