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