Germany is one of our favorite countries to visit in Europe. Not only is it astoundingly beautiful, but it has a long and diverse history dating back to the ancient Romans. There are many things you probably already know about Germany. For instance, it may not surprise you that the oldest brewery in the world is located in Germany. The Weihenstephaner Brewery in Freising, Bavaria, has been in operation since 1040. But did you know that Germans are not the world’s number one consumers of beer? That title is actually held by the Czechs.
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The name “Germany” comes from the Latin Germania, which is the Roman name for the lands north of the Alps, where the Barbarian tribes lived.
Early Germany was a made up of a whole lot of small states ruled by dukes and kings. So in 1871, Otto von Bismarck united all of it into one nation.
Did you know the colors of the German flag originated from the banner colors of the Holy Roman Emperor?
King Heinrich 1, was crowned the first king of Germany, in Quedlinburg in 919 A.D.
Not only is Berlin Germany’s largest city, it is also the country’s current capital.
Germany has been called the “Land of Poets and Thinkers” because so many talented people have come from Germany. It is especially famous for composers like Bach, Brahms, Schumann, Wagner and Beethoven.
Over 100 Germans have been awarded the Nobel Prize including Albert Einstein who was born in Germany.
Did you know Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press in Germany, therefore making Germany home of the first published book, the Gutenberg Bible. Another cool fact is you can view the Gutenberg Bible at the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz.
Also interesting, is the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has a Barbie made after her. Mattel created the doll to celebrate Barbie’s 50th anniversary.
College education in Germany is free for everyone, even people from other countries.
Germans eat bread for breakfast, lunch, as a snack, and for supper. As a result, there are more than 300 kinds of dark and white breads and over 1,200 varieties of rolls and other baked goods in Germany.
There are more football fan clubs in Germany than anywhere else in the world.
Not only does Germany have more cultural activities and places than any other country, but they also have more Zoos than any other country in the world. Furthermore, Berlin’s Zoologischer Garten is the largest zoo in the world!
Germany gave the world the Christmas Tree tradition.
It is also a crime to deny the Holocaust in Germany.
The largest beer and folk festival is Oktoberfest, which, of course, takes place in Munich every year.
Another interesting fact about Germany is there is no punishment for a prisoner who attempts to escape from jail. This is due to the fact that Germans believe it is a basic human instinct to be free.
Did you know that Germany has the most castles of any European country. That is to say there are more than 20,000.
The Cologne Cathedral took 632 years to build. In addition to being the largest Gothic Church in Germany, it also houses what are said to be the 2000 year old remains of the Three Wise Men.
Did you know that the world’s tallest cathedral is in Ulm, Germany, with its spire of 528 feet (161 m).
Berlin Hauptbahnhof, is the biggest train station in Europe.
The German Autobahn is the world’s oldest motorway network. It is also the only one in Europe with no general speed limit, as well as one of the densest and longest systems in the world.
The Germans also gave us Gummi Bears.
Another crazy fact you may not know is the people of Germany consume over 800 million currywursts per year.
Even though Germany is largely populated, One third of the country is still primarily forests and woodlands.
Beer is officially a food in Bavaria.
The world’s narrowest street is in Reutlingen, Germany.
Donaudampfschifffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswerkbauunterbeamtengesellschaft is the longest word to be published. It is 79 letters long.
When John F Kennedy visited Berlin, he infamously said “Ich bin ein Berliner,” which also translates to “I am a jelly donut.” But they appreciated that he tried to use the language, and for that reason they did not laugh.
Certainly there are many more facts to know about Germany, but we do not want to overwhelm you. That being said we hope you have enjoyed the ones we included in our post.
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