In Germany, an informal schedule of quiet hours is observed and considered important by most people. These hours are typically between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. on Monday through Saturday, as well as all day on Sunday. During quiet hours, it's a good idea to avoid loud activities, such as mowing the lawn, listening to loud music, or using hammers.
Public broadcasting fee
In Germany, citizens are required to help finance the country’s public broadcasting (radio and television) stations. This requirement is based on the principle that a contribution must be made by every home, regardless of how many people live there and how many receiver devices are in use. It also applies no matter whether you receive public or private stations. If you move into a new home in Germany, you will need to inform the corresponding authority (Beitragsservice ARD ZDF Deutschlandradio) of your new address.
Garbage sorting / recycling
As you may have already noticed just by walking down the street or around your new neighborhood, there are a variety of containers in Germany that are meant for different types of garbage. The effort to sort garbage represents part of German society's environmental awareness, and it is taken very seriously. The lid of each garbage container typically specifies the correct way to dispose of your refuse. The system isn't all that simple at first, however, and deliberate improper disposal can be met with monetary fines. As such, we recommend asking your neighbors for assistance if you're not sure how to proceed.
Although the tradition of taking turns at cleaning common areas of apartment buildings has its roots in the Swabia region of Germany, Kehrwoche is also observed in many parts of Baden and represents an important part of maintaining good relationships with one's neighbors. It typically involves cleaning your building's steps, hallways, basement areas, and similar spaces according to a certain schedule (every other week, for example, depending on how many neighbors you have). In many buildings, this activity is assigned to an external cleaning service, which is then paid for through the tenants' ancillary costs. If you're not sure about your building's arrangements, simply ask your neighbors.
Right after you move into your new home, don't forget to put your name on your mailbox! Otherwise, letters, packages, and other correspondence may not reach you. No separate registration with the postal service is required.