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100 Interesting Facts About Germany

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IMG_5152There is just so much to learn about Germany, it’s impossible to learn it all! So instead, here are some interesting facts about Germany you might not have known!

1. Germans are the second biggest beer consumers in the world after the Czechs!

2. Therefore, I need to mention that in Bavaria, beer is considered food.

3. The youngest billionaire in Germany is the German Prince Albert II von Thurn und Taxis right here in Regensburg!

4. At the moment, Germany is Europe’s strongest economy

5. There are 1,300 breweries in Germany with over 5,000 different variations of beer.

6. During WWI, Germany was the first country to start using Daylight Savings

7. Apparently, Germany was one of the last countries to ban smoking indoors in restaurants and the workplace because government officials were afraid to imitate Nazi officials who looked down upon smoking.

8. There is over 300 different kinds of bread

9. The Wittelbachs ruled Bavaria for 738 years

10. 65% of the Autobahn doesn’t have a speed limit Autobahn - California Globetrotter

11. The world’s first Green party was established in Germany in 1979-1980.

12. Oktoberfest is NOT in October. Its actually the last two weeks of September.

13. The first Oktoberfest was actually a wedding celebration for Prince Ludwig of Bavaria in 1810.

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14. The Cologne Cathedral took 700 years to build and can hold 40,000 people

15. The first book to ever be printed was the Bible by Johannes Gutenberg in the 1450s and you can see it in Mainz, Germany

16. The longest word published in the German language is Donaudampfschifffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswerkbauunterbeamtengesellschaft (79 letters) which translates to something like “Danube steamboat shipping electricity main engine facility building sub clerk association” IMG_5698

17. In case you didn’t know, the Berlin Wall fell in 1989

18. The last Olympic games to be held in Germany was in Munich 1972 where the Israeli team was held hostage and then killed by terrorists

19. When JFK visited Berlin, he famously stated “Ich bin ein Berliner” which also translates to “I am a jelly donut” even though that’s not what was interpreted. Berliners knew he meant he was one of them.

20. Germans are the third most efficient country in the world to recycle after Switzerland and Austria

21. Germany has had multiple capitals – Aachen 794, Regensburg (seat of the Immerwaehrender Reichstag) from 1663-1803, Frankfurt-am-Main (site of the election & coronation of German emperors) 1152-1792, Nuremberg (seat of the Imperial Diet) 1536-1543, Berlin from 1871-1945 and again from 1990 to present and Bonn from 1949-1990.

22. The world’s tallest cathedral is in Ulm at 530 feet tall

23.The world’s largest fresco is at the Wurzburg Residence painted by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

24. Holocaust denial is a crime in Germany

25. The tradition of the Christmas tree came from Germany

26. The world’s two largest cuckoo clocks are in the in Schonach in the Black Forest

27. After Japan, Germany is the second largest exporter of cars in the world

28. German is spoken by over 100 million people worldwide

29. There are over 60 beer gardens just in Munich! IMG_5566

30. Germany has more zoos than any other country in the world at 400.

31. Germany borders 9 countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Switzerland, Denmark, Luxemburg, Holland and Poland

32. In the 4th grade, German kids are placed into Hauptschule, Realschule or Gymnasium, which determines if you will go to university or straight to the work force. Gymnasium is the highest level which leads to university.

33. The cuckoo clock was invented in the 17th century

34. The founders of Adidias and Puma are brothers

35. The Deutscher Fußball-Bund was found in 1900 in Leipzig

36. The most successful football team is Bayern Munich

37. Germany has more soccer clubs than anywhere else in the world

38. Angela Merkel, Germany’s Chancellor, has a Barbie doll modeled after her

39. The word Rindfleischetikettierungsueberwachungsaufgabenuebertragungsgesetz (law delegating beef label monitoring) was removed from the German language in 2014

40. Germany was once a cluster of small kingdoms, duchies and principalities which were unified as the kingdom of Prussia in 1871 which later became the Weimer Republic, then the Third Reich and in 1949 the nation divided into the Soviet-supported East Germany (German Democratic Republic) and the democratic West Germany (Federal Republic of Germany). On October 3rd 1990, East and West were reunited, finally forming the country of Germany we know today

41. Germany is the 5th largest country in Europe  after Ukraine, France, Sweden and Spain

42. Angela Merkel was ranked as the world’s second most powerful person

43. Many apartments come without a kitchen and you must buy and install a kitchen which fits, that can be taken apart and taken with you when you move

44. On the border between Germany and Austria, there is a town called Fucking (pronounced Fooking)

45. The world’s oldest monastery brewery is the Weltenburg Abbey founded in 1040 not far from Regensburg A Boat Cruise Down the Danube to Weltenburg Abbey - California Globetrotter

