The little wooden (usually) huts & houses you see in the outskirts of German towns & cities as you travel by train are known as Schrebergärten or Kleingärten Weekend garden houses – there’s a good read about them on the trip savvy site.
It’s more developed than an English allotment, it’s a weekend getaway, garden and allotment. There’s an estimated 1 1/2 million of these in Germany, usually spread alongside railway lines and are all leased from the various Garden Associations. They are fairly tightly regulated, with a maximum plot size of 400 sq metres and restrictions on everything from the number that may keep chickens to times that mowing is allowed.
The German Girl in America’s blog also has a page about them.
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