69 Fun Facts About Germany

by Michelle on February 23, 2011 · 179 comments

Germany, the country of beer, sausages, and Oktoberfest is an interesting country no doubt. With so much going on there (or shall I say here!), it surely calls for an interesting facts post. So here’s not ten, or twenty, but sixty-nine (neunundsechzig!) fun facts about Germany! And if you manage to get through all that, check out my post on German Stereotypes! Enjoy!

  1. Germans are the second largest beer consumers in the world, after the Irish (of course).
  2. Beer is officially considered a food in Bavaria.
  3. Michael Ballack does not like beer.
  4. Germany is Europe’s largest economy.
  5. The most popular German surname (Nachname) is Müller.
  6. Chancellor Angela Merkel has a Barbie doll made after her.
  7. Historically, Germany was known as the Holy Roman Empire, the Kingdom of Prussia, and the Weimar Republic.
  8. 31% of the country has been kept with forests and woodlands, with Hesse having the most.
  9. There are over 300 kinds of bread in Germany.
  10. There are also bread museums.
  11. There are 35 dialects of the German language.
  12. The Wittelsbachs ruled Bavaria for 738 years.
  13. Munich is further north than any major US city (excluding Alaska).
  14. German is the official language of 5 countries: Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein. It is also spoken in Northern Italy and the French provinces of Alsace and Lorraine.
  15. Germany is the first country to adopt Daylight Saving Time (DST) in 1916.
  16. 2% of Germans do not own cell phones.
  17. Gummy bears were invented by a German.
  18. The balcony of the hotel Michael Jackson dangled his son over is in Berlin.
  19. While it is called Oktoberfest, it actually starts in Steptember.
  20. The first Oktoberfest was a wedding celebration for Prince Ludwig of Bavaria.
  21. 65% of the Autobahn (highway) has no speed limit.
  22.  The Cologne Cathedral took 632 years to build. (Bill Bryson in Neither Here Nor There (p. 88) wrote: “It is absolutely immense, over 500 feet long and more than 200 feet wide…It can hold 40,000 people. You can understand why it took 700 years to build – and that was with German workers. In Britain they would still be digging the foundations.”)
  23. The first printed book was in German.
  24. German is the third most commonly taught language worldwide.
  25. When JFK visited Berlin, he infamously said “Ich bin ein Berliner,” which also translates to “I am a jelly donut.”
  26. Hugo Boss designed the official uniforms for the Nazi Party and Hitler Youth. (I did an assignment on this for German class if anyone is interested in reading more about it)
  27. To ask for a beer in a pub, you would use your thumb to indicate “one” rather than your index finger (watch Inglorious Basterds for improper examples of ordering beer)
  28. Til Schweiger, sometimes known as the “German Brad Pitt,” is born one day after Pitt.
  29. The longest word published in the German language is Donaudampfschifffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswerkbauunterbeamtengesellschaft (79 letters). Try saying that five times fast. 
  30. Famous Bavarians include Pope Benedict XVI, Richard Wagner, Richard Straus, Thomas Mann, Levi Strauss, and Rudolf Diesel.
  31. The Berlin Wall fell in 1989 (the year I was born!).
  32. The world’s tallest cathedral is in Ulm.
  33. Berlin has the largest train station in Europe.
  34. Holocaust denial is a crime in Germany.
  35. German is spoken by more than 100 million people worldwide.
  36. There are over 150 castles in Germany.
  37. The Christmas tree (Tannenbaum) tradition came from Germany.
  38. Freiburg is the warmest German city.
  39. There are over 60 beer gardens in Munich.
  40. Germany has over 400 zoos, the most in the world.
  41. There are over 1,000 kinds of sausages in Germany.
  42. Germany borders 9 countries (Austria, France, Switzerland, Denmark, Belgium, Luxemburg, Holland, Czech Republic, and Poland).
  43. Berlin is nine times bigger than Paris.
  44. Most taxis in Germany are Mercedes.
  45. In the 4th grade, German kids are placed into Hauptschule, Realschule or Gymnasium, which pretty much determines if you will go to university or straight to the work force (Gymnasium is the highest level).

 

Why they’re so smart. Inventions and contributions to the world of arts:

  1. Albert Einstein, the most recognized scientist in the world, was German and born in Ulm.
  2. Einstein married his cousin.
  3. There is a rumour that Einstein failed his first University Entrance Exam (he didn’t).
  4. Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz created the first motor-driven vehicles
  5. Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press, originally used for printing the Bible.
  6. Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen discovered the X-rays in 1895.
  7. The cuckoo clock is invented in Germany in the 17th century.
  8. Other notable German inventions include: the telephone, diesel engine, aspirin, fluorescent lamp, and the pregnancy test.
  9. There are 102 German Nobel laureates as of 2009.
  10. Adidas was founded by the Bavarian, Adolf “Adi”Dassler.
  11. His other brother, Rudolf Dassler founded Puma.
  12. Famous German composers include Beethoven, Schumann, Bach, Wagner, Strauss, and Handel.
  13. Famous philosophers include Nietzsche, Marx, Kant and Hegel.
Facts about football:

