Here are some fun facts about Germany if you’re travelling to the country this spring break.
Germany has been one of the top tourist destinations in the world for quite some time now. The cultural exposure is immense and there’s something for everybody to pursue. Here are some fun facts about Germany just to get you a little more convinced about why you should travel to this beautiful country this spring.
- Everybody, even a stranger, will smile at you and say Hallo!
The slightest eye contact or brush at a restaurant door and you can expect a welcoming grin. Rules out the chance of awkward gaze to an extent, doesn’t it?
- Traffic signals are strictly followed.
There are road signals for pedestrians as well as for those driving. You will notice that unless the signal for pedestrians turn green, people will be firmly parked at the sidewalk, even if there is no traffic.
- Germany has more cultural activities and places than any other country.
No kidding, it had 6,200 museums, 820 theatres, 130 professional orchestras, and 8,800 libraries in 2013. There are more museums, exhibition halls and art galleries than in any other country, with more people going to exhibitions than to soccer matches.
- It’s okay to break the Purity Law here.
In fact, after the EU set its nations free of the obligations under this law, interesting beverages, such as the Radler and the Russe, have gained popularity in the country. So, you can absolutely mix any beverage you like and nobody will look down upon you. Even an old-school mixologist will surprise you with a rare combination hard to find anywhere else in the world.
- You’ll be paid for the empty juice/water/beer bottles when you return them (known as Pfand).
For glass or heavy-duty plastic bottles that can be refilled (in German: Mehrwegflaschen), there is a €0.08 refund per bottle, and for recyclable but non-reusable thin plastic bottles and aluminium cans (known as Einwegflaschen) it’s €0.25 per bottle. Could it get any cooler than this?
- German is the official language of 5 countries.
Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein all share a common official language. It is also spoken in Northern Italy and the French provinces of Alsace and Lorraine. It is not only the third commonly taught language in the world, but back home in Germany, there are no less than 35 dialects.
- Berlin has the largest train station in Europe
One of the busiest hub in the continent, Berlin Hauptbahnhof has multiple platforms bringing in traffic from other European nations. The lowest level runs 15 metres underground and the station sees a footfall of 3,00,000 passengers every day—a huge number for Europe.
- There are over 60 beer gardens in Munich
The love for beer has granted it a ‘food’ status in Bavaria.
- 65% of the highways have no speed limit.
In general, the locals are self-educating and responsible. Even with no speed limits, there are rarely any road accidents.
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