So imagine you’re lying in bed only to be rudely awakened at 6:00am by a loud scraping noise from outside your window. You get out of bed and poke your head around the curtains to see what it is, only to find your neighbour is outside on the pavement with a snow shovel clearing the way for pedestrians only for the short 5 metre section in front of his house. Weirdo!

In Britain, when it snowed, the council are responsible for clearing the snow. So we used to watch the elderly slip and fall and break a hip in front of our house. And out of an act of kindness, we would maybe invite them into our houses and offer them to use our phone to call for an ambulance, while we would then go into the kitchen to make them a nice cup of tea.

ACHTUNG! Don’t think the same rules apply here!

In fact *YOU* are liable if someone slips on the ice in front of your house. Even if you don’t own the house that you live in. You’ll need to check with your landlord.

By German Law, everyone is responsible to keep the pavement in front of their house clear of snow and ice between the hours of 7am and 8pm, which of course means shovelling, salting and gritting the pavement before 7am.

By the way, you’re also responsible for it while you are away on vacation. So if you happen to be on a skiing holiday in the Alps when it snows in front of your house, then you should have better organised something with your neighbour to clear it for you in your absence.

Alternatively you could pay money for the Winterdienst (the snow clearance service) to come and clear it for you instead.

streugutbehaelter-uaszisszraIn recent years, the Nürnberg Stadt has cut back on its spending for Winterdienst, which means that grit is no longer readily available at the end of every street corner as it used to be. So quite often, you will find that you will have to travel a few streets to find a grit box and when you do it’s quite often empty…

You can purchase salt from places like Obi, for example, who also provide a variety of snow shovels at extortionate costs…