DEUTSCHLAND (Germany) also officially known as the federal republik of Germany, the Central European Country is bordered by 9 countries (Austria, France, Switzerland, Denmark, Belgium, Luxemburg, The Netherlands, Czech Republic, and Poland). Germany is made up of the North German Plain, the Central German Uplands (Mittelgebirge), and the Southern German Highlands. Deutschland is the most populated country in Europe with over 81 million inhabitants. It has a lot to offer for tourists, most visited city is Berlin.
Interesting Facts About Germany – History Facts
Before it was the republik of Germany, this country was the “Weimar Republik”
During the Second Reich (1871-1918) Germany’s land area was over 50% larger and included most of present-days Poland and some parts of Lithuania
German is spoken in Germany and is also an official language of 4 other countries: Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein. It is also spoken in Northern Italy and the French provinces of Alsace and Lorraine.
This language has around 35 dialects and is spoken by more than 100 million people worldwide.
Germany was one of the founding members of the European Communities in 1957, which became the European Union in the year 1993. It is also a part of the Schengen Area, and became a co-founder of the Eurozone in 1999.
Berlin is the Capital and largest City with a total population of 3.5 million. (source)
Germany is European largest Economy. A huge Exporter of goods, major exports include: Cars (obviously), Vehicle Parts, Packaged medicaments (source)
The Berlin Wall fell in 1989, this wall seperated East and West Germany. East and West Germany still look different from space because of the different types of streetlamps used.
More Germans were killed by the Russians in the Battle of Stalingrad than during the entire WWII by America.
The first country to adopt Daylight Saving Time (DST) in 1916 was Germany.
The country is composed of 16 states. The states have their own constitution and are largely autonomous in regard to their internal organization. With Bavaria being the largest state.
Interesting Facts About Germany For Travellers – Things To Do And See
While it is called Oktoberfest, it actually starts in the middle of Steptember. The first Oktoberfest was a wedding celebration for Prince Ludwig of Bavaria.
Germany has over 1300 breweries and these can produce over 5000 varieties of beer. In many of these breweries it is possible to visit.
There are over 150 castles in Germany. Heidelberg Castle is one of Europe’s most famous landmarks, the romantic ruins have been attracting visitors since the 19th century.
The world’s tallest cathedral is in Ulm, it is over 161m tall.
With over 5000 Museums it has the most in the world, almost every normal sized Town has one Museum.
In Berlin there is a even a bread Museum.
The Cologne Cathedral is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and worth to pay a visit. It took over 632 years to build this Cathedral.
In the Würzburg Residence you can find the largest celling fresco in the world which is 677m² in size (source)
Fun Facts About Germany – German Culture
Germany is the second largest beer consuming country after Ireland.
Germany is the only country that has Highways (Autobahn) without speedlimit (almost 70% of the “Autobahn” have no speedlimit)
The (Tannebaum) Christmas tree tradition comes from Germany.
Beer is officially considered as food in Bavaria and in most workplaces it is allowed to drink 1 beer.
Performing the Nazi salute in Germany is a criminal offence and can be punished by up to 3 years in prison.
Around 60% of YouTube’s 1,000 most popular videos are blocked in Germany
In the 2014 World Cup in Brazil when Germany won, it was the first time as a united country. The 3 previous times, the soccer World Cup was won by West Germany. Football is the most popular sport in Germany.
Germany and Japan have the lowest birth rate of all countries in the world.
It is Illegal to get caught cycling whilst under the influence of an alcohol level of 1.6
percent per mile or more, it can get you in big trouble. (Thanks to Andreas for correcting)
it is illegal and forbidden to sing the first verse of the German national anthem. The verse begins with, “Germany, Germany above everything.” was made the national anthem by the Nazis.
There’s no punishment for a prisoner who tries to escape from jail in Germany, because that is a basic human instinct seeking to be free.
Albert Einstein, the most recognized scientist in the world, was a German and born in Ulm. Other famous Germans are: Levi Strauss, Til Schweiger,
The famous sports brand Adidas was founded by the Bavarian, Adolf “Adi” Dassler and His other brother, Rudolf Dassler founded a similiar brand “Puma”.