  1. The Deutscher Fußball-Bund was found in 1900 in Leipzig.
  2. The Bayern Munich is the most successful team in the Bundesliga having won four times (1974, 1975, 1976, 2001)
  3. Nicknames for Bayern Munich include Der FCB, Die Bayern, Die Roten and FC Hollywood.
  4. 10% of Bayern’s shares are owned by Adidas.
  5. Franz Beckenbauer is nicknamed “Der Kaiser”
  6. The DFB won 3 times in 1954, 1974, 1990, and their wins are represented by the three stars on their logo.
  7. Rudi Voller told Michael Ballack to take his number 13.
  8. Ballack’s favourite cologne is “Romance” for men by Calvin Klein (Guys – take note).
  9. Mesut Ozil (of Turkish descent) recites verses of the Koran before kick-offs.
  10. Lukas Podolski paid a 5000 euro fine and admitted to being an “idiot” after slapping Ballack’s face during a qualifying win against Wales when Ballack shouted at him over a misplaced pass.
  11. There’s more soccer fan clubs in Germany than anywhere else in the world.
Disclaimer: my blog is mainly for entertainment purposes, and not an encyclopedia. These fun facts came from information that my friends have told me, that I’ve witnessed, read, or stumbled upon on the internet. Some of these facts may be out of date and therefore, I do not suggest anyone quoting these facts for a research paper, or use in life or death situations. Danke.


{ 179 comments… read them below or add one }

KY February 23, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Hi! I'm so happy that you found my blog and I thanks a million for sharing these neat facts! I've been living here for seven months and didn't know half of them! You sure do a lot of research on the places you will go, thats fabulous!! I look forward to being your newest follower and learning more about you and your adventures!

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alissa culy March 30, 2012 at 2:23 pm

hahah your welcome! those were some good facts.

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cool-cool January 26, 2014 at 4:09 pm

Very cool facts but I want sum more so please write another blog or update your page please to get more viewers.

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Meabh-Jean May 30, 2013 at 7:01 pm

Ich liebe Deutschland so viel, und ich liebe es, dass ich geboren wurde und noch heute hier leben Deutschland ist so viel Spaß und wir haben so viele tolle Dinge, die Sie sprachen über so vielen Dank für weitere Informationen über mein Land.
Jean-Meabh

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Papst November 11, 2013 at 5:39 am

Haha. Please stop using google translater!
And bavaria munich won the bundesliga over 20 times.

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Tony April 22, 2014 at 6:12 pm

SO AWESOME AND INFORMATIONAL!!!!!!!!

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Jenna February 23, 2011 at 1:41 pm

I enjoyed this post… while my boyfriend is South Africa, his Dad is hard core German and so he speaks German and eats German and the whole nine yards… I will have to show this to him! :)

xoxo
Jenna

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bharat sharma October 13, 2013 at 1:47 am

DANKE SCHON !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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x3 October 15, 2013 at 6:30 pm

How can anybody eat german? Does he feed on sausage and beer, or what? XD Actually, I am german, and I have really no idea what could be german food :D

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Kassi @ Truly Lovely February 23, 2011 at 2:18 pm

It's always cool to learn interesting facts about other places! :) Thanks for sharing these!!

I had no idea so many things were invented in Germany!

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Paul December 23, 2012 at 10:53 pm

Vielleicht kennst Sünden Berliner eher als kreppel?

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Kassi @ Truly Lovely February 23, 2011 at 2:19 pm

P.S. I stopped by from Travel Babbles, Around the World Wed.

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Brenna February 23, 2011 at 2:49 pm

ahh! i was never interested in going to germany until i moved to lorraine and realized how amazing germany is. the food is DELICIOUS. the boys are cute. the beer is amazing. oh me gee i m so excited for you.

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alessandra nitti February 23, 2011 at 3:03 pm
Jet-Setting Divas February 23, 2011 at 3:39 pm

found you on the blog hop over at travelbabbles! Hope you will check out our blog too!
-tiffanie
http://jetsettingdivas.blogspot.com

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Ambyr February 23, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Hahaha I love fact #29. And the picture makes this post THAT much more exciting.

http://www.thewrittenrunway.com

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dude guy August 15, 2013 at 12:12 am

My favorite was fact 25.

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TexaGermaNadian February 23, 2011 at 6:11 pm

Hi! Stopped over from the Around the World blog hop! I really love your site, and the facts about Germany. Those never get old. I am living in Germany right now, my husband plays hockey over here. Looking forward to having a better look around your site. Cheers!
http://texagermanadian.blogspot.com/

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Michelle (Confessed Travelholic) February 24, 2011 at 12:26 am

KY – Thanks! I love your blog as well, and can't wait to read more about your adventures in Germany! I'll probably have some questions for you :)

Jenna – That's so cool! I hope he enjoys reading it as much as you did!

Kassi – No prob! And…they were quite the inventors :)

Brenna – "the boys are cute" I think that should be fact #70!

Alessendra – I know! :D

Jet-Setting Divas – Thanks! Your blog looks great as well!

Ambyr – Haha, I think every post I write from now on should begin with a hot shirtless Michael Ballack.

TexaGermaNadian – You're so lucky! Your life seems really cool…can't wait to read more of your blog as well!

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Chrissy February 24, 2011 at 11:05 am

Hi there, I'm coming over from FTLOB and I am so glad I did! Great blog – awesome post! I am from Germany, born and raised there, currently living in Chicago, but definitely going back someday!
You are going there next year? Where and for how long?
Nice to meet you!
Hugs,
Chrissy xxx

http://chrissyinamerica.blogspot.com

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Michelle (Confessed Travelholic) February 24, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Chrissy – Nice meeting you as well! How are you liking Chi-town? I lived there for a year for uni and lived in the theatre district, across the street from the Chicago Theatre. I loved it! Anyway, I sent a message your way! :)

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badtraveler February 24, 2011 at 5:43 pm

Nice post! :D Of course Germany is close to my heart so I enjoyed it very much.

