According to § 2 of the German Civil Code (BGB), majority begins at the age of eighteen. Before that, minors are under parental custody (§ 1626 and § 1773 of the BGB).

- Source: Gabler Wirtschaftslexikon

Low age constitutes one of the permissible criteria of denial when entering a recreational facility (for instance a nightclub). The German law on the Protection of Young Persons stipulates that young people under 16 years are not allowed to enter nightclubs. Youngsters between 16 and 18 years of age can stay in the clubs until midnight. Other rules can emerge according to the location and the type of the event. If a person is denied entry to a nightclub, according to the Protection of Young Persons Act, because s/he is not admitted to such an event, it is not to be considered discrimination on grounds of age. On the contrary, the nightclub acts according to the statutory provisions.

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