There are a lot of fascinating things to know about Germany. So if you are planning a trip and you want to be equipped with a bit of information about this country, or if you simply want to test your knowledge about random facts, this article is for you! Because whatever your reason is, you will surely enjoy learning these interesting facts about Germany.
Germany is the land of poets and thinkers.
To name a few of the world’s greatest philosophers that were German: Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Marx, and Heidegger. Also, some of the renowned composers were German, such as Bach, Beethoven, Goethe, Händel, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Wagner and Richard Strauss. To add to that, the great Albert Einstein was a German-born too!
Germany was the first country to implement daylight saving time.
William Willett of United Kingdom led the campaign for daylight saving time. Ironically, Germany, which was Britain’s wartime enemy, was the first country who made his dream come true. It happened on the 30th of April in 1916 just a year after his death. Germany adopted the idea with the reason of conserving electricity.
Germany is a place of a fairytale.
Remember Disney princesses? They may be made up characters, but the castles where children’s fairy tales were set are real. Germany has thousands of castles that you’ll pass one every 2.5 kilometers on average. Although the exact number is still unknown due to financing and lack of personnel, a rough estimate is around 25,000. But director Reinhard Friedrich of EBI, the scientific branch of German Castle Club (DBV), said that there could be a lot more.
Sadly though, not all of these castles are standing. Some are in a state of ruins, while the others have only its foundations, thus they’re called “ground-level monuments.” But don’t worry; there are still a lot of eye-catching castles that you can find there. And what’s more? Most of them are open to the public!
Kudos to a German, you have tasted the famous gummy bear.
Yes, the all-time kids’ and even adults favorite originated in Germany a hundred years ago. It was produced by a frustrated German factory worker, Hans Riegel, in 1920. And now, gummy bears became one of the most popular candies in the world. It is almost impossible not to pass by a candy aisle and cannot see a pack of gummy bears!
Study in Germany for free.
Yes, you read it right! It doesn’t matter if you’re a local or an international student (take note, even if you’re non-European), you can study tuition-free in public universities in this country. Germany has almost 300 public universities so you don’t need to worry about limited choice. Why does Germany do this? Because Germans believe education is not a commercial product. And their government thinks free access to higher even for foreigners education has its own benefits.
Public drinking is tolerated.
Germany is known for its beer consumption. In fact, drinking in public is pretty much legal and tolerated. Teenagers can even drink beer and wine as early as 14 given that they are accompanied by their parents or custodian.
Germany’s Oktoberfest is one of the most celebrated festivals.
Oktoberfest is held every year in Munich, Bavaria in Germany. The festival got famous that millions of people around the world travel to Germany to take part in it. Some countries even made their own version of Oktoberfest. Another fact in this festival is, even though its name has the month of October in it, it actually starts in mid-September and ends in the first week of October. Well, at least lasted until October!
The event started as a wedding reception for Bavaria’s Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxony- Hildburghausen on October 12, 1810. The Munich’s locals feasted for days with beers and horse races. They repeated it on the succeeding years although there were times that the celebration was canceled
Prison breaking? Not a crime!
It has been said that wanting to be freed from captivity is a human’s instinct. That’s why the act of escaping prison is not legal, but the illegal means they used to escape are still crimes and are punishable by law. Unless they successfully escaped prison without breaking any law, maybe then they’re free to go. But it does not mean that the charges against them will simply be thrown away.
Listed above are just a few fun facts about Germany. There’s actually a lot more!