You should make a video of you attempting to say the longest word in German.

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C February 25, 2011 at 1:28 am

Wait…did you say beer? I'm so there. ;-)

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Michelle (Confessed Travelholic) February 25, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Bad Traveler – Haha, I have a hard time pronouncing German words half that length!

C- right on!

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posidanielle February 25, 2011 at 1:25 pm

I loved reading this! I would love to move to a foreign country! How exciting! I can't wait to read more! i hope that you are having a fabulous day! Take care!
P.S. who is the eye candy in the picture? Is that Michael Ballack?

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Jackie D February 25, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Oooh I've been wanting to put a french word of the day on my blog, so I might borrow that widget you have :)

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Michelle (Confessed Travelholic) February 25, 2011 at 9:51 pm

Posidanielle – Thanks! And, yes it is :)

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Evy R. February 26, 2011 at 2:27 am

I really enjoyed your Blog. I will be going to Germany next hockey season. It is nice I have learned so many fun facts :) Hope you are doing well!

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zoja February 26, 2011 at 8:53 am

Oh I like Michael Ballack , is so mmmmmmmmmmm :)

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Alicia. February 26, 2011 at 11:51 pm

Germany seems like such a fascinating place! Also, your blog is one of my favorites and I've given you an award, you can see the the details in my latest post. :)

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Lanita February 27, 2011 at 11:39 am

OK, here are a couple of more things about Germany…from my perspective…

They make they greatest cars in the world.

There is nothing cooler than a Metro car full of Germans singing beer songs during the World Cup in Paris in 1998.

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crazy sexy fun traveler March 2, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Gummy bears, bread and football players :) Yummyyyy

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Hockey Wife March 4, 2011 at 1:48 am

You learn something new every day! We started the hockey season in Germany this year but unfortunately, the team folded just before the regular season started. Thanks for sharing these fun facts, we hope to find our way back to Germany in a few months!

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Anonymous July 25, 2011 at 4:39 am

Donaudampfschifffahrtsgesellschaftskapitänswitwenrentensachbearbeitungszentrahlbüroangestelltengewerkschaftsvorsitzender (118 letters!!!)

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Anonymous July 25, 2011 at 4:52 am

If you see that singns: ä, ö, ü, ß just and your PC can't handle them just write them like: ä=ae, ö=oe, ü=ue and ß=ss – that's what germans would do. The dots over the letters change their pronaunciation in a dramatic way, so to just forgett them does not help… (thei are special for the german language)like 'Haendel' and 'Rudi Voeller'
It's a realy nice side^^ and the facts are correct. I'm studying german in Leipzig and theres somthing I've recognised: They don't like it if you think all things that are typical for baveria are typical for the whole country (some say Baveria is'nt german – the baverian kongdom never wantet to belong to the rest of the others…)

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Anonymous August 4, 2011 at 6:14 pm

The wins you have for Bayern are their Champions League wins. They have won the Bundesliga many more times, the most recent being the 2009-2010 season when they won the domestic double.

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Henry Tenenbaum August 21, 2011 at 12:16 am

Uhm, there are some factual errors here. For example, the Kingdom of Prussia had a big part of what is now called Germany under its influence, but not everything. Bavaria, like most of the south and south west, was't part of it. And considering the "Berliner"-Quote: Yes, in some Regions a "Berliner" is a jam-filled Donut, but nobody thought that Kennedy called himself one, as a citizen of the City of Berlin is also called a "Berliner". "Tenenbaums" are called Tannenbaum, or plural: Tannenbäume. Nevertheless it's great and a little bit surprising to see somebody so excited of this country. ^^

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Anonymous August 21, 2011 at 8:43 am

Perhaps an addition, German is also one of the three official languages in Belgium, even though it's only spoken by a minority in the south-east.

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Anonymous August 21, 2011 at 8:52 am

Yeah, actually, not all Taxis in Germany are Mercedes. I guess some 2% to 5% are VW.

I also do have a friend who drives Taxi here in Leipzig (Germany) and he owns the only Taxi-Ford in Town (with a population of half a million).

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Anonymous August 21, 2011 at 11:25 am

Fact 60 isn't correct: the FCB won 55 major trophies!
In the years mentioned in the fact, the FCB won the Champions League. But they won a lot more championships and cups.
see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FC_Bayern_Munich_statistics#Honours

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Anonymous August 21, 2011 at 11:33 am

Bayern-Munich has won the bundesliga 21 times not 4!!

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Anonymous August 21, 2011 at 5:31 pm

Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone. He was Canadian. Other than that… cool.

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Ally July 30, 2012 at 3:02 am

He only MOVED to Canada – he came from Scotland.

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Anonymous August 21, 2011 at 6:37 pm

#48 Einstein didn't fail (and he studied in Switzerland btw)
#43 Paris is 3 times bigger than Berlin
#11 There are many more (only in Switzerland are more than 20)

It wasn't Alexander G. Bell but Johann Philipp Reis!

