It's hard to say what the weather is like in Berlin every day. You can wake up in the bright sunshine, leave your bedroom in the thick fog, and go home in the downpour. Sunlight like Freiburg may be more abundant than anywhere in the country, but there is nowhere to escape in the cold. The biting cold wind, the suffocating breath, the coldness of the icicles in the nostrils, eventually spread to every corner of Germany. Sometimes this is only a day or two, and sometimes this cold feeling seems to never end.
Unlike places like the United States, where you run from a warm home to a preheated car to the next heated destination, life in Europe doesn't allow you to hide in the winter. Waiting for the train will be very cold, and the airy apartment you like in summer will turn into an ice box. The only time you feel warm is when you sweat in the overheated subway car.
The only way to fight back is to wear the right clothes (Kleidung), and the Germans are over-dressed champions. Here's how to spend the winter in Germany.
You know the usual suspects - wearing sweatshirts and robes. But there is one thing you may never know, and that is German. Germans take off their shoes at home, but need something to protect their feet from cold, beautiful wooden floors.
Enter Hausschuhe (slippers). You have definitely seen slippers and socks before, but Haus Schucher is a serious industry. They come in all shapes and sizes and are a must-have for many Germans.
When my German friend came with her own Haus Schueer for the first time, I didn't know what to think. Is my home too cold? (Yes). Should I offer Hausshue guests? (Yes). I went downstairs to a small shop called "1000 Dinge" and bought a felt stand for 8 euros with four Hausscher. finished.
ready to go out
To stay warm outside, you need to start preparing indoors. This means careful stratification.
For clothes that are often worn in winter, the pants should provide adequate protection. But when the weather is cold and dangerous, you need to change the skin. The long trousers work well, but I often choose simple Strumpfhosen (skins) because they are smooth and do not interfere with movement.
Winter doesn't mean you lose your sense of fashion. I wear dresses and skirts all year round. In order to achieve this, from the pop-up market to the chain department store, tights are sold everywhere. You can easily find a variety of tightness: footed and footless, heavy and opaque, and even some heavy insulation.
Photo: Irene Potter warms her kidneys! Photo: Irene Potter
If you really want to meet German standards, don't ignore your abdomen, especially your kidneys. I hope this is a joke, but a group of surprising Germans (mostly older people) believe that to be healthy, the kidneys must be kept warm. This is more strange than "Es zieht!"