cultural difference 17: windows

May 2, 2010

I found out that German windows work differently than windows in the US. German windows don’t slide open as American windows do. There are two ways to open our windows: You can twist the handle horizontally to open it fully, as you would a door. Or you can turn the handle upward, and the window tilts so that just the top part of the window is open.

Most windows in Germany aren’t screened, but we have “Rolladen,” shutters that roll down over the outside of the window. You can roll them down all the way or just partway, so that a few holes still let in some light.

What do the windows in your house look like?



  1. Seriously, no screens? What about bugs?

    Screened windows and sliding doors were such a cool novelty when we first moved to the US. No more lizards meandering into the house. 🙂

  2. Well, at least in my part of the country, we don’t have that many bugs. And no lizards either. 😉

    • Well, we do have a screen on our sleeping room window since we love to have the window open at night. And we have a screen at the balcony door for the same reason. The rest of the windows are scree-free.
      And honestly, I would love to live in a country where lizards wander into the houses. I love lizards.

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