15 German Facts You Need to Know Before Visiting!
Germany is a hugely holiday destination, located ideally in the centre of Europe. Find out more about this exciting and interesting European country right here!
Germany boasts a huge population; in fact it has the biggest population in the European Union! With over 80million people living in the country, it is no wonder that it is one of the heavyweights of the EU.
Despite having the largest European population, it is actually in decline, with the birth-rate one of the lowest in the world. Only Japan beats it in terms of fewest births per 1000 people. In fact, in the last 10 years, the population has decreased by 2 million!
3. The Size
Although the biggest European country in terms of population size, Germany doesn’t even come in the top 5 of largest European countries by area, coming in at number 7 on the list. At over 350,000sq.km in size though, it can still hardly be called small!
Germany also has the largest economy in Europe, and is particularly well known for its engineering, car manufacturing and banking, not to mention its natural resources such as copper and nickel. Some of its most well-known international companies include BMW, Adidas, Porsche, Nivea and Siemens.
Berlin has been the capital of Germany since 1871, and has seen its fair share of conflict and troubled times, and is still probably best known for the Berlin Wall which divided East and West Germany until it was pulled down in 1989. Nowadays it is a bustling and lively city to visit, which is hardly surprising considering it is the biggest city in the country with around 3.4 million residents, and is 9 times bigger than Paris!
Thanks to its location in central Europe, Germany shares borders with an impressive 9 different countries. These are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland and Switzerland. The only other country in the EU that can boast more shared borders is Russia.
Fanta is one of the most popular fizzy drinks on the market today, and since it is under the Coca Cola umbrella, it would be easy to assume that it hails from US. However, did you know that it actually originally comes from Germany. During WW2 there were difficulties in importing the Coca Cola syrup, so Fanta was invented as an alternative.
Germans love their football, and you can hardly blame them when you consider their highly successful Bundesliga and world cup winning national football team. The national side have won the World Cup an impressive 4 times, most recently at the last World Cup, and are joint 2nd with Italy in terms of how many titles they have won.
9. Radioactive Boars
Even though it is a green country that avidly recycles and receives one third of its energy from renewable sources, radioactive boars still roam parts of the country. This is thanks to effects from the Chernobyl disaster of the 1980s.
10. National Parks
Germany is a really lovely place to visit, especially if you like nature. The country boasts many national parks throughout the land, including the Bavarian Forest National Park, Harz national Park, Jasmund National Park and the Wadden Sea National Park among others.
Although perhaps lesser known these days for its contributions to the modern music world, Germany is still famed worldwide for its classical composers that continue to bring enjoyment to listeners. Beethoven, Bach and Wagner are just a few of the big names in classical music that hail from Germany.
The Germans are also a nifty lot when it comes to inventions, with many things we use, need and love today having been thought up there. Some of the most notable German inventions include insulin, the light bulb, the clarinet, the Walkman and LED screens.
It would be impossible to write an article about Germany and not mention this incredibly famous beer festival that is held annually in Munich. Running over 16days from mid September until early October, 6 million people attend this celebration of beer and German folk culture every year.
14. German Beer
This leads us neatly onto beer, which is another thing that Germany is known and praised for. Over half of German breweries are found in Bavaria, the traditional home of German beer. Ranking third in terms of beer consumption behind Czech Republic and Austria, make sure to enjoy a cold one there when you visit!
Germany has offered the world many culinary creations including hamburgers, German sausage and Haribo, but sauerbraten is in fact its national dish. It is basically a pot roast (traditionally made from horse) which is then marinated in wine, vinegar, spices and herbs for up to 10days.