This is a must-visit site for all German culture lovers. Get information about German traditions, history, education in Germany, German language, traveling to Germany, and lots of interesting facts about Germany. Here are some:
1. The population of Germany is approximately 82 million.
2. In the middle of September in Munich begins the world-famous Oktoberfest beer festival. Parades have begun brewing since 1810.
3. Germany is home to the world-famous composers of classical music. The most famous German composers were: Bach, Handel, Beethoven, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Wagner and Richard Strauss.
4. The Germans occupy the third position of the world beer rating (after the Czechs and the Austrians): beer consumption per capita here is about 106 l of beer per year.
5. German athletes won a total of 1662 Olympic medals (as of 2012), i.e. more than any other country in the world except the USA.
6. Germany was the first country in the world to adopt daylight saving time. This happened at the height of the First World War (1916).
7. Almost 70% of German roads have no speed limit.
8. There are more than 300 varieties of baked bread in Germany.
9. German is the third most popular language in the world. It is official in 5 countries: Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein.
10. Ulm Cathedral is the tallest church in the world. Its height is 161.53 m.
November 8, 1308
Death of Duns Scotus (original name: Johannes) in Cologne, Germany (born in Scotland). Duns Scotus was a Franciscan who was educated in England and had taught at the University of … [Read More...]
In January 1988, Honecker paid a state visit to France. By all indications, the long stretch of international isolation appeared to have been successfully overcome. The GDR finally seemed to be taking … [Read More...]
December 21, 1597
Death of St. Peter Canisius (1521 - 1597) Peter de Hondt (St. Peter Canisius) was born in Nimwegen (Germany at that time, now the Netherlands). In 1536 he began his studies at the … [Read More...]
November 14, 1668
Birth of Johann Lucas von Hildebrandt in Genoa, Italy of Austrian parents. As a young man he joined the Austrian Army as a fortification engineer. Later he lived in Vienna and … [Read More...]
September 19, 1610
Death of Friedrich IV in Heidelberg, Germany. Friedrich, an ardent Protestant, was the elector of Rhineland-Pfalz. He actively opposed the Roman church and Habsburg leadership in … [Read More...]
"I would like to build a house with my films."
Rainer Werner Maria Fassbinder (May 31, 1945 – June 10, 1982) is one of the most important representatives of the New German Cinema. He was the first … [Read More...]
June 23, 1760
The Battle of Landshut in Silesia is fought. The Battle of Landshut was an engagement fought on June 23, 1760 during the Seven Years' War. A Prussian army of 12,000 men under … [Read More...]
The German education system has been praised for its ability to provide quality general education combined with excellent specific training for a profession or a skilled occupation. In 1992 about 65 … [Read More...]
Myth 1: Germans don’t have any speed limits on the roads
There are speed limits on most of the roads. It’s only the Autobahn (the equivalent to the U.S.), Interstate highway system, and the … [Read More...]
Feast Day of St. Amandus von Maastricht (? – ca. 680) St. Amandus was born near Nantes (modern France) in the late 6th century. Resisting his family's desire of a secular life for him he … [Read More...]