Germany is known for being the largest national economy in Europe. With an interesting and rich history narrated by the old-fashion and colorful architecture, castles, palaces, cathedrals and monuments themselves, its landscapes, mountains and forests, delicious food and beer, Germany remains one of the top destinations in the world for travelers. Usually when one says Germany, among the first things that come to people’s mind is Hitler, the Berlin Wall and beer. However, Germany is not all about that.
I will provide you here a list of things, for which Germany is famous for and some interesting facts, which make them popular around the world.
Ofcourse, I have to start the list with world famous German beers. Have you ever tried to think about a German appearance, and not seen him holding a huge beer mug in his hand?! Germans are the second largest beer consumers in Europe, after the Czech.
Germans do not only love to drink beer, but they also love to brew it. There are around 1300 German breweries and 5000 brew brands. It is estimated that if you decide to taste every day another different type of beer in Germany, you would need 15 years to taste all of them.
Fun facts about beer consumption in Germany: Frederick the Great of Prussia loved beer so much that he banned coffee in 1777. Likewise in 1844, King Ludwig I of Bavaria attempted to impose a beer tax, which the people strongly opposed by going to the streets. The riots ended only when the King ordered a reduction in the price of beer.
If you have even a little knowledge about cars, then you are aware that most of the cars are the product of German brains and hard-work. Cars like – Audi, Volkswagen, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche are some examples of most popular German car manufacturers. German highways with no speed limit offer a great experience for drivers, which makes them love their cars even more.
3) Tution free Education
Differently from other countries, in which you will need to spend a fortune on education, in Germany education is free even for international students. With this feature, Germany is becoming one of the favorite destinations for foreign students to pursue their higher education.
4) Football fever
The game of Football is rooted in every German child and is a cultural phenomenon. The German National Football Team remains one of the strongest football teams, having won a total of four World Cups (1954, 1974, 1990, 2014) so far. Just like beer, football is a solid trait with which Germany is identified.
Some of today’s most well-known football players are from Germany as Miroslav Klose, Toni Kroos, Manuel Neuer, and Mesut Özil, who play for teams like Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Arsenal.
5) Bread and Sausages
Bread is one of the main foods of every cuisine in Germany. The Germans are well-known for their long tradition of baking bread. There are a lot of different types of bread, loaves and rolls, dark, white, sweet, soft, plain, with different seeds and taste. Germany bake almost 300 types of breads.
Sausages, called Wurst in Germany, is also an essential part of the German cuisine, made of pork, beef or veal and flavored in different way depending on the region.
6) Palaces & Castles
To visit a German castle is to step into a fairy tale setting, where castles sit atop high mountain peaks, their towers and turrets reaching to the sky. Germany is famous for its castles, with their pasts filled with knights, dukes and the devastation of wars. The castles, which boast a rich history, have been restored to their former glory and, in some cases, are lived in by families of the founders. Their treasures include previous artifacts, paintings, furniture and weapons.
There are about 20,000 castles contributing to the German landscape. The German Castles Association is dedicated to the study and preservation of castles. It is the oldest national private historic preservation initiative in Germany. The online database offers detailed descriptions of some 5,000 castle listings which are linked to the Google Earth, allowing a bird’s eye view of these fortresses.
Some of the must visit German castles are Neuschwanstein Castle, Schwerin Palace, Mespelbrunn Castle, Lichtenstein Castle, Heidelberg Castle, Hohenzollern Castle, etc.
7) Festivals and Carnivals
Festivals in Germany are known to be among the loudest and largest in the world, with millions flocking together to celebrate the country’s culture, beer, and food. Germany has a festival for every occasion and every time of year. Some famous festivals and carnivals are Oktoberfest, Cologne Carinval, Thuringia Bach festival, Rock am Ring and Rock im Park (music festival), Halloween and Christmas Markets.
Apart from this, Germany has also given the world numerous poets, philosophers, writers, scientists, musicians, filmmakers, actors and many nobel laureates. Germany is a land of burning ideas.
To gather memorable and unique experiences in life, one should travel to Germany, land of ideas at least once in his lifetime.