Germany, situated in West Central Europe i.e. the heart of Europe, is one of the most magnificent countries of the world. The best part of the country is that it presents such a rich diversity within itself that you will feel that you are visiting not one, but a number of countries together. Germany is the country of fairytale castles, charming villages, gushing lakes, snow-capped mountains and lush green surroundings. Whether you want to take a trek or undergo a cruise trip, the country will offer you the wildest of adventures. The vibrant culture, hospitable people and colorful festivals of the place only add to its charm. Ge rmany’s political and cultural history is not only rich but also interesting. Many great scientists, inventors, music composers and politicians have emerged from Germany. Therefore, today Germany is one the leading countries in the field of science and technology. The standard of living here is also very high. Want to know more about Germany? Explore the fun facts related to the country given below.
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Area: 357,021 km2
Population: 81,799,600 (2010)
Official Language: German
Calling Code: 49
Type Of Government: Parliamentary System
Interesting & Fun Facts About Germany
- After Irish, Germans are the second biggest consumers of beer in the world. The average beer consumption of the country is 119 liters per person per year.
- Angela Merkel, elected in the 2005 elections, is first woman chancellor of Germany.
- Berlin became home to the biggest train station in Europe in the year 2006.
- Berlin is the capital of Germany. Other major cities of the country are Hamburg, Colonge, Munich, Dusseldorf, Stuttgard, Hanover and Bremen.
- Football is the most popular sport in Germany and ‘The German Football Association’ is the largest association of its kind in the world.
- German Autobahn is the oldest, and one of the densest, motorway networks in the world.
- Germany became world’s first country to adopt Daylight Saving Time (DST), in the year 1916.
- Germany is a member of NATO, G8, G4 Nations and the European Union (EU).
- Germany claims the distinction of being the fifth biggest economy in the world.
- Germany is one of the few countries of the world where Holocaust Denial has been declared as a crime.
- Germany is situated in West Central Europe and its official name is ‘The Federal Republic of Germany’.
- Germany is the homeland of numerous renowned scientists and theorists. They include Albert Einstein, Max Plank and Werner Heisenberg.
- Germany is the largest economy, and the second most populous nation, of Europe.
- In case of iron, steel, coal, cement, chemicals, machinery, vehicles, machine tools, electronics, food and beverages; shipbuilding and textiles, Germany is the largest producer in the world.
- Many great philosophers of the world, like Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and Heidegger, were German.
- The tallest church in the world, Ulm Cathedral, is in Germany. It is 161.53 meters (530 feet) high.
- The Wurzburg Residence of Germany boasts of housing the largest fresco ceiling in the world, measuring 7287 square feet and done by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, a Venetian painter.
- World's most colorful caves (as per Guinness Book of Records), Fairy Grottoes, are in Germany.
- Germans do not answer phone calls with hi or hello, they say their surname instead.
- As of 2009, there are 102 Nobel laureates in Germany.
- Germany has more than 150 castles!
- The tradition of Christmas tree came from Germany.
- The highest number zoos are found in Germany.
- Munich is home to more than 60 beer gardens.
- 18.5 % of the population of Germany is of non-German descent.
- Germany is one of the last Western European countries to ban smoking in public, workplaces and restaurants.
- In Germany nearly 70% highways have no speed limit.
- Hans Riegel, a German, invented Gummy Bears.
- German is the third most popularly taught language in the whole world.