25 fun (and a bit weird!) facts about Germany
You probably didn't know the following surprising and odd facts about the German culture!
- Beer is officially considered a food in Bavaria.
- There are over 300 kinds of bread in Germany.
- There are also bread museums.
- Hugo Boss designed the official uniforms for the Nazi Party and Hitler Youth.
- Munich is further north than any major US city (excluding Alaska).
- While it is called Oktoberfest, it actually starts in Steptember.
- The first Oktoberfest was a wedding celebration for Prince Ludwig of Bavaria.
- Germany has over 400 zoos, the most in the world.
- With an area of 891 square kilometres, Berlin is nine times bigger than Paris.
- There are over 60 beer gardens in Munich.
- Albert Einstein, the most recognized scientist in the world, was German and born in Ulm. He married his cousin.
- There’s more soccer fan clubs in Germany than anywhere else in the world.
- Nicknames for Bayern Munich include Der FCB, Die Bayern, Die Roten and FC Hollywood.
- German national football team playmaker Mesut Ozil (of Turkish descent) recites verses of the Koran before kick-offs.
- Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen discovered the X-rays in 1895.
- Other notable German inventions include: the telephone, diesel engine, aspirin, fluorescent lamp, and the pregnancy test.
- Holocaust denial is a crime in Germany.
- There are over 1,000 kinds of sausages in Germany.
- Berlin has the largest train station in Europe.
- The longest word published in the German language is Donaudampfschifffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswerkbauunterbeamtengesellschaft (79 letters). Try saying that five times fast.
- German is the third most commonly taught language worldwide.
- Chancellor Angela Merkel has a Barbie doll made after her.
- Germany is Europe’s largest economy.
- German is spoken by more than 100 million people worldwide.
- 65% of the Autobahn (highway) has no speed limit.