Getting Along

A Communal House in Hamburg, One of Many in Germany, Aims for Longevity

A couple walk along the Elbe River. The Elbburg community rejected the nuclear family. Source: DPA
A couple walk along the Elbe River: The Elbburg community rejected the nuclear family.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Germany is known for experiments in different forms of living, from squats, to communal living, to hippy communes. Yet, few have lasted as long as the Elbburg.

  • Facts

    Facts

    • The eight friends bought a house together in 1977 for 250,000 Deutsche Marks.
    • They raised six children together in the house.
    • They signed a legal contract to sell the house once five of them are dead.
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