Nice post anyway!
Greetz from Switzerland^^

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Anonymous August 22, 2011 at 12:44 am

#67: Oh wow, bro, I'm pretty sure you mean that he "recites verses," not "receits versus." Receits isn't even a word. Versus means "against" or "opposed to", as in "Today's game is Bayern-Munich versus Hoffenheim."

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Anonymous August 22, 2011 at 3:30 am

Nice list you got there!
Anywhere there are two errors:

25. When JFK visited Berlin, he infamously said “Ich bin ein Berliner,” which also translates to “I am a jelly donut.”

i never heard of this speach beeing infamous. indeed we read it in school.
you are right about the translation, "Berliner" stands for two things: a citizen of berlin or a jelly donut.
Im quite certain that no one was thinking JFK wantet to tell the people that he is a jelly donut ;-)

By the way "Hamburger" is translated with citizen of Hamburg and burgers.

40. Taxis in Germany are Mercedes.

Most of them where but newer cabs are mostly cheaper cars.

Have a great time in Germany!

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Anonymous August 22, 2011 at 7:17 am

Belgium also has German as one of its offical languages

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Anonymous August 22, 2011 at 5:17 pm

….actually it is in the 7th grade that you pick the next school that will either end after 9th grade (no diploma), after 10th grade (can go to trade schools) or after the 13th grade which allows you to go to college (for free)!

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x3 October 15, 2013 at 6:43 pm

When you attempt the secondary schools (weiterführende Schulen), depents on in which part of germany you live in :3 in northrhine-westfalia, where I live, it’s after year 4, in for example Belin it is after 6th grade.
You also can’t end school after 9th grade, ten years are required. After 12/13(in most parts it’s 12 years by now) years (which is only possible on Gymnasium)

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Anonymous August 24, 2011 at 9:41 am

30: richard wagner, thomas mann and rudolf diesel were not born in bavaria.

44: most of our taxis are mercedes, but of course there other brands, too.

:)

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Anonymous August 2, 2013 at 7:38 pm

Rudolf Diesel was born in Augsburg and it lies in Bavaria for sure because well I lived there. By the way: He went to the school I went.

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Tim August 25, 2011 at 6:21 am

Great article! I actually learned some interesting facts I didn't know about, depsite being german and all :)

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boulon August 25, 2011 at 4:48 pm

1: Germans are actually the third largest per capita consumers of beer, after the Czechs and Irish.

and #68 was probably my favorite :)

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42 August 27, 2011 at 6:36 am

Germany rules!

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MdAmor August 27, 2011 at 12:47 pm

The cathedral in koln is gigantic. You see it when you arrive by train. Paris is about 3 times the population of Berlin. VW is about to become the largest car maker in the world. The English language is derived in great part from Deutsch. They invaded England in the middle ages. That is why it is not very similar to the latin derivitives. #18 the rest of the hotel is there too.#40 I have heard that the Berlin zoo is the largest in the world.

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Mulch 47401 March 26, 2012 at 11:22 pm

It’s the first time when i’ve seen your site. I can understand lots of hard work has gone in to it. It’s really good.

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Anonymous April 1, 2012 at 2:03 pm

First of all Great Post!

Technically the longest german word is unlimited: urururur…..opa or urururur…oma (great-great-…-grandpa/-ma). :)

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jeremiah April 3, 2012 at 5:01 pm

hi

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Sophie June 3, 2012 at 8:28 am

Hello i have recently visted germany it was awesome! what a great country!!!!!!! :D :P xx

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hooper April 21, 2012 at 2:12 am

Hi jeremiah

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mark April 27, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Was born and raised in Germany (in Lower Saxony ) glad you all like our great country. And as someone else mentioned, Bavaria does not represent Germany. Most Americans,think of Germany being like Bavaria. Anyway…btw… I’m cute.Lol ;)

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farhana April 29, 2012 at 4:36 am

hello. i come from malaysia and currently studying in local university.
taking bachelor in language and linguistics (major in german language).
i find that german language is hard and complicated in terms of gender and grammar.
but nevermind. i’m trying my best. and seems i’m doing well though.
and i’m looking forward for the day when i’m going to german.
nice to read this fun facts! thanks for sharing. :)

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Wilhelm April 29, 2012 at 8:49 am

Great read!
I just wanted to say that the author Thomas Mann comes from Lübeck, a hanseatic city in the north. This is a personal topic for me, since he is my favourite and I am from Lübeck too. ;)

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Victoria May 1, 2012 at 3:43 pm

“Ich bin ein Berliner” means “I am a Berliner”. So JFK did not say “I am a jelly donut” he said “I am a Berliner :))) But I love all the other facts though! Thanks :)

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Michelle Michelle May 2, 2012 at 1:32 am

“berliner” also refers to a jelly donut

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John May 13, 2012 at 11:25 pm

Michelle is 100% right Victoria!

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Luke January 28, 2013 at 11:59 pm

People from Berlin call the jam filled donout “Pfannekuchen”, cause the wouldn’t eat themselfs… :)

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cristig May 2, 2013 at 12:29 pm

There is a big discussion about this fact, but the one I believe is: do you really think the translaters/interpreters did this mistake in JFK speech?
I don’t remember now the link to the article – where is says that JFK was 100% correct – because he was not from Berlin but he was “a Berliner” in thoughts.
If you will look more on the www, maybe your oppinion will change. :)

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Lisa August 30, 2013 at 9:55 am

You do know that it’s just a matter of interpretation?

