Fun Facts About Germany and German Traditions!

Fun Facts About Germany and German Traditions!

While we know that Germany produces some of the best beer in the world and is famous for its traditional and flavorful foods – like schnitzel, bratwurst, sauerbraten and more, there are many other interesting facts about this historical country and its people!

Here are some interesting facts about this historic central European nation:

  • There are over 150 castles in Germany.
  • There are over 35 dialects of the German language.
  • Germans are the second largest beer consumers in the world, surprisingly – Czechoslovakia is first!
  • College is free for everyone in Germany (even if you are not a German citizen).
  • The cuckoo clock was invented in Germany in the 17th century.
  • Most taxis in Germany are Mercedes.
  • Oktoberfest actually begins in September and usually ends by the first week in October.
  • In German the word, bierleichen translates to “beer corpse” which is the name given to people who are severely intoxicated or have passed out from drinking.
  • The current Chancellor of Germany – Angela Merkel has a Barbie doll made after her.
  • The tradition of a Christmas tree (Tannenbaum) originated in Germany.
  • The so called “German tradition” of hanging a pickle ornament on your Christmas tree is a myth.
  • Germany produced a wealth of famous composers including Beethoven, Schumann, Bach, Wagner, Strauss, Mendelssohn, and Handel.
  • In 1990 East and West Germany united to become one unified country.
  • 65% of the Autobahn (highway) has no speed limit.
  • Germany was the first country in the world to adopt day light savings time.
  • There are 1,300 beer breweries in Germany, making over 5,000 kinds of beer.
  • Germany has the most zoos (over 400) than any other country in the world.
  • In Bavaria, beer is officially considered as a food.

We hope you enjoyed these fun and interesting facts about Germany. To experience the best of German food and drink – stop into Bierhaus in Patchogue today!