Last updated on April 6th, 2020
34. Weird fact. Michael Jackson dangled his son from the balcony of a hotel that is in Berlin.
35. Kids can drink beer and wine in public at 13! In fact, drinking in public in Germany is legal, much to the envy of many other parts of the world.
10 Fun Facts About German Food
36. The Crazy Ice-cream Maker (Der verrückte Eismacher) in Munich has the strangest ice creams you could think of, including fries with ice cream, and flavors like bacon, beer, cannabis and even pregnancy (flavored with a combination of pickles and Nutella)!
37. Sauerkraut was originally an accompaniment for meat and potatoes, and not for fish!
38. German beer is famous, but you can’t ignore the wine. Visit the Apple Wine Festival in Frankfurt to find out more!
39. The quintessential German fast food is doner kebap – which is really a Turkish dish.
40. Germans love their spargels – white asparagus that is delicious and very healthy!
41. If you see Zungenwurst on the menu, know that it means blood tongue and eat only if you’re feeling adventurous!
42. Hot dogs in a jar of brine? Germany has them, along with hot dogs in a can.
43. If you find Head Cheese at the grocer’s it means it’s made of flesh from the head of a pig or calf.
44. Raw sausage you can spread on bread and crackers? That’s Teewurst.
45. Hamburg Speck (a candy) has thankfully nothing to do with regular German Speck, which is nothing but pig fat.
Germany – the country at a glance
|Independence day||May 23, 1949|
|Area||total: 357,022 sq km|
land: 348,672 sq km
water: 8,350 sq km
|Population||80,457,737 (July 2018 est.)|
|Borders||Denmark, Poland, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Austria, France, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.|
|Currency||Euro (€) (EUR)|
|Religion||Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism.|
|Life expectancy at birth||80.9 Years (2018)|
Life expectancy at birth indicates the number of years a newborn infant would live if prevailing patterns of mortality at the time of its birth were to stay the same throughout its life.
|Suffrage||18 years of age; universal|
|Government type||federal parliamentary republic|
|National holiday||Unity Day, 3 October (1990)|
|National symbol||golden eagle|
|National colors||black, red, yellow|
|National anthem||"Das Lied der Deutschen" (Song of the Germans)|
|Climate||temperate and marine; cool, cloudy, wet winters and summers; occasional warm mountain (foehn) wind|
|Terrain||lowlands in north, uplands in center, Bavarian Alps in south|
|Mean elevation||263 m|
|Lowest point||Neuendorf bei Wilster -3.5 m|
|Highest point||Zugspitze 2,963 m|
|Natural resources||coal, lignite, natural gas, iron ore, copper, nickel, uranium, potash, salt, construction materials, timber, arable land|
|Birth rate||8.6 births/1,000 population (2018 est.)|
|Death rate||11.8 deaths/1,000 population (2018 est.)|
|Sex ratio||0.96 male(s)/female (2018 est.)|
|Industries||among the world's largest and most technologically advanced producers of iron, steel, coal, cement, chemicals, machinery, vehicles, machine tools, electronics, automobiles, food and beverages, shipbuilding, textiles|
|Exports||$1.434 trillion (2017 est.)|
motor vehicles, machinery, chemicals, computer and electronic products, electrical equipment, pharmaceuticals, metals, transport equipment, foodstuffs, textiles, rubber and plastic products
|Imports||$1.135 trillion (2017 est.)|
machinery, data processing equipment, vehicles, chemicals, oil and gas, metals, electric equipment, pharmaceuticals, foodstuffs, agricultural products
|GDP - per capita (PPP)||$50,800 (2017 est.)|
|Time Zone||CET (UTC+1)|
Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
|Internet country code||.de|
|Drives on the||Right|
|Table last updated||July 26, 2019|