Yes, Berliner means both – citizen to Berlin and in some parts of Germany also a jelly doughnut …

but JFK clearly meant that he is a citizen of Berlin, feeling for his audience and telling them that he will stand by as one of them. Because in the context of the speech nobody would have understood that wrong. So there’s no joke there at all as far as I see it.

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Ali May 22, 2012 at 11:04 am

Great post! I’m from the States and now live in Freiburg, so this was really fun to read.

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Sophie June 3, 2012 at 8:24 am

COOOOOOLLLL thanks xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx :DDDDDDDDDDDDDd

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Benjamin Holfeld June 7, 2012 at 10:33 pm

That is hilarious! Really fun facts about my home country! http://www.holfeld.com/german

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Sam June 10, 2012 at 5:16 am

Thanks for the great facts. They’re great for my Germany Project. Thank You xoxo

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kabeer May 7, 2013 at 1:27 am

great info but some errors

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John Cena June 12, 2012 at 11:54 pm

LOLOLOL i love how it’s “69 Facts” TEEHEE

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Heinz June 14, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Berlin is nine times bigger than Paris!
Thats correct!
Not the population but the area – the amount of space.

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Lourenco Pit June 17, 2012 at 12:07 am

German is not the Language we speak in Luxemburg….as I live there, I can tell you that we speak Luxemburgish… But we have three official languages here, German, Luxemburgish and French, but these “foreign” languages are only used in official letters and so on.
P.S. I worte this in English that the other people coming to see your blog understand what I wrote…. ich kann auch Deutsch… ;)

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Micaela Oer June 24, 2012 at 9:28 pm

I loved this post. I recently married a German boy and we lived there last year, but now live in Chattanooga! Alot of things I didn’t know! Thank you!

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Mike July 2, 2012 at 7:40 am

To say Germany was fomrely known as The Holy Roman Empire and the Kingdom of Prussia is more than a little inaccurate. The Holy Roman empire went fary beyond the borders of present day Germany, all the way into eastern Europe and down to Italy. Prussia also extend into parts of eastern Europe and part of present day Europe. They were distinct states from modern German republic and not all of the inhabitants of these fomer kingdoms saw themselves as Germanic.

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Wooboy77 July 6, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Hi! You forgot to mention Belgium in the countries where german is spoken… yes! we have a small (real small) german speaking community he he they are about 70 thousand not more… and it is an official language along with french and dutch…

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ben M July 22, 2012 at 9:57 pm

hey
i just read the 69 facts about germany, and i was hilarious and really entertaining. I must say though, that we austrians ( i’m austrian btw.) are the second largest beer consumers in the world, after the Czech. Yea, it’s true
go and google it ;)
Also, the composers you’ve mentioned Strauss, handel, and bach were austrians and all of them spent most of the time in vienna.
sorry, but i just had to get this straight guys.
have a nice day

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Olaf July 26, 2012 at 9:44 am

@ben M
Johann Sebastian Bach born in Eisenach (Germany)
Richard Strauss born in Munich (Germany)
Georg Friedrich Haendel born in Halle (Germany)

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toni August 7, 2012 at 9:33 am

haha i am german and that fun fact with john f kennedy isnt true :D it means that he is a person who live in berlin

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Bene September 5, 2012 at 6:37 pm

Hi,

I’m from Germany and I liked your text. Very funny and true facts about us. Go on

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k.p September 9, 2012 at 7:00 pm

thanx 4 the help u REALLY saved me from getting detention :)

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Belle September 12, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Great facts, didn’t know half of those!!

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Viky September 24, 2012 at 12:08 pm

OHH!!! This post helped me a lot with my German homework. Thanks!

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Manu September 26, 2012 at 10:06 pm

Is a really good post, though Ireland is in 4th place with the beer consumption per capita. The Czech Republic is number one ;)

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Patty October 26, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Gummy bears were also invented in Germany!

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MIKE October 28, 2012 at 7:20 pm

AUSGEZEICHNET! ABER NICHT 100% WAHR .

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becca November 2, 2012 at 4:39 pm

this was very helpfull 4 my school project!! tons of stuf was realy interesting!!!!!!!!

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Chloe November 5, 2012 at 10:01 pm

Thanks for putting this blog up it really helped me on my German test in third grade!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ohene November 6, 2012 at 12:03 pm

i love it

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Kerri November 10, 2012 at 6:33 pm

Thnx so much! I would have never been able to finish my project if it wasnt for this! I had picked Germany in a project i was doing because i love Germany to death (I really love their accents) and i couldnt find any fun facts (i had to have four) and i had like five days to finish ( my friend hogged the two germany books the class had, and she didnt even open them!) and i was running out of time. You REALLY saved my hide. TThnx!

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ben November 14, 2012 at 4:35 pm

hahaha cool facts

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ben November 14, 2012 at 6:47 pm

i was doin stuff with my school today on germany facts

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urvashi November 19, 2012 at 3:15 pm

it is an amazing blog to u i was able to know about all these facts ,these are really amazing

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truth teller November 22, 2012 at 7:46 pm

Did you know?!
Germany’s most common food is Bread. That is so strange :>D

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eilidh November 28, 2012 at 8:29 pm

haha ben you are funny not cool facts though :)

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Shusank Dahal November 30, 2012 at 1:27 am

It is an encyclopedia for kids :D

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Shusank Dahal November 30, 2012 at 1:29 am

i ll use it in the Deutsh Quiz by gothe institute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-D

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ashley December 4, 2012 at 6:35 pm

so right i agree with her the boys are cute there,that shuold be fact number #70!!!!!!!!!!!!!:):):):):):):):):):):)

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ashley December 4, 2012 at 6:37 pm

i like this alot becuose it helped me on my assinment 4 school thx!!!!!!!

