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!