Germany, it’s proudly the seventh most visited country in the world and it sure is packed with so many things to see and do, there’s no wonder people flock there in their droves.
Whether it’s a city break, Christmas market trip, a cross country tour or even a historical pilgrimage, there’s something for everyone in Deutschland.
So, if you’re still in the research phase, or just wanting to brush up on you knowledge before heading off on your German holiday, we’ve compiled our top 10 interesting facts about Germany just for you.
Facts about Germany
1. Germany is one of the most densely populated countries in Europe.
Yes, the country has a staggering population size of 80,636,124 people! And, even though Germany is a rather large country, that still means there’s 231 people per square kilometre!
2. One third of Germany is still covered in Forest and Woodland.
Despite the population density, a good proportion of Germany is actually still covered in foliage. And, it sure is spectacular. Our little tip? If you’re a fan of the Brother’s Grimm fairy tales, you might just want to pay a visit to the Black Forest… the setting of many of their stories.
3. Berlin is 9 times bigger than Paris and has more bridges than Venice
Dating back to the 13th century, the city spans a whopping 891.8 km², plenty of room for those 1650 bridges within the city.
4. During JFK’s famous declaration of “Ich bin ein Berliner” he actually likened himself to a jam doughnut.
What he should have said is “Ich bin Berliner” meaning “I am a citizen of Berlin”. A Berliner is actually a type of jelly donut made in Berlin., so “Ich bin ein Berliner” can actually be translated to “I am a jam doughnut.”
5. Germany’s Capital City has shifted 7 times!
From Aachen (during the Carolingian Empire) to Regensburg, Frankfurt-am-Main, Nuremberg, Berlin, Weimar (unofficially, during unrest in Berlin), Bonn (and East Berlin), and, since 1990, Berlin again! Now, that’s one to remember for the pub quiz.
6. Germany is sometimes known as the land of poets and thinkers.
German writers and have won 13 Nobel Prizes and was home to world-renowned writers such as Friedrich Schiller, E.T.A. Hoffmann, Günter Grass and Maria Stona.
7. Germany is Europe’s second largest beer consumer.
Just behind the Czech Republic, the German’s are known to consume a fair amount of the ‘liquid gold’. But, given the Bavarians even consider beer to be a basic food, and drink on average of 150 litres per person, per year, we think they’re giving the Czech’s a run for their money.
8. The longest word published in the German language is Donaudampfschifffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswerkbauunterbeamtengesellschaft.
Loosely translating to Danube steamboat shipping electricity main engine facility building sub clerk association. The word Rindfleischetikettierungsueberwachungsaufgabenuebertragungsgesetz, a law delegating beef label monitoring, was removed from the German language in 2014.
9. The German Football team is the second most successful football team in the world!
The beautiful game, a British sport and a hard fought rivalry in the football world. But, we have to hand it to Germany on this one, falling just behind Brazil, winning four world cups and three European championships, they certainly can play us at our own game.
10. The first book to ever be printed was the Bible by Johannes Gutenberg in the 1450s in Germany.
The first mass produced printed book was the Latin Bible and was originally published in February 23, 1455 in Mainz.