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You probably didn't know the following 25 fun, surprising, odd and a bit wierd facts about Germany!

  1. Beer is officially considered a food in Bavaria.
  2. There are over 300 kinds of bread in Germany.
  3. There are also bread museums.
  4. Hugo Boss designed the official uniforms for the Nazi Party and Hitler Youth.
  5. Munich is further north than any major US city (excluding Alaska).
  6. While it is called Oktoberfest, it actually starts in Steptember.
  7. The first Oktoberfest was a wedding celebration for Prince Ludwig of Bavaria.
  8. Germany has over 400 zoos, the most in the world.
  9. With an area of 891 square kilometres, Berlin is nine times bigger than Paris.
  10. There are over 60 beer gardens in Munich.
  11. Albert Einstein, the most recognized scientist in the world, was German and born in Ulm. He married his cousin.
  12. There’s more soccer fan clubs in Germany than anywhere else in the world.
  13. Nicknames for Bayern Munich include Der FCB, Die Bayern, Die Roten and FC Hollywood.
  14. German national football team playmaker Mesut Ozil (of Turkish descent) recites verses of the Koran before kick-offs.
  15. Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen discovered the X-rays in 1895.
  16. Other notable German inventions include: the telephone, diesel engine, aspirin, fluorescent lamp, and the pregnancy test.
  17. Holocaust denial is a crime in Germany.
  18. There are over 1,000 kinds of sausages in Germany.
  19. Berlin has the largest train station in Europe.
  20. The longest word published in the German language is Donaudampfschifffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswerkbauunterbeamtengesellschaft (79 letters). Try saying that five times fast.
  21. German is the third most commonly taught language worldwide.
  22. Chancellor Angela Merkel has a Barbie doll made after her.
  23. Germany is Europe’s largest economy.
  24. German is spoken by more than 100 million people worldwide.
  25. 65% of the Autobahn (highway) has no speed limit.


Fact originally released on Saturday 20th of April 2013.