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Sunday Shops

Today we will talk about why shops are closed on Sundays in Germany and in some cantons of Switzerland. First of all, it is not a whim of the business owners and employees, but the law. In Austria, there is also a similar practice, but there is no complete ban on trading on Sundays, but only limited working hours. Similar laws exist in many developed countries of the world, but only in Germany and in places in Switzerland everything is so severe.

There are several reasons why you do not buy this weekend, the main of which is the protection of the rights of the worker. Everyone wants to relax on this day.

But the original reason for such protection was religion. People in these regions are quite conservative. The tradition to rest and go to church on Sundays among the Germans is still honored. Shops do not just do not work. The Germans themselves do not work that day, but visit each other, walk along the street, sleep for a long time, drink a lot of beer and eat a lot of meat, BUT (!) They don’t make a noise. The peace and quiet of others is something that is greatly respected on this day. Do not listen too loudly to music, make noise on the street or start a repair. Of course, no one will punish you for disturbing public order … although not, the probability of a fine for a very, very large amount for violating silence and peace does exist.

Laws vary from land to land in Germany and from canton to canton in Switzerland. Somewhere it is allowed to work 8 Sundays a year, about 4, somewhere, like in Austria, the hours of work are simply limited. On the Internet, you can separately find information on the region that interests you.
What to do?

Naturally, there are many exceptions: this day firefighters, hospitals, theaters, exhibitions, media, sports arenas and everything else that is required for a good rest and without which life is impossible, work.

If you want to eat, you can find yourself a Spätie (stall). There you can buy chips, chocolate and beer, but you will not find even a pack of pasta or milk there. By law, gas stations operate on this day, where the choice is already wider and prices are higher. Also required to work shops at stations, subway stations and airports. There, you can already find yourself a full-fledged grocery, but, skimping once at incredibly inflated prices, you will continue to think of purchases in advance. If you get up early, you will have time to run into the bakery, they are allowed to work several hours in the morning. Pastry shops and restaurants have the full right to work on these days, and if they seem too expensive for you, then street food stalls are available to you 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.


Perhaps, if you have been to Germany, you have noticed that it is not often to pay with a credit card, not because there is no terminal, but because some kind of EC card is required of you. Today we will talk about what this EC card is, where to get it and why your card does not fit.

As for clothes, if the need arises, you can go to the Turkish areas and buy at the market whatever you want at a good price.

It is also worth noting that it is not always easy to find a pharmacy. There have been cases when foreigners who were not covered by a medical emergency call had to endure until Monday to buy medicines at the pharmacy.

Hopefully this information will help you prepare for cultural differences.

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