Colourful Gummy Bears

9 Fun facts about Germany

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Let's be German and get straight to the point.

9. The “Deutsches Currywurst Museum” in Berlin is dedicated to the popular fast food dish, the German currywurst.

Currywurst

 

8. German is the official language in Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein, and one of the official languages in Switzerland, Luxembourg AND also Belgium.

Europe Map

 

7. Oktoberfest actually starts in September and only ends in October.

Oktoberfest

 

6. Germany has the most football clubs in the world.

German Football Clubs

 

5. There are 35 dialects of the German language.

Germany Map

 

4. The world’s narrowest street is in Reutlingen, Germany and is called “Spreuerhofstraße” and ranges from 31 cm (12.2 in) to 50 cm (19.7 in) in width.

Narrowest street in the world sign

 

3. The longest word published in German is: Donaudampfschifffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswerkbauunterbeamtengesellschaft (79 letters).

Steamboat

In case you wonder what the longest German word means translated into English: "The Association for Subordinate Officials of the Head Office Management of the Danube Steamboat Electrical Services."

2. In Germany every child gets a large cone filled with candy and toys on the first day of the first grade.

Large cone filled with candy and toys

 

1. Gummy bears were invented by Hans Riegel in Bonn, Germany (hence the name “Haribo”).

Gummy bears

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Born and raised in Germany and having studied three different countries, I am currently enjoying Scotland in all of its glory.