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.
According to library definitions the word 'castle' means 'fortified building constructed for security and residential purposes. The German 'burg' (German "stronghold") means the same.
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October 4, 1472
The painter Lucas Cranach is born in Bamberg, Germany.
October 4, 1797
Birth of Jeremias Gotthelf in Morat, Switzerland. Jeremias Gotthelf was a pseudonym chosen by the writer … [Read More...]
How Did Halloween Come to Germany?
In the mid-1990s, few in Germany had ever heard of Halloween, and even fewer celebrated it. Now, it's a €150 million a year industry. The holiday's success … [Read More...]
German/American Day in the U.S.A. - the holiday that celebrates German American heritage, commemorates the date in 1683 when 13 German families from Krefeld near the Rhine landed in … [Read More...]
July 13, 1024
Death of St. Heinrich II in Göttingen. St. Heinrich II was born in 972 in Bad Abbach. He would become the Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire (often called the German Empire). He was … [Read More...]
October 23, 1705
Birth of Maximilian Reichsgraf Browne in Basel, Switzerland. Browne was an Austrian field marshal during the War of Austrian Succession (1740-1748) and The Seven Years' War … [Read More...]
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