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.