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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

German Apartment Tour: Bathroom

Today we journey into the bathroom, which is the door on the right, with the vents on the top and bottom.

The good thing about German bathrooms, is that they tend to be larger than their American counterparts. If I compare our bathroom now to the one I had in my one bedroom apartment in Chicago, it is easily double the size.

The bad part is that, like almost all rooms in German apartments, they come completely unfurnished. All that's there was a shower, toilet, and sink with exposed plumbing.

So we had to purchase our bathroom furniture on our own. You can see we bought this 3-piece set, which ended up being pretty decent. They hold all of our stuff, which is good since Marco and I really don't like when the shelf below the mirror is full of toiletries. Unfortunately, we ended up with white because buying the furniture in any other color cost at least double what white cost. Oh well...

Also, the connection for the washing machine is in our bathroom. I know this sounds weird to many Americans, but in German apartments, it is common to see washing machines in people's bathrooms or kitchens. Marco had the washing machine in his old apartment in the kitchen, but this meant losing a lower cabinet. So if you have the space, I definitely think it makes a lot more sense in the bathroom.

Our shower is pretty typical American style, with a shower/tub and shower curtain. Unlike most American showers, however, this does have a removable shower head. So you can keep it mounted on the wall, like in the picture, or you can hold it in your hand. Since I am used to shower heads that are fixed on the wall, I never touch it and just leave it like you see in the picture. Marco, on the other hand, told me he never puts it on the wall, but rather showers the entire time with it in his hand. To each his own.


  1. We had had a removable shower head installed at our home in the US for almost 20 years and I can't imagine not having one. While I don't have it in my hand the whole time like your husband, it is very convenient for a thorough rinsing of the lower body. You should try it, especially since you have one! /c

  2. Soon after the Wende we were visiting some friends in their home in Thüringen just over the Bavarian border. We had been with them for several days and we felt the need for a shower. Our friend Angelika said, "Oh, you shall have one tonight. Henri needs to build a fire to heat the water." I was astounded. I also thought the on-demand water heaters at the actual sinks were cool, something I have never seen here in the US. /c

  3. Speaking of our former DDR citizens, there was a common expression you may be familiar with after the Wende among DDR residents: "die Qual der Wahl"or "the torture of the choice". Things were truly different in the times of the DDR and you had few if any choices for a lot of products. When I actually did get to take my shower, I was surprised to find about a dozen different Duschgel (shower gel) varieties on the rim of the bathtub. I guess going from nothing to abundance was quite an experience. When they visited us shortly thereafter we took them to a typical, local grocery store and Henri just walked up and down the aisles shaking his head while muttering, "Too much...too much". /c


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