35 Fun facts about Germany

35 Fun facts about Germany

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    Germany, the country of beer, sausages, and Oktoberfest is an interesting country no doubt. Here are 35 fun facts about Germany!

    1. Germany is Europe’s largest economy.
    2. 31% of the country has been kept with forests and woodlands, with Hesse having the most.
    3. Germans are the second largest beer consumers in the world, after the Irish (of course).
    4. The most popular German surname (Nachname) is Müller.
    5. Historically, Germany was known as the Holy Roman Empire, the Kingdom of Prussia, and the Weimar Republic.
    6. There are over 300 kinds of bread in Germany. There are also bread museums.
    7. There are 35 dialects of the German language.
    8. Germany is the first country to adopt Daylight Saving Time (DST) in 1916.
    9. German is the official language of 5 countries: Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein. It is also spoken in Northern Italy and the French provinces of Alsace and Lorraine.
    10. While it is called Oktoberfest, it actually starts in September. The first Oktoberfest was a wedding celebration for Prince Ludwig of Bavaria.
    11. 65% of the Autobahn (highway) has no speed limit.
    12. The Cologne Cathedral took 632 years to build.
    13. The first printed book was in German.
    14. German is the third most commonly taught language worldwide.
    15. The Berlin Wall fell in 1989.
    16. The world’s tallest cathedral is in Ulm.
    17. Berlin has the largest train station in Europe.
    18. Holocaust denial is a crime in Germany. Never try to praise or support Adolf Hitler in Germany.
    19. German is spoken by more than 100 million people worldwide.
    20. There are over 150 castles in Germany.
    21. The Christmas tree (Tannenbaum) tradition came from Germany.
    22. Germany has over 400 zoos, the most in the world.
    23. Germany borders 9 countries (Austria, France, Switzerland, Denmark, Belgium, Luxemburg, Holland, Czech Republic, and Poland).
    24. Most taxis in Germany are Mercedes.
    25. In the 4th grade, German kids are placed into Hauptschule, Realschule or Gymnasium, which pretty much determines if you will go to university or straight to the work force (Gymnasium is the highest level).
    26. Albert Einstein, the most recognized scientist in the world, was German and born in Ulm. There is a rumour that Einstein failed his first University Entrance Exam (he didn’t).
    27. Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz created the first motor-driven vehicles
    28. Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press, originally used for printing the Bible.
    29. Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen discovered the X-rays in 1895.
    30. The cuckoo clock is invented in Germany in the 17th century.
    31. Other notable German inventions include: the telephone, diesel engine, aspirin, fluorescent lamp, and the pregnancy test.
    32. There are 102 German Nobel laureates as of 2009.
    33. Famous German composers include Beethoven, Schumann, Bach, Wagner, Strauss, and Handel.
    34. Famous philosophers include Nietzsche, Marx, Kant and Hegel.
    35. There’s more soccer fan clubs in Germany than anywhere else in the world.

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