The Kookiest Laws in Germany
Germany seems like a pretty cool place. But like any other cool place, Germany has its own strange customs and laws. Today we’re going to look at some of the weirdest laws that are in place in the country today. Might be a good idea to take a look if you’re planning a vacation to Germany anytime soon.
Sure, we’ve heard of drunk driving, and it’s pretty common for it to be unlawful. But how about riding a bicycle while drunk? In Germany, if you’re found to have 1.6% blood alcohol level or more while riding a bike, you can end up in major trouble. You can end up having your license revoked, which can take years to get back. So, watch out and avoid that beer before you ride home. Walk or take a cab if you must.
Demonstration Dress Code
While it is not illegal to participate in a strike or a political demonstration in Germany, there is a law that makes it illegal to wear a mask on your face if you go to one. There is a reason for this, as masks can make it harder for police to determine your identity if an arrest is required, but it still seems a bit overboard for many.
No matter how small an office or where it is located, it’s German law that it has a view of the sky. As such, all offices are required to have a window with ventilation. This isn’t exactly how the law is written but it is how it’s interpreted as offices must ensure an employee’s health is not in danger, which is apparently only possible when a window is installed. Neat.
For some strange reason, it is against the law to deny a chimney sweep access to your home if it’s demanded. This law came into effect in the Middle Ages but was also used in during the Third Reich. Hitler expected to ensure the loyalty of chimney sweeps, who could then be used as spies on citizens. The law still exists today, although it’s hardly used.
When you speak with a police officer in Germany, make sure you understand the formal and informal ways of addressing someone. It’s actually illegal to address a policeman in an informal manner, and you can be fined a large amount for doing so. Be polite and show respect if you need to speak with an officer.
Those who are heading to Munich for Oktoberfest would do well to know that all beer that is at the festival is brewed according to the German Purity Law. No other beer is allowed in order to provide the most high-quality beer available to those who are celebrating.
And there you have it. Six strange laws that make Germany the country that it is. Some of these are clearly outdated, while others are taken very seriously by the citizens of Germany. It’s up to you to determine which is which – although the answers are not very difficult.