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16 Interesting Facts über Deutschland that you probably didn’t know!


A few fun facts I have learned since being here:

– Germany is the second largest beer consumer in the world.

– Europe’s largest economy is Germany

-Germany has over 400 kinds of bread

-The Christmas tree tradition originated in Germany

– Germany has won the Soccer World Championships 3 times. Here is a patriotic German Soccer song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmza81pII8o)

-Some nicknames for FC Bayern Munich include Der FCB, Die Bayern, and FC Hollywood.

-There are three types of High School: Hauptschule (lowest), Realschule (average), and Gymnasium (highest). which most likely influence where you go after school (trade school or university).

-BMW originated from Bayern [De Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft]

-Lederhosen are not common to wear outside of Bavaria, unless it is Carnival. People WILL look at you quite strange.

-Carnival is one of the largest holidays in the South of Germany (Cologne/Küln). The 11th of the 11th Month (November) literally becomes a “living carnival” where everyone wears costumes and celebrates.

-Germany has been united since that 1989, when the Berlin Wall fell.

-North Germany is mostly flat, whereas the South has many hills and mountains.

-Til Schweiger, the “German Brad Pitt,” is even born one day after Pitt.


-70% of German highways have no speed limit.

-Oktoberfest starts in September.

-About a quarter of all American citizens claim at least partial German ancestry.


Comment if you learned anything new!


Kind Regards,

Igor Bayluk

Author: Igor Miller

A passionate Swiss hotelier with a love for adventure, entrepreneurship, experiencing cultures and people.

2 thoughts on “16 Interesting Facts über Deutschland that you probably didn’t know!

  1. Hi Igor!
    I’m apply to CBYX myself and I was wondering which school you go to in Germany. Hauptstadt, Realschule or Gymnasium?

    • Hello Curiouscheerleader, I believe if you are in the CBYX program, you should go to a Gymnasium, or a IGS (Integriert Gesampt Schule) which means, they are all combined. You WILL Not go to a Hauptschule, because that is very extreme and for really bad kids.

      I hope you understood. Feel free to leave more questions.

      Best, Igor

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