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Old 07.05.2018, 20:27
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Re: Noise rules, fact or fiction?

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Wait, the Swiss go camping? You'll be telling me you saw one with a caravan next.
Nah, that´s us, disguised as Swiss

You know we can´t survive without the caravan....
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Old 07.05.2018, 20:28
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Re: Noise rules, fact or fiction?

A Swiss colleague of mine was laughing off his seat when I told him about the 10 pm no flushing rule. I was surprised he has not heard about this before. He thinks its a myth.

He however told me that sounds.. er-mm noises arising from calls of nature, yes, I am referring to the ones involving a bed or a couch are considered excusable "nature induced noises" and no one can complain about it. This is new to me. How true?
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Old 07.05.2018, 20:41
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A Swiss colleague of mine was laughing off his seat when I told him about the 10 pm no flushing rule. I was surprised he has not heard about this before. He thinks its a myth.

He however told me that sounds.. er-mm noises arising from calls of nature, yes, I am referring to the ones involving a bed or a couch are considered excusable "nature induced noises" and no one can complain about it. This is new to me. How true?
I seem to remember some court precedent about an honest workman who got hassled about regularly having a shower after 22:00. They said it was fine and just the normal noise of living, but don't do it to excess. (So sex in the bath is right out...)

I'm hoping aSwissInTheUS jumps in with the exact reference.
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A Swiss colleague of mine was laughing off his seat when I told him about the 10 pm no flushing rule. I was surprised he has not heard about this before. He thinks its a myth.

He however told me that sounds.. er-mm noises arising from calls of nature, yes, I am referring to the ones involving a bed or a couch are considered excusable "nature induced noises" and no one can complain about it. This is new to me. How true?
flushing after 10 pm is not allowed in our apartment either. we have a bucket on the balcony for emergency cases.

to everyone in the same situation, my advice is:
a. keep in mind that noise rules apply also on the balcony after 10 pm
b. use a bucket with a lid
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A Swiss colleague of mine was laughing off his seat when I told him about the 10 pm no flushing rule. I was surprised he has not heard about this before. He thinks its a myth.
In the TEN page T&Cs for my rental agreement there is a whole section (8 pages) on the topic of noise .... including not flushing the toilet after 2200hrs or before 0600hrs. I honestly thought this was the law. The Swiss guy I was dating thought this was hilarious and every time we went to a dinner party or he introduced me to new people he always told them this story. Cue lots of Swiss people rolling around on the floor in hysterics
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flushing after 10 pm is not allowed in our apartment either. we have a bucket on the balcony for emergency cases.

to everyone in the same situation, my advice is:
a. keep in mind that noise rules apply also on the balcony after 10 pm
b. use a bucket with a lid
Lucky you. In the commune where I live it's forbidden to produce excrements altogether during the night hours.

Luckily we're by the lake so everybody has a rowboat (can't run a motor in the night) and does their business outside of the 300m shore zone.
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Re: Noise rules, fact or fiction?

A few weeks ago, one of the neighbors in the adjacent building were having a party at theirs.
Of course, they informed everyone (as you do with a note at the door) and graciously invited all of us over for a drink if we wanted.

I had other plans, so I didn't go.

At first.

Around 1:00 am, trying to get to bed, the music was loud so I couldn't really sleep.
I went down to the Keller, grabbed a couple of bottles of wine and went over.
Found the host and said "You're not gonna let me sleep, so I might as well join in. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ "

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is also the answer to how you make friends with the Swiss.

Sidenote : I've been probably lucky with quite tolerant and cool neighbors.
On the other hand, living among families (with or without kids) myself, I'm super easy when it comes to noise.
I'm not living in a graveyard. Make noise. It's what we do.
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Good Man. That's the way to approach life
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I'm hoping aSwissInTheUS jumps in with the exact reference.
Deuteronomy 23:12-14
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Re: Noise rules, fact or fiction?

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Deuteronomy 23:12-14
I looked it up. I have now motivation to read the Bible 😂

Found everyone’s stories so good, really practical info. Although it’s an older thread, here’s my story too:

Moved in the smallest place you can imagine in Zurich, amazing view tho, nice and central, low rent, BUT with an annoying neighbour that indeed never ever complained during the day, but as soon as 10PM comes, she complained already 4 times in 6 months for super minor noises like talking inside the home at normal levels with windows closed.

Each time she complains I go into a frantic search online of rules of conduct, laws, consequences, etc. Next step - reading my contract to see wtf is written in there. So far as I know, nothing of the sort.

Thanks everyone for the amazing stories!
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Re: Noise rules, fact or fiction?

Oh not to mention we have some crazy people sometimes moving furniture at 1:30 AM, going up and down with the lift (and that thing is noisy) for about an hour at 2, then going on the corridor, slamming their door repeatedly and then screaming on the top of their lungs as if someone is attacking them, old creepy dudes ringing my doorbell at midnight asking if I’m playing music (I was asleep and very tired, almost got a panic attack from that), and THEN it’s ok nobody moves a muscle on my level. But ofc talking on the terrace at 11:00 in low voice is a big nono. Pft.
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