Interesting Facts About Germany

Total Population: 82,800,000
Capital: Berlin
Highest Mountain: Zugspitze – 2962 meters
Land area: 357,168 km2
National Day: 3 October
Government: Federal parliamentary constitutional republic
Currency: Euro
Official language: German
Member of: Nato
Timezone: CET (UTC+1) Summer (DST) – CEST (UTC+2)
Country Number/Prefix: +49
Country Code: DE

Germany, the country of beer, sausages, and Oktoberfest is an interesting country no doubt. Germany is located in western-central Europe and is home to 80.3 million people. Its capital city of Berlin has a population of 3.3 million people. Germany has the largest population of all of the countries in the European Union, and is considered a major political and economical power in Europe. Germany is a developed country and provides tuition-free university education.

Germany Produces More Kinds Of Bread Than Any Other

Germany and bread have been all but synonymous for centuries. In Germany, bread is more than just a food – it is a part of the German culture. Bread makes up a large part of the German cuisine. It is the basis of both the morning and evening meals and its influence stretches into holiday celebrations and festivals. For breakfast, rolls and mini-breads (Brötchen & Kleingebäck) are most common and are accompanied with other German favorites, such as butter, hard-boiled eggs, wurst and cheese.

One Third Of Germany Covered With Forests

Germany ranks among the densely wooded countries in Europe. Around 11,4 million hectares corresponding to one third of the national territory are covered with forests. Forests increased by more than 1 million hectares in Germany over the past five decades. The timber stocks in Germany account for 336 m3 per hectare, with the annual timber increment totalling around 76 million m3.

70% Of The Highways In Germany (Autobahn) Have No Speed Limit

For travel by car, Germany’s Autobahn system is one of the best highway systems in the world. Yes, you can drive fast. Like really fast. “Free Driving for Free Citizens,” a generation of politicians has promised the people. In a society where laws dominate, and sometimes strangle, day-to-day living, you can always take to the open road and floor it. In other European countries, for example, such fun is limited to between 100 and 140 km/h (approx. 62 to 87 mph); on most of Germany’s Autobahns, it’s only your very own speed demon that has the final say.

Germany Is The Fairytale Castle Capital Of The World

Castles are very popular in Germany, but their exact number remains a mystery, as each federal state keeps its own statistics. German castles originate from 9th to 10th Century, the time when the Great Age of Castles began. Castles embrace the necessity of nations to get protection by other nation’s invasions, ran also as residences of olden royal families. These castles are some of the most popular German attractions, drawing visitors from across the globe to their treasure-filled armories and enchanting grounds. Many of Germany’s castles are romantic fantasy places where you can’t help but imagine what it would be like to be a princess and others are impressive military forts that have withstood the test of time tucked away in Germany’s landscapes.

Germany Is The Second Largest Consumer Of Beer In The World

Germany began producing the drink in the Middle Ages, the Weihenstephan brewery at the Benedictine Abbey being the first, with recipes that date back to 1040 – the oldest in the world. The average German drank 114 litres of beer in 2014, which is four times the global average and considerably more than the US and UK average of 77 and 74 litres respectively. For every two litres of beer a British person had last year, a German had three, the research from Euromonitor International shows. Germany is by far the most important beer market in Europe, followed by Great Britain, Spain and Poland.

Germans Answer The Phone With  Name, Or Surname Instead Of Hello

When answering the phone in Germany, state your name (or just your surname) followed by a greeting of Guten Tag. Example: ‘Josef Neumaier, Guten Tag’.

Berlin Has The Largest Train Station In Europe

Berlin’s central train terminal is located on the site of the historic Lehrter Bahnhof, which opened in 1871. The station has since been renovated and rebuilt over the years, with the current structure completed in 2006. Berlin Hauptbahnhof is much more than a train station, it’s a popular tourist attraction in itself. There are six tracks in at the upper level and eight tracks at the lower level. Statistics have shown that 1,800 trains pass through the station daily. For the number of passengers, an estimated 350,000 travelers are using the train station every day.

In Germany, Almost Everything Is Closed On Sundays

If you come from the country where 24/7 shopping is common, you might be surprised to hear that this is not a case in Germany. Shopping hours in Germany may vary depending on the city and region but one thing is same everywhere: stores are closed on Sunday. Shops are generally closed on Sundays. Exceptions are shops offering touristic products, stores at airports and railway stations, and petrol stations.

Albert Einstein, Ludwig Van Beethoven Snd Johann Bach Are All Born In Germany

Soccer Is An Incredibly Popular Sport In Germany

Soccer is one of the most famous sports worldwide. In Germany, no less! Bundesliga, the German league is one of the most successful leagues in Europe. This sport attracts thousands of locals to watch the game every weekend. Every weekend tens of thousands of fans support their favorite football team and cheer for them. Germany has won the FIFA World Cup four times, while FC Bayern Munich has become one of the strongest club sides in the world.

The First Printed Book In The World Was Printed In German

Johann Mentelin (ca. 1410–1478), the first printer outside of Mainz to use movable type, produced a Latin Bible in Strasbourg in 1460.

The German goldsmith’s 15th-century contribution to the technology was revolutionary — enabling the mass production of books and the rapid dissemination of knowledge throughout Europe.

Berlin’s Zoologischer Garten Is The Largest Zoo In The World

The Berlin Zoological Garden – affectionately known as the Zoo – on the south west corner of the Tiergarten is a wonderfully kept urban Zoo with a huge playground, restaurants and coffee shops, providing a whole day’s worth of family entertainment, with more than 1,500 different species and around 17,000 animals the zoo presents the largest collection of species in the world. Berlin’s Zoologischer Garten is the largest zoo in the world – Germany also boasts more than 400 registered zoos. Including zoological gardens, wildlife parks, aquariums, bird parks, animal reserves, or safari parks.

The Tallest Cathedral In The World

Finished in 1890, the Minster is the fourth tallest structure built before 1900 at 161.5 meters, and for a short period of time was the tallest building in the world. The Ulm Minster has 768 stairs that reach a height of 143 meters. Ulm Minster is a Gothic church in Ulm, Germany, as of 2018, it’s still the tallest church in the world, and will remain that for another 8 years, until the Sagrada Familia in Spain surpasses it in 2026.

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