Balcony Types in Germany

After many years of aimless wandering and urban observation, I have come to the conclusion that there are two types of balconies in German cities, and finding both in the same building is not even uncommon.

The first balcony type attempts to combine the seaside vacation flair with playful coziness and, pretty much like houseplants, became increasingly popular during the pandemic. The “Faux Mediterranean meets hygge” balcony looks pretty much the same across cities, probably because a visit to a certain Swedish store is all one needs to set it up, so creative DIYers get extra points.

“The Pfandpflaschen repository” type of balcony is a forlorn extension of the apartment, and it functions as additional storage for returnable bottles and assorted scraps waiting to be transported to the recycling. This balcony type is characterized by visible signs of carefree neglect and a pungent eau de cigarette smell.

Now you are up! Are there discernible balcony types where you live? What about yours? Best regards from Balconia.


9 thoughts on “Balcony Types in Germany

  1. We don’t have that many apartments where I live – only in larger cities – but given that, most have a couple of chairs and a few also have potted plants. Using them for recycling storage would be really naff.


  2. Sadly, I’m balconyless. Breanna used to have one but she called it a porch for some reason.

    I’m not really a balcony kind of guy. Mine would likely either get enclosed like where I grew up or forgotten.

    What happens to a balcony deferred?


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