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Eric December 5, 2012 at 2:04 am

Jk good facts!

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briana December 5, 2012 at 6:04 pm

thx so much it helped me on my school assinment

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bri123;0;) December 5, 2012 at 6:22 pm

soooooooo cooool i dindnt know that there was 300 kinds of breads and 1000 kinds of sousages i put it on my assinment and i got a 100 and i passed aaaaaaaaahhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!:):):0

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Magnus December 9, 2012 at 12:50 am

About ordering beer in Germany… The Germans usually count beginning with the thumb. So it would be kinda like this: *thumb* eins, *index* zwei, *middle* drei, and so on.

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Mark December 21, 2012 at 10:44 pm

Heres another fun fact about Germany:
While German is only the 8th most popular language (by number of speakers), it is the 2nd most used language on the internet

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Keriann December 28, 2012 at 11:13 pm

I just memorized that 79 letter long German word in under 3 minutes :)

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Eithne January 8, 2013 at 7:59 pm

Your being very stereotypical about Irish drinking. Like most other countries do . It’s so anoying . I’m Irish and my parents don’t drink. None of my friends parents drink either!

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http://tinyurl.com/nextmott24906 January 11, 2013 at 3:49 pm

“69 Fun Facts About Germany” truly got me personally simply addicted with your page!

I personallywill be returning even more regularly.
Many thanks ,Lora

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Rocky January 12, 2013 at 8:38 pm

Yes, please tell me more about Hugo boss and nazi uniforms thanks

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Moe January 23, 2013 at 3:30 pm

hallo,
i wasn’t gonna say anything about the minor mistakes, which are in the list (35 dialects?! in a county maybe…) but now i have to correct:

Richard Wagner was not bavarian! like most best german things he was from saxony (the german kingdom, which was NEVER part of prussia, had been ruled by the Wettiner for 830 years and is the home to M. Ballack)

also the autobahn is NOT a high way – it’s an Interstate
numbers 7, 23, 24, 27 (ever seen a german ordering only one beer?), 33 (it’s not even the biggest in germany, but number 4 by pessenger…), 43 (…by area), 45 (AFTER the 4th grade and only in some states – berlin for example is different), 50 (it’s actually the printing press with movable letters) are (kinda) wrong

sorry for correcting, but i had to…

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ellie-may February 2, 2013 at 2:32 pm

oh wow that is so cool , i got my information for a school project here , and all of them were COLD HARD FACTS! __ fancy that! ;D

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Lisa February 5, 2013 at 10:10 am

Thank- you this really helped with my 6 yrs research for school :) x

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Diana February 21, 2013 at 3:30 pm

This site is very helpful now my power point won’t be so boring so thanks.

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Emily B. February 24, 2013 at 12:35 pm

I enjoyed reading your post :) It was very entertaining and informative!

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Mona February 28, 2013 at 6:09 pm

Richard Wagner was not Bavarian, was from Essen…..

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Burkhard March 20, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Hey,

Amusing read. I guess #60 refers to Champions League titles, not the Bundesliga?

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Mark March 20, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Bayern munich won over 20 times: 1932 1969 1972 1973 1974 1980 1981 1985 1986 1987 1989 1990 1994 1997 1999 2000 2001 2003 2005 2006 2008 2010

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Kevin March 20, 2013 at 12:57 pm

The first e-mail was send in germany.
The bycicle was invented in Karlsruhe (Germany).
And if there ever will be a fusion reactor, it will be coming from germany (karlsruhe) aswell.

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christina April 2, 2013 at 3:43 am

I am an American but my fathers mother was born in Germany…. Reading this gave me some insight to my history… Thanks

By the way that HUGE word that is like 74 letters long…. What does that word translate to English mean

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P. Wegener April 9, 2013 at 6:24 pm

It is illegal in Germany for a dog to bark for longer than 20 minutes at a time.

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treshfire April 10, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Great article :)

This has aleady been said but when JFK said “Ich bin ein Berliner” he did not mean he would be a jelly donut. There is a jelly donut called “Berliner” here, but in this case, he wanted to identify with the citizens of Berlin, the Berliner, kind of the ‘New Yorkers’.
Please change that, anyways, great job!

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Esi April 15, 2013 at 1:18 am

I believe I was German in one of my past lives and it must’ve been a great one, cause I have admired Germans since I was little…without any particular outside influences. I can’t wait to visit.Long live Germany and my beloved FC Bayern München!

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cindy May 5, 2014 at 8:54 am

Very nice information! Thanks very much! English is the only foreign language I know….wonder if it’s ok to travel in Germany, which I always want to:)

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andrew April 16, 2013 at 11:31 pm

thanks im doing an asignment on germany this helped a lot :)

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Drishti April 19, 2013 at 8:43 am

Hi!
Its really fun reading all these facts and the way you have put them! I am pursuing doktorarbeit in deutsche Literatur. :)

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ella.m April 21, 2013 at 4:06 pm

Hi
Thanks so much for sharing these amazing facts!
I was using them for my German homework for school they helped me so much!
My mum and dad were helping me at first but were no way as helpful when I told my French teacher about the website she told everyone about it!
Thanks again
I’m sure I will use this website again.

