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Allotments in Germany


By anujag


We travelled by train to a few other places from Berlin. The first thing I noticed were the allotments just outside towns and cities. They look very different from the ones in UK. They appeared smaller, had well defined borders – fences or hedges, had more than just a garden shed, ie, many had small summer houses, pergolas, BBQs, trampolins, and lots of flowers.

I took some photos from the train and they are not all that good. I missed the best ones, but will give you an idea.

I wondered if allotments were used differently in Germany. More as a garden away from home. I returned and researched a bit on the net and it turns out that there was a time when allotments were used mainly to grow vegetables. Now it is used just as I thought, as a relaxing outdoor place and garden for parents and play area for children.

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How interesting, a bit like us Brits with beach huts - home from home with benefits!

14 Aug, 2013


Rather like the ones I have seen near Stockholm. As they are not used in the winter, they become like a second home in the summer

14 Aug, 2013


anujag yes when i drve in germany i noticed these it took a few times and questions to find out they were allotments the people are more relaxed over there and not so riged in work commitment that is they make more liesure from the time they are not working i was delivering tree trunks to some where in germany in the mountains and i saw families out walking and i thought that must be relaxing

15 Aug, 2013


Yes, it so interesting. I read that there are about 1.4 million allotment gardens all over Germany.

15 Aug, 2013


Hi Anujag. Take a look at my blogs...I have one of those allotments.

15 Aug, 2013


Hi Rogi, that is wonderful. I went through some of your blogposts, when you say 'bungalow' do you mean the one in the allotment? The photos are good. I specially liked the one of a lamp in the dark! Lovely!
I gather from your writing that the Germans have really tidy gardens and allotments, removing every little weed, etc. Funnily enough I felt looking at the countryside that the fields look much more tidy and organised in UK whereas in Germany there were more wild meadow patches between cultivated areas. I even commented that perhaps the wild bees are happier in Germany. What do you think?

15 Aug, 2013

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