Today we journey into the bathroom, which is the door on the right, with the vents on the top and bottom.

The good thing about German bathrooms, is that they tend to be larger than their American counterparts. If I compare our bathroom now to the one I had in my one bedroom apartment in Chicago, it is easily double the size.

The bad part is that, like almost all rooms in German apartments, they come completely unfurnished. All that’s there was a shower, toilet, and sink with exposed plumbing.

So we had to purchase our bathroom furniture on our own. You can see we bought this 3-piece set, which ended up being pretty decent. They hold all of our stuff, which is good since Marco and I really don’t like when the shelf below the mirror is full of toiletries. Unfortunately, we ended up with white because buying the furniture in any other color cost at least double what white cost. Oh well…

Also, the connection for the washing machine is in our bathroom. I know this sounds weird to many Americans, but in German apartments, it is common to see washing machines in people’s bathrooms or kitchens. Marco had the washing machine in his old apartment in the kitchen, but this meant losing a lower cabinet. So if you have the space, I definitely think it makes a lot more sense in the bathroom.

Our shower is pretty typical American style, with a shower/tub and shower curtain. Unlike most American showers, however, this does have a removable shower head. So you can keep it mounted on the wall, like in the picture, or you can hold it in your hand. Since I am used to shower heads that are fixed on the wall, I never touch it and just leave it like you see in the picture. Marco, on the other hand, told me he never puts it on the wall, but rather showers the entire time with it in his hand. To each his own.