OK, I Can’t Live in Germany

German law allows shops to be open only from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday. On Sunday, nearly everything is closed except for some restaurants and snack kiosks. [from AP: Up Late? Why not shop]

Also I remember being told (when visiting restaurants near Checkpoint Charlie) that free soft drink refills were “against the law” in Germany. I think we later disproved that, but maybe it’s true. If so, wow, what an unholy nexus of suck.

2 Responses to “OK, I Can’t Live in Germany”

  1. isuadam Says:


  2. mjg Says:

    I believe Schlotzsky’s Deli on Friedrichstrasse was the place we found with free refills – what an oasis.

    Paris was much the same. At least you could get 1l of coke without having to order again.

    UK has Sunday trading laws which prevent big businesses from operating after 6 or so. Supposedly helps corner shops stay in business. Lame-o.

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