Germany

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Location: Central Europe

Bordering Countries: Denmark, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Switzerland, France, Belgium

Capital City: Berlin

Other Main Cities: Munich, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Cologne, Hamburg, Dresden, Leipzig, Heidelberg, Weimar, Düsseldorf, Stralsund, Lübeck, Marburg, Baden-Baden, Tübingen, Freiburg, Nuremberg, Regensburg, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Bamberg

Language(s): German

Population: 81 million+

Religion: Christianity (66.8%), Protestant (31.7%),  Islam 1.9%), Buddhism (0.3%), Hinduism (0.1%), Judaism (0.1%),

Currency: Euro (EUR)

National Airlines: Lufthansa

Known for: Beer, dirndl, Porsche, Oktoberfest, Pretzel, BMW, cathedrals, Mercedes, sausages, Beethoven, rye bread, Audi, Opel, Volkswagen, rivers, The Berlin Wall, Christmas Markets, World War II, architecture, nature, forests, philosophers, Bach, castles, Hansel and Gretel

Celebrations and Festivals: Karneval, International Film Festival (Berlin), Book Fair (Leipzig), Ballet Week (Munich), Bach Festival (Thuringia), Rhein in Flammen (Rein), Rock am Ring (Nürberg), Rock im Park (Nuremberg), Keiler Woche (Keil), International Africa Festival (Tubingen), Opera Festival (Munich), Festival Mediaval (Selb), Oktoberfest (Munich), Book Fair (Frankfurt)

Fun Facts…

  • Germany is Europe’s largest economy
  • There are over 300 types of bread in Germany
  • German is the official language of 5 countries: Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg and Lichtenstein
  • “Müller” is the most popular German surname
  • Germans are the second largest consumers of beer in the world, after the Irish
  • The first book to be printed was German
  • The famous balcony where Michael Jackson dangled his son was in Berlin
  • German is the third most commonly taught language in the world
  • When JFK visited Berlin he said “Ich bin ein Berliner” which translates to “I am a jam donut”
  • Ulm is home to the world’s highest Cathedral
  • Most taxi’s in Germany are Mercedes
  • There are over 150 castles in Germany
  • Denial of the Holocaust is a crime in Germany
  • Berlin has the largest train station in Europe
  • Albert Einstein married his cousin
  • Adidas was founded by a Bavarian, and his brother founded Puma
  • There are over 60 beer gardens in Munich
  • The Berlin Wall fell in 1989