10 Interesting Facts About Germany

One will recognize Germany as the country of beer, sausages, bread (loaves and loaves of bread) and Oktoberfest. If you’re thinking of Germany as your next travel destination or even staying in Germany for a longer period of time, you might find the following facts helpful.

Fact#1. College is free for everyone, even international students.

Tuition fees are free in public universities for Germans and non-Germans alike. The only expenses you would need to worry about is rent and basic needs such as travel, food, and books etc.

Fact#2. It’s illegal to run out of fuel in German autobahn.

Drivers are only allowed to stop on the highway for emergencies and having an empty tank is not what they call an emergency. Drivers can be fined and have their license suspended for up to 6 months.

Fact#3. Everything is closed on Sundays.

Sunday to Germans is what they call a “quiet day”. Except for the churches, a handful of restaurants and bars, all other shops are closed. Hence, do not plan to do your shopping on Sundays. It is also a no-no to renovate your house as drilling is also illegal to this day.

Fact#4. Bread and sausages.

Germans are heavy consumers of bread and sausages. There are about 300 different kinds of bread & 1000 kinds of sausages sold all over the country. Curry wurst, a popular sausage snack served with a spicy sauce, is a classic dish in Germany and over 800 million of this dish is eaten every year. There are even museums dedicated to bread, such as the European Bread Museum.

Fact#5. The capital of Germany is Berlin.

Berlin has the largest train station in Europe. It is 9 times larger than Paris and consists of more bridges than Venice. It also houses Europe’s largest inland water network.

Fact#6. Germans are the second biggest beer consumer in the world.

It is an understatement to say that Germans love drinking beer. Germans drank 2.55 billion gallons of beer in 2012. There are about 1300 breweries in Germany with over 5000 different variations of beer. In Bavaria, beer is even considered food!

Fact#7. Germany is one of the world’s largest car producers.

6 million cars produced in Germany were sold in 2015, with Volkswagen’s Golf being the bestselling car of all time. In 2016, the top-selling car brands in Germany were Volkswagen, Audi, Mercedes, and BMW.

Fact#8. It’s bad luck to wish someone happy birthday in advance.

There is a popular saying among the Germans, “you shouldn’t praise the day before the night”. It means you should not be sure of something before it happens because then it will not happen. Thus, Germans think it is bad luck to wish someone happy birthday in advance.

Fact#9. Fanta originated in Germany during ww2.

During the 2nd world war, the Coca-Cola syrup was being prevented from being imported into Germany. The then leader of the Coca-Cola company decided to create a domestic product for the market using leftover products. Fanta is the second oldest brand of Coca-Cola. It is now consumed 130 million times a day throughout the world.

Fact#10. Oktoberfest is not really in October.

While it is called Oktoberfest, it actually starts during the mid of September. Oktoberfest is the biggest beer festival in the world. The size of a beer glass is 1 litre. The first ever Oktoberfest began as a wedding celebration for Prince Ludwig of Bavaria in 1810.

9 thoughts on “10 Interesting Facts About Germany

  • March 11, 2017 at 9:59 am
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    Very interesting and informative list!! I was surprised to learn about Fanta!

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  • March 11, 2017 at 1:54 pm
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  • March 11, 2017 at 2:14 pm
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    I love facts posts like this one – and especially when laws in other countries are included (penalties for running out of gas – and no drilling on Sunday – lol – it must have been a problem at one time, I guess).

    I live in Cincinnati, Ohio currently, which has an unusually large German population (even schools taught in German, btw), so I was surprised that most of these were new to me. I’ll be careful about birthday wishes in advance from now on. Thanks!
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  • March 11, 2017 at 8:15 pm
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    Wow- I really enjoyed this! I can’t believe education is free!! Also, I have a question after reading about birthday advance wishes – would it also be deemed as bad luck for example to tell someone good luck on your exam tomorrow? Great post and thanks for the follow! I’m now a follower of you too 👍

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    • March 11, 2017 at 8:28 pm
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      We are glad to know that you enjoyed reading our article about facts. The answer to your question is YES.

      “In Germany, it is believed that things will inevitably fail if you say that they can’t fail. There is a saying “Verschrei es nicht!” which is used whenever people are expressing that they are totally sure that something will work. ”

      Here is the link to the person who explained it very nicely ” Why is it considered as bad luck in Germany to wish for someone’s Birthday in advance?”

      https://www.quora.com/Why-is-it-considered-as-bad-luck-in-Germany-to-wish-for-someones-Birthday-in-advance

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  • March 28, 2017 at 2:20 am
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    Good post. Really interesting. I had no idea about the wishing happy birthday before the big day. Or free education. I should make kids learn German. 🙂

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  • April 6, 2017 at 11:18 am
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    Fascinating. I’m not much on beer, but the bread and sausages sound mouth-watering.

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