Residents must obey German quiet hours

Petra Lessoing
Kaiserslautern American

Americans living on the economy must be aware of German quiet hours if
they do not want to get into trouble with their German neighbors or the
German law. The so-called quiet hours determine when people have to
keep noise levels down and stop loud activities outdoors or listening
to loud music.

Excessive noise is prohibited from 1 to 3 p.m.
Sundays and German holidays, and from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. weekdays.
During that time, noise levels have to be kept down as much as possible.

use of motor-powered lawn mowers or other garden equipment is only
permissible from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and is
not permitted Sundays or holidays.

Television sets, stereo
equipment and radios must also be kept at an acceptable volume level.
Even outside the quiet hours, noise must be avoided if it might disturb
other people.

Another noise factor is a running vehicle engine.
Due to noise and environmental reasons, do not keep vehicles running
when parked or warming up in winter.

People violating the quiet hour regulations can be fined.