Fun Facts about Germany…

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Here are some interesting facts and phrases you might like to ‘wow’ with during your visit to Germany. Remember, Germany is more similar to Britain than you think!

Fun facts

  1. Germans are the second largest beer consumers in the world, after the Irish.
  2. Beer is officially considered a food in Bavaria (Munich is the capital).
  3. Germany is Europe’s largest economy.
  4. While it is called Oktoberfest, it actually starts in September.
  5. German is the third most commonly taught language worldwide.
  6. Munich is further north than any major US city.
  7. When JFK visited Berlin, he infamously said “Ich bin ein Berliner,” which also translates to “I am a donut.”
  8. To ask for a beer in a pub, you would use your thumb to indicate “one” rather than your index finger.
  9. The longest word published in the German language is Donaudampfschifffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswerkbauunterbeamtengesellschaft (79 letters)!
  10. The Christmas tree (Tannenbaum) tradition came from Germany.
  11. Germany borders 9 countries (Austria, France, Switzerland, Denmark, Belgium, Luxemburg, Holland, Czech Republic, and Poland).
  12. There are over 60 beer gardens in Munich.
  13. There are over 1,000 kinds of sausages in Germany.
  14. FC Bayern is the most successful team in the Bundesliga having won four times (1974, 1975, 1976, 2001).
  15. 70 percent of German motorways have no speed limit.

Useful German phrases

  • servus
  • bitte
  • danke
  • ja
  • nein
  • prost!
  • Guten Morgen / Guten Tag / Guten Abend
  • Gute Nacht
  • Entschuldigung
  • Hauptbahnhof
  • Ich heisse…
  • Ein Bier bitte
  • Guten Appetit
  • Wo ist die Toilette?
  • Wie komme ich zum Bahnhof?
  • Wie sagt man…auf Deutsch?
  • Schoenen Tag noch!
  • auf Wiedersehen
  • Wie bitte?

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