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Expat in Germany: German Solutions for the Heavy Snowfall in Germany

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

German Solutions for the Heavy Snowfall in Germany

The recent heavy snowfall in Germany has required Germans to get creative and from I've observed there is a good reason that Germany is often refered to as the "land of thinkers (and poets)."
An umbrella to keep you dry in a heavy snowfall in Germany
Use An Umbrella to Protect from the Heavy Snowfall
The snowfall in Germany has been a wet heavy snow and I've seen quite a few people using umbrellas.  It's not a bad idea, and it would definitely help you stay dry, but being from Canada where we have a lot of snow and don't use umbrellas except for when it's raining, I can't help but chuckle every time I see it.
Winter tires definitely make for a safer drive on winter roads
 Winter Tires Are Required By Law
This may seem logical and I'm sure helps prevent many accidents, but you may be surprised to learn that winter tires are not required in Canada where there is normally much more snow than in Germany.  My German friends shake their head in disbelief when I tell them this.
There's no need to buy a snow brush, just use a regular broom!
 Brooms Serve a New Purpose During the Heavy Snowfall in Germany
Most Germans have a tiny little scraper (by Canadian standards) for scraping ice off of their cars, which obviously won't work during a heavy snowfall.   I've seen several Germans get around this problem by literally sweeping the snow off their cars with a household broom.  It does the trick, but is funny to watch!

It seems the Germans have adapted quite well to the heavy snowfall in Germany!  How do you adapt to a heavy snowfall?  Share your tips below.

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Umbrella photo courtesy of:  Cheech Exetar

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4 Comments:

At December 28, 2010 at 6:33 AM , Anonymous inka said...

No snow where I am darling and I won't go NEAR the wet white stuff.I do love your first picture, it's like a painting.

 
At December 28, 2010 at 8:59 AM , Anonymous Jade said...

holy crap- that is a ton of snow!! I love the broom idea- hey, if it works, why change?!!
We don't live where we get any snow- and actually love when we travel and are snowed in some (only because it never really happens to us) it seems fun. Your tips seem pretty great though!

 
At December 28, 2010 at 11:08 PM , OpenID eatlaughloveanon said...

The snow pictures are beautiful! In reality it's probably a real pain but from over here in Asia, I'm jealous. I'm hoping we will be somewhere snowy the Christmas after next.

 
At December 29, 2010 at 4:35 AM , Blogger Expat in Germany said...

@inka - LOL! It's not so bad :)
@Jade - I like snow, expect when it gets in the way of travel, but I can see how it would be exciting if you didn't see it that often.Living in Canada, I saw it a LOT!
@eatlaughloveanon - I hear ya, I missed the snow when I lived in Thailand, but now I'm ready for some heat :)

 

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