This is a list of German fun facts you might not know about. Some of them might sound unbelievable and weird to outsiders but you must know that this is the truth!
Fun fact no. 1: Best of both worlds
There are over 82 million persons living in Germany, making it one of the most densly populated countries in the world. Even though they are so densly populated, the Germans have succeded to keep 1/3 (31%) of the country covered with forests and woodland. And, as you rarely see buildings on top of the mountains, you have the feeling of being surrounded by green vegetation and wilderness close by, making Germany one of the most beautiful countries in Europe.
Fun fact no. 2: Public transport
The working week in Germany also includes Saturday. So, when you are looking at the schedule for the bus or the train and it is written â€œWerktageâ€, they mean Saturday too, even though most stores close at 1 pm on Saturday. The mail is also delivered on Saturday mornings.
Fun fact no. 3: Luxury cars
Even though they have one of the best public transport systems in the world, a lot of Germans own a car. They love cars. Just think about famous brands such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, and the Autobahn where you can drive with speeds up to 300Km/hour!
Fun fact no. 4: Castles
There are hundreds of castles in Germany. Some are still inhabited by aristocratic families, others have been transformed in hotels and restaurants, some in museums and others are left in ruins. All have a particular charm and are a major tourist attraction.
Fun fact no. 5: Bread diversity
You would have to try out one type of bread per day for about a whole year in order to be able to taste them all! There are over 300 different kinds of bread in Germany.
Fun fact no. 6: Beer heaven
Germans love beer. They rank second in world wide beer consumption per person after Ireland. Bier is considered food in Bayern, where the normal size beer-glass is the Maas is 1 liter. Germany is the cheapest place in Europe to buy beer, but also the most difficult in which to make a choice. There are over 1.500 brands and types of beer in the country.
Fun fact no. 7: Football fan paradise
There are more football fan clubs in Germany than anywhere else in the world.
Fun fact no. 8: The kingdom of dogs
Dogs are kings in Germany! They can go just about everywhere: first class restaurants, trains and buses and even clothing shops and bookstores. But NOT in a Metzgerei (butchers) and rarely in a Konditorei or a Bakerei. They even have their own pools.
Fun fact no. 9: Paprika!
Germans love Paprika, and not just the spice, the vegetable too, but only the red one. And they put Hungarian Paprika in just about everything.
Fun fact no. 10: About toilet paperâ€¦
Toilet paper in Germany has the softness and consistency of paper towels back home. I think that Germans don’t believe in softness for the… butt.
Fun fact no. 11: Oktoberfest!
The biggest Beer Festival in the world is of course the Oktoberfest in Munich, Bavaria, where the size of the beer glass is not 500ml but a whole liter, the Mass!
Bavaria has also the oldest Brewery of Germany still in operation, funded in 1040 by the Benedictine monks in Freising, the Weihenstephan Brewery. It is possibly the oldest still in operation in the world!
As mentioned earlier, there are many types of beer in Germany: from the blond Pils (pilsener) to the very dark DunklesBier and Schwarzbier, all very good and cheap. Even the smallest region usually has its own brewery.
To get ONE beer in Germany, you show your thumb. To show your first finger means that you want 2 beers: one with the thumb, and one with the finger. So, unless you really want 2 beers, be careful what finger you show!
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