Paying To Use The Toilet?

Recently my husband and I took a fabulous vacation trip with a tour company that took us from Frankfurt, Germany to Strassberg, France to Lucerne Switzerland, and then back to Nuremberg Germany. This vacation was probably our best trip ever, and we loved the fact that we didn’t have to worry about driving. Our tour director told us all kinds of facts while we were getting to our destinations.

When we landed in Germany, we got our luggage and then boarded our motor coach. We had flown all night and been on a plane for over eight hours. We had a three hour bus trip ahead of us to get to Strassburg, France, and none of us wanted to miss that beautiful city because they still had their Christmas Markets open.

After being on the bus for about two hours, we stopped at a very nice gas station with a restaurant-rest area. The first thing our tour director did was hand out euros for us to use in the restroom. Most of us hadn’t spent any money yet and only had larger euros not the change. You see in Europe, most places charge you to use their restrooms.

Yeah, it was a shocker to me as well, but I must admit the restrooms were clean. You didn’t just have a stall. You had a mini closet with a door from top to bottom. You also had a restroom attendant and some restrooms even had showers.  It cost you a 1.50 Euro and you received a .50 coupon to spend in the store.

Now in the men’s room, my husband came out laughing and told me, they had the imprint of a spider in the bottom of the urinal for you to aim for. He also said they had everything in the restroom that a man could need. You see they not only had the usual condom dispenser, oh no, they had a dispenser that had a vibrator and a portable female part (you get my drift).

When we stopped in Straussberg their restroom was by far my favorite, and I don’t know why we don’t have one like this in the United States. After you were finished, a white plastic, machine arm (no, not a human arm) came out of the wall, and the toilet seat turned in a complete circle.  While it was turning, this mechanical arm was cleaning the seat for the next person.  Oh, my God! How nice is that. A perfectly clean seat when you left the stall.

This was our first trip to Europe, and there were so many things that were different, which was neither good nor bad. It was just different.  One of the things I love about travel is seeing how other people live.  So tell me what are your bathroom experiences in other countries? In the US? Good? Bad?


  1. Lol! I guess that’s why they charge to use the restrooms, so you can have all those extras when using them. Specially liked the men’s room with the spider!

  2. OMG! I can’t believe that! lol. I wouldn’t know what I would do. Part of me thinks I would get mad to pay to pee but then I do like a clean bathroom!

  3. Hi Debbie,
    You know after you saw the restrooms, you kind of liked the way they were clean, there was an attendant and they were private. You were in a closet, not a stall. When we were in Lucerne, I went into a department store and used their bathroom and they didn’t charge, but it wasn’t near as nice either. Yes, my husband was laughing about the spider and the all the goodies in the men’s rooms.

  4. Kim,
    The bathrooms were clean. About thirty years ago, they tried to charge for restrooms at DFW Airport. People crawled under the stall doors to avoid paying. So it didn’t work. But there was no crawling under these doors. You were going to pay to use a toilet.

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