46. There are more than 150 castles in Germany

47. Most Taxis and Buses  are Mercedes

48. Europe’s largest train station is in Berlin

49. Aspirin was officially created in 1899 in Germany

50. X-rays were discovered in 1895 by Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen

51. More than a quarter of Americans claim German ancestry

52. Germany has more then 2.5 million half-timbered houses The Medieval Wine Town of Esslingen am Neckar - California Globetrotter

53. There are about 60 dialects of the German language

54. Berlin is nine times larger than Paris

55. The capital of Bavaria has moved several times: Nuremburg, Augsburg, Regensburg, Passau, Wurzburg, Bamberg

56. King Ludwig II is said to have lost his senses and was found in Starnbergersee with his doctor, drowned.

57. Supposedly, Germany has fake bus stops for people who escape from nursing homes  who suffer from Alzheimer’s because they tend to wander to the nearest bus stop so they can go home. When nurses find them, they let them know the bus will be late and have them sit inside. Soon the incident is forgotten

58. The bride is often “kidnapped” by friends before the wedding and the groom must hunt for her as she is taken to different taverns and the groom must buy drinks for his friends.

59. In 1516, a German Beer Purity Law  (Reinheitsgebot) was passed which only allowed water, hops and barley in the beer. Later, with the discovery of yeast, it was incorporated into the law. Beer - You Might Live in Germany If.... - California Globetrotter

60. Germany is nicknamed the “Land of Poets & Thinkers”

61. In a pub, you order another beer with your thumb, not your index finger.

62. The world’s first airline was founded on in 1909, in Frankfurt. It is called DELAG, expanding as Deutsche Luftschiffahrts-Aktiengesellschaft which translates to German Airship Transport Corporation

63. Lufthansa is the largest airline in the world.

64. German is the official language in 5 countries: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein

65. Germany has the largest population in Europe with 81 million people

66. There is no punishment for someone who escapes from jail because it is a basic human instinct to be free

67. It is illegal to run out of fuel in on the Autobahn

68. Hamburgers got its name from the city of Hamburg, Germany

69. Germany abolished college tuition fees in 2014, even for international students

70. An average of 15 bombs, or 5,500 bombs per year are found in Germany left over from WWII.

71. Fanta originated in Germany during WWII since it was difficult to import Coca-Cola.

72. Chinese Checkers was invented in Germany in 1892 and was called “Stern-Halma”

73. Dachau Concentration Camp opened in 1933, 7 years before WWII officially started

74. There are over 1,000 types of sausages

75. The world’s largest walking four-legged robot comes from Furth im Wald called Drachenstich Furth im Wald's Drachenstich Festspiele, Bavaria, Germany - California Globetrotter

76. Germans consumed more pork than any other meat

77. The highest mountain in Germany is the Zugspitze at roughly 10,000 feet

78. Bavaria was the first region in Europe to be precisely measured

79. The Grimm Brothers didn’t intend their stories to be for children, rather a scholarly project intended to identify the true spirit of the Germanic people

80. Only 71 percent of German men stand to take a pee.  They’re known as Stehpinkler (standing pee-ers).  The other 29 percent prefer to sit (the Sitzpinkler).

81. The coffee filter was created in Germany in 1908

82. Hugo Boss designed the Nazi uniforms

83. The word “Germany” dates back Julius Caesar, who dubbed the lands east of the Rhine River “Germania”.

84. Germany’s most popular snack is the Doner Kebab brought over by Turkish immigrants and was created in Berlin

85. The autobahn is a network of 8,026 miles making it the longest in the world and the most dense

86. Hitler did not come up with the idea of the Autobahn, he just enthusiastically supported the idea

87. Germany is the 8th largest producer of wine

88. Germany has one of the world’s lowest birth rates

89. Gummi Bears were invited in Germany

90. Germany is called the “Fatherland”

91. The trend of wearing Lederhosen and Dirndls to Oktoberfest has always been a must. However, in smaller regions, it is becoming a “rebirth of culture” with younger generations.

92. King Ludwig II only slept 11 days at the Neuschwanstein Castle

93. The Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland was inspired by the Neuschwanstein Castle

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94. During WWI, Hitler’s life was spared by a British solider… wonder what life would have been like if he had died on the battlefield..

95. Hitler never visited a single concentration camp

96. 1.8 million gallons of beer is drunk at Oktoberfest

97. Munich is the most expensive city in Germany to live in

98. Oktoberfest has been canceled 24 times

99. A fine for stealing an Oktoberfest glass is $60.00

100. Many people pass out from drinking too much beer at Oktoberfest and are called “Bierleichen” or beer corpses.

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Author: California Globetrotter

At 14 I started traveling the world with my parents and was hooked! By 21 I was studying abroad in Heidelberg, Germany. By 26 I sold all of my belongings and bought a one way ticket to Germany to teach English. Little did I know, I'd meet the love of my life and end up traveling to the most romantic and idyllic towns in Europe and becoming a long-term expat in Bavaria! My name is Lorelei and I'm just your typical CaliGirl, Sunset Chaser, Fairytale Dreamer, Dress Lover, Traveloholic, Beer Drinker!

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