Fun facts about Deutschland...

Today's post for our week in German is a list of "fun facts".  Interesting and "fun" things you may never have known about Deutschland...

  1. The biggest festival known as "Oktoberfest", really starts in September.
  2. Germany is the cheapest place in Europe to buy beer, but also the most difficult place.  There are over 5,000 types of beer to choose from.
  3. There are 300 types of bread in Germany.
  4. There are over 1,000 types of sausage in Germany.
  5. 65% of the Autobahn has no speed limit, and the Autobahn is not just one highway.  It is the whole highway system in Germany.
  6. German is the official language of five countries; Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein.
  7. There are 35 dialects of the German language.
  8. Germany boosts the highest number of football~soccer~fan clubs in the world.
  9. Hugo Boss designed the official uniforms for the Nazi Party and the Hitler Youth.
  10. Most taxis in Germany are Mercedes.
  11. Albert Einstein was a German.  He was born in Ulm.
  12. There is a real life Lego bridge in Germany designed by MEGX.
  13. More than 99% of Germans can read and write.
  14. Germany is one of the last European countries to ban smoking in the workplace.  The reason for this is because the Nazi Party looked down on smoking and post-war legislators do not want to be accused of imitating Nazis.
  15. Germany has the 3rd highest recycling rate at 48%.
  16. Gummi Bears were invented by Hans Riegel, a German.
  17. Germany has over 400 zoos, the most in the world.
  18. Germany borders nine countries; Austria, France, Switzerland, Denmark, Belgium, Luxembourg,  Holland, Czech Republic and Poland.
  19. The Cologne Cathedral took 632 years to build.
  20. The longest word in the German language is Donaudampfshifffahrtselektrizitatenhauptbetriebswerkbauunterneamtengesellschaft, and I would love to know what it means...anyone? anyone?
Please realize that these facts are based on things people have told me, as well as information taken from the Internet.  Let me know, do you have any interesting facts about Deutschland?


  1. The most surprising thing for me was when my 4th grader came home and told me she needed to take a sharp knife to school the next day. They were carving pumpkins, of course! And, they all had to do the carving themselves. We are definitely NOT in Kansas any more!

    1. Hahaha, you are definitely not...It is a bit more open here in Germany. Glad that you stopped by and hope you enjoyed the posts.

  2. Really interesting list - I was surprised by quite a few of them. Sarita x

    1. I have to admit I was surprised as well. The Hugo Boss one was a bit shocking to me.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Very interesting.
    I really want to visit the Cologne Cathedral.
    632 years - Wow!
    That is amazing. Can't wait to see it in person.

    1. Isn't that CRAZY Gina. Makes you feel like a blip in the whole scheme of life doesn't it?

  4. Love learning new stuff...Albert Einstein? Who knew! I would love to visit Germany some day. All that beer, bread and sausage!!! LOL. New follower!

  5. Yes, ALL of the bread, beer and sausage make it quite hard to eat healthy. Oh and the fries with Mayo probably aren't to healthy either.

  6. Donaudampfschiffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswerkbauunterbeamtengesellschaft, according to the might Wikipedia and confirmed by German boyfriend is the association for subordinate officials of the head office management of the Danube steamboat electrical services. I think I'm just going to go ahead and try to avoid using that word. It might be hard to do, but I will try. :)

  7. Hahaha Heather you made me laugh this morning! Yea, it will be hard, but try to STOP using that word! Thanks for the info my fellow German Expat friend!


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