45 Interesting Facts About Germany That You Should Know

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.

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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)!

Bayerisches National museum, Munich
Bayerisches National Museum, Munich. Image credit – digital cat

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.

Interesting facts about germany - doner kebap
A chef preparing doner kebap. Image credit – Albert Skibinski

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 dayMay 23, 1949
Capital CityBerlin
(52°31′N 13°23′E)
Largest CityBerlin
(52°31′N 13°23′E)
Areatotal: 357,022 sq km
land: 348,672 sq km
water: 8,350 sq km
Population80,457,737 (July 2018 est.)
Official LanguageGerman
BordersDenmark, Poland, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Austria, France, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.
CurrencyEuro (€) (EUR)
ReligionChristianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism.
Life expectancy at birth80.9 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.
Suffrage18 years of age; universal
DemonymGerman
Government typefederal parliamentary republic
PresidentFrank-Walter Steinmeier
ChancellorAngela Merkel
National holidayUnity Day, 3 October (1990)
National symbolgolden eagle
National colorsblack, red, yellow
National anthem"Das Lied der Deutschen" (Song of the Germans)
Climatetemperate and marine; cool, cloudy, wet winters and summers; occasional warm mountain (foehn) wind
Terrainlowlands in north, uplands in center, Bavarian Alps in south
Mean elevation263 m
Lowest pointNeuendorf bei Wilster -3.5 m
Highest pointZugspitze 2,963 m
Natural resourcescoal, lignite, natural gas, iron ore, copper, nickel, uranium, potash, salt, construction materials, timber, arable land
Agricultural land48%
Birth rate8.6 births/1,000 population (2018 est.)
Death rate11.8 deaths/1,000 population (2018 est.)
Sex ratio0.96 male(s)/female (2018 est.)
Industriesamong 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 ZoneCET (UTC+1)
Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Internet country code.de
Calling Code+49
Drives on theRight
Table last updatedJuly 26, 2019