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Welcome to German Culture! 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:
- The population of Germany is approximately 82 million.
- In the middle of September in Munich begins the world-famous Oktoberfest beer festival. Parades have begun brewing since 1810.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Germany was the first country in the world to adopt daylight saving time. This happened at the height of the First World War (1916).
- Almost 70% of German roads have no speed limit.
- There are more than 300 varieties of baked bread in Germany.
- German is the third most popular language in the world. It is official in 5 countries: Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein.
- Ulm Cathedral is the tallest church in the world. Its height is 161.53 m.
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 its long-sought place among the international community of nations. In the minds of the GDR’s old-guard communists, the long-awaited international political recognition was […]
This refreshing summer dessert takes advantage of the cherry and berry season. Rote Grütze is a popular specialty from Northern Germany and has a lovely tart flavor. Serve with vanilla custard, cream or vanilla ice-cream. Ingredients: 6 cups fresh or frozen, unsweetened berries (raspberries, strawberries, red currants, or a combination of these) 1/2 cup sugar […]
November 12, 1802 Birth of Gustav Friedrich Klemm in Chemnitz, Germany. Klemm was an anthropologist and director of the royal library at Dresden. He developed a concept of culture involving social organization, technology and belief in his 10 volume work, Allgemeine Kulturgeschichte der Menschheit. November 12, 1806 Death of Josef Gottlieb Kölreuter in Karlsruhe, Germany. […]
A total of nearly 8.2 million people holding only foreign citizenship were registered in the Central Register of Foreigners (AZR) at the end of 2014. This was the highest number of foreigners ever registered in Germany since the AZR was established in 1967. Compared with 2013, the number of foreigners rose by roughly 519,300 or […]
Maulbronn Monastery (Kloster Maulbronn) is one of Europe’s most complete and bestpreserved Medieval monastery complexes. It combines a multitude of architectural styles, from Romanesque to late Gothic, in one place – creating a unique atmosphere. Construction of the former Cistercian abbey, cradled in the rolling hills of the Stromberg region, commenced in 1147. It was […]
Heidelberg is a city situated on the river Neckar in south-west Germany. The fifth-largest town in the State of Baden-Württemberg after Stuttgart, Karlsruhe, Mannheim and Freiburg im Breisgau, Heidelberg is part of the densely populated Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region. A former residence of the Electorate of the Palatinate, Heidelberg is the location of Heidelberg University, well […]
Switch on Deutschland – complexity and exactness are reflected in its name as well as in its sound like in the mirror. Complexity is a peculiarity of German Culture, too. This country has given a number of prominent people to the world: Goethe and Hitler, Dietrich and Bismarck, Einstein and Honecker. Militancy and arrogance are […]
September 3, 1757 Birth of Karl August, Archduke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach. He made an intellectual center of Weimar through his invitation and patronage of Goethe, Herder, Schelling, Hegel and Schiller. September 3, 1846 Birth of Alfred Brandt in Hamburg, Germany. Brandt was a lead engineer in the building of the Simplon Tunnel. It is the longest […]
If there are only a few phrases you are willing to learn before your trip to Germany, it should be these. They could help you out if tight situations. If in a German speaking country the natives will also be more friendly and helpful even when only trying to speak in German. Talk to a […]