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Most Interesting Facts about Germany

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Germany the land of world-famous car brands, the vigour for football, the ever so popular Oktoberfest and a whole lot more!

Interesting Facts:

1. The country known globally for its fast cars, the tech savvy country also holds under its belt the credit for X-ray technology, movable printing press, MP# format and air bags.

2. It for has also been zipping the path in being the international leader in terms of renewable energy.

3. Do you remember your first day of school? I mean the very first back in the first grade. I guess you don’t since you were probably about 6 years old. Maybe you cried, maybe you were excited. But you know how German kids are sent off? On this momentous day kids typically receive a cone full of chocolates and toys. Now that is some motivation!

4. One third of the country comprises of forest cover!

5. The Berlin Zoological Garden is known for having more species of animals than most zoos in the world, as many as 1300 more! It has been around since 1844.

Berlin Zoological Garden
Source: https://www.triphobo.com/places/berlin-germany/zoological-garden

6. If you walk into Reutlingen you may discover the world’s narrowest street! According to the Guinness World Records the street is 1.6 feet at its widest but goes down to just about one foot at its narrowest.

7. The Easter Bunny’s legend stems from here from sometime in the 17th And so, did the gummy bears in the 1920s!

Easter Bunny
Source: https://www.dw.com/en/where-the-easter-bunny-came-from/a-38379195

8. Well, I know this one will have the beer lovers all excited. Would you believe it if I told you that the infamous Oktoberfest was for the first time held in 1810? Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen married the then crown prince of Bavaria (later King Louis I) and as a celebration this festival was held. Today, it is celebrated spread over a period of two weeks and concludes on the first Sunday of October. It is the largest beer festival in the world and a number of countries have adapted their own version. The festival actually offers more than just beer. There’s a parade with the grand entry of landlords of breweries, there’s The Tapping, a traditional music session, DJs, drinking games and a whole lot more in store. This one is worth getting that beer belly!

Oktoberfest
Image Credits: Instagram handle @yes.munich

9. College is free for everyone! Nope, you do not have to be a German for this. Public university tuition was scraped for international students too. I cannot emphasize how excited the nerd in me is to read this. :p

10. The government can reject baby names if they are “weird”. Okay obviously the law doesn’t state weird but more along the lines of confusing the gender on being read. Gosh, I know a few friends who should have definitely been named in Germany! ?

11. Prostitution is legal in the country, from old school brothels to drive-thrus, um I don’t know how that means but am perfectly comfortable in leaving it there! Okay, just one more thing, sex workers can even get more training for their services. Lastly, the government welfare check includes a stipend to pay for intercourse for medically challenged people if they so need it.

12. How tall do you think the world’s tallest church would be? 530 feet ladies and gentlemen! The Ulm Minister of um Ulm is the tallest in the entire world and you can walk up 768 steps to make your way to the topmost point.

Ulm Minister of um Ulm
Source: http://www.reidsguides.com/destinations/europe/germany/baden-wurttemberg/swabia/ulm-cathedral.html

13. Angela Merkel has been the Chancellor of Germany since the year 2005 which has of course earned her one too many praises and also… a Barbie. No no, I don’t mean a toy like the earlier cone tradition! When Merkel had her 50th anniversary in office, a Barbie doll modelled on her was made.

Angela Merkel
Source: https://www.thrillist.com/travel/nation/strange-interesting-facts-germany

14.  And under Merkel’s leadership, in its pioneering the renewable energy movement the country has aimed to shut down all nuclear power plants by the year 2022.

15. Of course, we must delve into some folklore. It is interesting to learn that in the Vaterland region, they believe that leaving a window open can actually bring in ailments and diseases. Gosh.

Author’s Recommendations:

Germany has just as many museums and historical gems just as it has graffiti walls and bars brimming with its adored beer. The country has something to offer for everyone:

1. Take a train to Rhine Valley to gaze at the blue green waters, vineyards and a picturesque valley.

2. Black Forest is also quite a majestic sight with endless trees, streams and brooks, not to forget the shores of Constance where Germany meets Austria.

3. For those who love nature, Berchtesgaden National Park is a must!

Berchtesgaden National Park
Source: https://www.thecrazytourist.com/top-25-things-to-do-in-germany/4/

4. Visit Neuschwanstein Castle to be taken back to your childhood fairy-tale castle!

Neuschwanstein Castle
Source: https://www.thecrazytourist.com/top-25-things-to-do-in-germany/

6. For a day to unleash your inner child head on over to the fantasy park called Europa Park.

7. Stroll around Brandenburg for a personal postcard memory of this 18th century landmark.

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How to Reach:

Fly from India to Germany with one or more layovers generally via Istanbul, Dubai, Budapest or even Warsaw.

For Visa:

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