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Parker Davis April 23, 2013 at 6:19 pm

Can u tell me a lot about Germany I am13 years old I am trying to do a project

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Helga May 2, 2013 at 11:00 am

Einstein was German, but had to flee to United States (because of a crazy called HITLER who ruled German), becoming an American citizen in 1940.

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almostgerman May 2, 2013 at 11:29 am

the nation which drinks most beer pro person is NOT ireland. Is Czech Republic: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_beer_consumption_per_capita

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ilaria May 2, 2013 at 11:35 am

well there’s just a mistake.. the telephone was invented by an Italian man Antonio Meucci ;)
but it was interesting to read :)

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Die Roten May 2, 2013 at 11:52 am

Some football facts are a bit off.

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Die Roten May 2, 2013 at 11:52 am

Though quite interesting!

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Curtis May 2, 2013 at 1:02 pm

In addition to the Christmas tree, the advent calendar was invented in Germany. It was created by the manager of an orphanage near Hamburg to amuse the children in his care.

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Sonny May 2, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Some of the facts are so interesting, but more interesting to me is your blog. I’m gonna be you! currently residing in Kuala Lumpur and marking the first item in my bucket list: get the bachelor
I’d definitely follow your posts ;)

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Jaime May 2, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Very interesting. Thanks for sharing this info! :)

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Donald Rutherford May 3, 2013 at 8:09 am

As regards building the cathedral, Bill Bryson didn’t always get his facts right.

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kabeer May 7, 2013 at 1:28 am

great bro

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Shawn Simmons May 8, 2013 at 2:15 pm

A jelly donut! lol. Awesome information, had to work on a report and this helped my grade a ton!!! Thank you!!!!!

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Saragh May 21, 2013 at 4:28 pm

No way I’m going out with Sonny now!!!

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Helen Lastinger May 29, 2013 at 4:52 pm

I found this interesting, My fathers mother was from Germany….I only stumbled upon this as i was trying to do research for my son who is in the 3rd grade and has to do a paper on Germany’s money…One day I hope to visit Germany as it is part of my heritage….

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Michèle May 31, 2013 at 8:55 am

Cool facts!
Here are some facts on Bayern München as you got something wrong there ;)
They won the Bundesliga 23 times, that’s why they have 4 stars you get one for each 5 times you win. They won the DFB Pokal 15 times (16 times if they win the final tomorrow ;)
And they won the Champions League 5 times (last time last week ;)
They won the world pokal twice. And at the moment they are the team with the highest brand value (669Mill€) – on the second place: Manchester United (650Mill€)
Cheers, Michèle

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anonomys June 5, 2013 at 9:35 pm

wow this reaalycomes in handy for the travel expo
thx

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hellen June 6, 2013 at 1:03 am

these facts are really cool. thanks

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hellen June 6, 2013 at 1:04 am

these facts are really cool. thanks dude

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violet June 8, 2013 at 5:07 pm

oh my god you helped me with my assignment so much!! thanks.

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sisi June 12, 2013 at 11:34 pm

The official language of the French provinces of Alsace and Lorraine is French………

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astrofreak June 20, 2013 at 6:56 pm

Have been living in Germany for the last 16 years and now I’m really annoyed because half of them are not true or proof able…

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saflid June 28, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Hey guy :D That is a very interesting list. I read it with pleasure :)

It includes some things you wouldn’t mind thinking about your country as a german, that is pretty interesting :D

Btw, some facts aren’t straight. As a typical know-it-all-german i have to tell you!
JFK DIDNT say “I am a jelly doughnut” in Berlin… Ok he DID but “I am a Berliner/am from Berlin” and “I am a jelly doughnut” is spelled exactly the same, so nobodoy misunderstood him.
So the story of how he said he was filled with strawberry mush is in Germany only known as “What the americans falsely think”.

The tallest cathedral in the world ISN’T in Ulm, but somewhere in America, afaik NYC. Ulm was once the tallest building in the world, as it was the cathedral of cologne.

Hugo Boss didn’t design any SS-Uniforms, he just produced them in his factory, but that is not so much of a difference.

And, indeed there are not “more than 150 castles” in Germany but several thousand.

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kirsty August 2, 2013 at 7:15 pm

With the ‘Ich bin Berliner’ from Berlin/a doughnut* he spoke it, so he might said it wrong…I dunno, although looking on wikipedia, he said it right, and the misconception came from a character in a fictional book, who was an ‘unreliable narrator’. Me personally I’d say it with me weird accent ‘baelinaer’, although according to my German teacher, I had a good accent, even though half of my alphabet is silent.

*Jelly doughnut?….oh yeah….jam doughnuts. (I live in soggyland.)

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lokalapsi July 20, 2013 at 11:16 am

Actualli every little village has its own dialect almost. And the Christmas tree came ages ago from the Germanians, who were actually the vikings where the evergreen tree was a symbol of life in the middle of the winter, and Christmas “just happens” to be almost at the same time as the shortest day of the year. So as much as I love Germany, they’re not getting the credit for this :D

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Steven July 25, 2013 at 7:55 pm

Nice list, thanks for the work. Buuut:

“The Bayern Munich is the most successful team in the Bundesliga having won four times (1974, 1975, 1976, 2001)”

- I don’t even like this Club… But they won the “Bundesliga” 23x times. 1975 & 1976 they didn’t won it.(http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/FC_Bayern_M%C3%BCnchen#National)

Friendly greetings.

