One of the most populated and economically profitable countries in Europe, Germany has evolved from the darkest days of the second world war and has firmly established itself as a 21st century European superpower.
With such a vast and diverse history very few could ever claim to be true experts on the country that has offered us such significant historical events.
At Whereabouts Holidays we offer a great selection of walking holidays in Germany, which is why it might be a good idea to do a little research before you set out on your German walking holiday adventure!
Here are nine interesting facts you didn’t know about Germany:
Beer has become more synonymous with Germany than anything else and with good reason.
The country as a whole consumes an extraordinary amount of beer each year and is consistently ranked amongst the top five ranked beer drinking countries per capita.
If you’re planning a trip to Germany you’d better be ready to immerse yourself in the German beer culture!
The German festival of Oktoberfest is the world’s largest and most recognisable beer festival.
Lovers of frothy ale from all over the world converge on Munich every year to join in with the festivities.
But, did you know that Oktoberfest actually begins in September?
In fact, more often than not, the festival occupies more days in the month of September than it does in October.
There are approximately 100 million German speaking people in the world.
Over the centuries the German language has developed into one of the world’s primarily spoken languages, dominating much of central Europe close to the country itself.
Countries which speak Germany as a main language include Germany, Austria, Luxembourg, Lichtenstein, Switzerland and Belgium.
But you will also find German speakers in certain areas of Italy, Slovakia and even Brazil.
When you think of Germany chances are you’ll think of beer, hearty meats and lederhosen, right?
In that case you’re forgetting about some of the classic music the country has offered over the centuries.
Beethoven, Bach and Brahms all emanated from the German land.
Germany is undoubtedly the land of sausages. It might be a bit of a stereotype, but that doesn’t make it any less true.
With over 1500 varieties of sausage available, you’ll never run out of options!
Whether eaten as a street food or serves as part of a fine meal, you’ll never look at bangers and mash the same way again.
Now, speaking of sausages…
800 million Currywurst?!
Yes, you read that right.
Currywurst is a ridiculously popular fast food dish served in Germany. Heck, it’s so popular it may as well be on the German flag.
It is comprised of steamed pork sausage served with various types of curry sauce.
Approximately 800 million currywurst are consumed in Germany every year.
At least now you know why you’ll be seeing so many of them!
First ever printed book
Walk into any bookshop in the world and you’ll see shelves made up of hundreds and thousands of perfectly printed texts. You have the Germans to thank for that.
Specifically Johann Gutenberg; he invented the world’s first fully-functioning printing press in 1455 forever changing the way we read text.
His first print was a copy of the Bible which later became known as the ‘Gutenberg Bible’ for obvious reasons.
It’s recognised as the very first printed book in history.
Out of all the incredible architectural achievements in Germany, Cologne cathedral might just be the most impressive.
Standing at 157 metres tall its series of intricate spires and towers are a marvel to behold.
Construction originally began back in 1248 but has been continuing on and off ever since for various reasons over the centuries.
All in all it took over 600 years to reach the point it’s at now.
The most iconic gothic landmark on the planet.
Castles are wonderful examples of centuries gone by.
The ones that remain standing after all these years make popular tourist destinations all over the world.
Well, if you go to Germany, you might want to give yourself a bit of spare time if you plan on going castle hunting.
According to the European Castle Institute based in Germany the current number of known castles in the country currently stands at a whopping 25,000 and rising!
Not all castles included in this list are still standing, of course. But that doesn’t make the number any less shocking.
At Whereabouts Holidays we provide walking tours across some of Germany’s most awe-inspiring sights, meaning you’ll be able to sample some of these exquisite castles first hand! Including our Munich to the King’s Castles walking holiday.
If you’d like to see what other awe-inspiring adventures in Germany we have to offer, hit the link here.