Germany is one of Europe’s fascinating countries, with a surprising (albeit sometimes quite dark) history, spectacular nature, finger-sucking cuisine, and truly spectacular culture. So just so you know her a little more, here we give you ten curious facts about Germany that you probably don’t know.
Germany has more than 5000 types of beer.
Besides, here is celebrated the largest festival in the world dedicated to this drink. The Oktoberfest, held in Munich in October, lasts between 16 and 18 days and includes music, typical food, entertainment, and more than 7.3 million beer liters.
There are more than 25,000 castles across the country.
Germany is a country of castles, both well preserved and in ruins. According to historian Jens Friedhoff, there are so many castles in the country that it is unknown for sure how many are precise.
Germany has more than 3000 types of bread and baked goods.
This astonishing figure is courtesy of the German National Bakers Academy in Weinheim. And yes, bread culture is so vital that not only is there an institution dedicated to it, but it is recognized as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
Most motorways in Germany have no speed limit.
It is the only country in Europe that allows drivers to go at the speed they want almost everywhere, except for stretches near cities or under construction. However, drivers are expected to be prudent and careful.
It is the birthplace of great musicians, such as Ludwig van Beethoven.
Beethoven was born in The City of Cologne in 1770 and was a great composer of universal history. His works greatly influenced the development and evolution of classical music.
Many of the fairy tales of your childhood were written by two German authors, the Brothers Grimm.
Jacob and Wilhelm (viljem) Grimm devoted themselves to gathering popular folklore stories and published stories such as Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty. There is a tourist route dedicated to them.
Berlin has more bridges than Venice.
The German capital has more than 960 bridges, both in the city and over rivers, lakes, and canals. The best known is the Oberbaum Bridge, which crosses the River Spree and is one of the city’s symbols.
Germany not only has big cities and charming villages.
This beautiful country is also ideal for enjoying nature, as it has 16 national parks, 104 natural parks, and 18 biosphere reserves.
Germany is a mecca for wine lovers.
The country has thirteen wine areas with the denomination of origin. From the famous Riesling to the Eiswein (in vain), there is a wide variety of delicious wines for all tastes.
Many public universities are free for both national and international students.
There are more than 300 universities to choose from, and you only have to pay a small fee each semester and get residency.
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