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Steven July 25, 2013 at 7:58 pm

You wrote the winnings of the Chamipons League, it’s the CHampionship where the best european teams play every year. And Bayern won it now 5 times, this year the last time. Please delete this second comment, it’s just for information for you :)

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kirsty August 2, 2013 at 7:08 pm

If you are wondering the area that speaks German in Italy is called South Tiroel. (Umlaut on the o, I use ‘oe’ as I can’t make umlauts easily on my laptop.

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Schorsch August 16, 2013 at 12:07 pm

As a German I have to point out, that most of the Germans that aren’t Bavarian don’t like the Bavarians very much ;) You have written far too much facts about them ;)
And another interesting fact:
70. In Germany you are allowed to buy alcohol like beer and wine from the age of 16, and all the hard stuff from 18 on.

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Niklas Metzger September 3, 2013 at 5:15 am

This is very fascinating my culture is really awesome, I love showing off stuff like this to my Hispanic and Asian friends lol. #GOGERMANY

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lily September 11, 2013 at 6:39 pm

Thanks this helped with my homework luv u

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steph September 14, 2013 at 12:15 am

point 14. German is also an official language in Belgium.
point 35. 100 Million only refers to the NATIVE German speakers.

There are over 30 million people visiting Germany every year, so have fun!

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Adam September 16, 2013 at 4:28 pm

I think this really helped with my homework, my teacher has to decide though

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Nick October 21, 2013 at 8:45 pm

I used em for meh german report!!!
thanks ;D
yes i did right down my source and put it in my own words some how

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Benn November 13, 2013 at 10:00 am

So did I, I wrote stuff about Germany for a report

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techichi tayeb October 26, 2013 at 6:17 pm

je voudrais de connaitre la civilization

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Benn November 13, 2013 at 9:58 am

Germany is a lovely country, I’m also part German I know a friend or two from Germany. Yolo Bro :)

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Benn November 13, 2013 at 10:02 am

These facts are awesome Right:) :) !!!!!

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Falk January 11, 2014 at 11:43 pm

Thomas Mann was NOT a Bavarian. He was born in Lübeck.

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Claud January 19, 2014 at 1:00 am

These facts are awesome!!! :)

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jas March 10, 2014 at 11:37 pm

45 is wrong. In certain areas kids leave elementary school after 6th grade like in Berlin and they got rid of the system that divides it into 4 branches. They have only 2.Gesamtschule or Gemeinschaftsschule and Gymnasium.

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trololololoololol March 14, 2014 at 2:58 pm

all the numbers but you pick 69 ;)

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lara March 23, 2014 at 12:21 pm

60. is wrong the fc bayern has won bundesliga 23times till now (2014) and will win this season too :D
1931/32 1968/69 1971/72 1972/73 1973/74 1979/80 1980/81 1984/85 1985/86 1986/87
1988/89 1989/90 1993/94 1996/97 1998/99 99/2000 2000/01 2002/03 2004/05 2005/06
2007/08 2009/10 2012/1
they are the fist team who won the trible (bundesliga dfb championsleague)

and it’s wrong that the german wear “lederhosen” all the time most didn’t wear them in they’re hole life they are only in bavaria and there just to special events like wiesn/ oktoberfest or maifest
in berlin for example you can’t order a beer that easy and it don’t taste like a “real” bavarian beer
I’m coming from bavaria and the beer in berlin isn’t real beer its kind of dinking you gave your 10 year old boy like a sprite or coca cola here even women dink beer :D

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fdgh March 29, 2014 at 12:15 am

70: Fun fact, a german wouldn’t understand it.

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lenny May 22, 2014 at 9:05 pm

nice facts!
You should add that the Computer was invented by the german Konrad Zuse. And that the electronic Music came into being through Karlheinz Stockhausen and the band Kraftwerk (Kraftwerk is the world’s most sampled band and has a more significant influence than the Beatles these days)

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Anna June 22, 2014 at 6:01 pm

I am from germany and have to say, that i LOVE this post :D
Sure, not the whole list is 100% right. But like 95%
Also, did you know, that the white colour from the president’s house’s from germany?
Also we created the internet

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Basti July 15, 2014 at 5:53 pm

very funny and interesting!

however your fact about bayern munich is a little misleading, because you listed their victories in the champions league (they even won a fifth time in 2013) and not the ones of the bundesliga (23… 24 if you count in the previous german league) and now i’m being a smart ass, but adidas now only ownes 8,33% of the shares…

enjoyed your list very much…

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Mirie July 23, 2014 at 7:35 am

You’ll probably want to update this ;)

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Oliver Jay Perry August 1, 2014 at 9:54 am

I ride a Go-Ped and love it, I hear that scooters are big in Germany. I wish I was born in Germany as a German, would have been great! Any who any one want to ride here in Utah hit me up! “801-759-2878″

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June Woo Lim August 16, 2014 at 10:29 am

One fact is wrong there.. The Koreans of 고려 (Coree) invented the printing press nearly 200 years before Gutenberg did. The book is named Jikji, now located in a meuseum in France.
So the first printed book in the world was actually written in korean(through chinese characters)

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