House Shoes

When I first started living in Germany I wasn’t aware about many house customs. Though there was one that stuck out to me the most: house shoes. As you enter an apartment or house it is typical to take off your shoes at the door. The host will greet you with guest house shoes for you to have or allow you to be in your own socks. However, it is more typical for the host to have guest shoes for you. I asked an older generation if house shoes were also a common custom when they were young and they said yes. I find it very interesting how each country differs in house customs and as I am here in Berlin with more time, then I continue to learn more house customs.