Oguz Kaan Kısa · Jan. 27, 2021
We think there is a lot to love and learn about Germany, which is perceived as a country of order and efficiency thanks to the majority of the people of the country.
How about learning interesting facts about Germany, an exciting place filled with diverse backgrounds, located in the heart of Europe?
Germany has been known as "the country of poets and philosophers" with its long history. In addition to hosting many cultural and art venues, the country has 300 city and state theaters, 130 professional orchestras, over 25 thousand libraries, over 5700 museums and 630 art galleries with international collections. Especially in the field of classical music, composers such as Bach, Beethoven, Brahms and Wagner have a great role in Germany's cultural reputation. In addition, Germany's historical contributions to philosophy with its thinkers such as Kant, Hegel, Karl Marx, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche cannot be ignored. While writers such as Goethe, Schiller, Brothers Grimm, Thomas Mann, Brecht, Hermann Hesse, Günter Grass take part in both German and world literature, artists such as Hans Holbein, Albrecht Dürer, Caspar David Friedrich and Max Ernst have a great influence on renaissance, romance and surrealism.
Oktoberfest, a German tradition and the world's largest folk festival, has been held in Munich, Bavaria, Germany since 1810. Even though the event, which has over 5 million participants every year, is known as the October Festival, it starts in the last week of September every year and ends in the first week of October. Live music, games, funfair and beer are indispensable in the festival, where many events take place during the 2-week period. All of the beers distributed during the Oktoberfest, starting with the Munich mayor hitting the tap on the beer barrel and saying 'keg open', are all Munich made.
Berlin, the capital and largest city of Germany, leaves behind the city of Venice, famous for Italy's water canals and bridges, with around 2100 bridges. While the navigable waterways in the city are more than 180 kilometers, you can discover the historical texture of Berlin with a boat tour. Drawing attention with its cosmopolitan structure after New York, Paris and London with its modern art, rich history and vibrant nightlife, the city is not only the world's longest open-air gallery and the Berlin Wall illustrated by artists from 21 countries, it is the cultural center of the country.
Among the interesting information about Germany, it would not be without mentioning the country's numerous inventions from cars to aspirin, from prefabricated houses to jelly beans, from Christmas trees to binder notebooks. The most known of these are as follows;
- German inventor Karlheinz Brandenburg invented MP3, which revolutionized the music world and compressed music files to make them portable.
- The accordion and mouth harmonica, more identified with the French, were invented by Christian Friedrich Ludwig in 1822.
- The hole puncher, indispensable for offices, was found by Matthias Theel in 1886.
- The first gasoline-powered automobile was invented by German engineer Karl Benz.
- The first aspirin was discovered by the famous chemist Felix Hoffmann.
- Another invention in the field of music is the invention of the gramophone by Emile Berliner.
- The first x-ray machine was found by German physicist Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen.
- The first contact lenses, the first tricycle, the first computer, the first fax device, pocket watch, LCD screen, walkman, insulin, book printing and numerous inventions, the Germans are among the leading countries in the world.
If you are thinking about life in Germany, we recommend you to visit Zoologischer Garten, the world's largest zoo in Berlin. Zoologischer, the most comprehensive of more than 400 registered zoos in the country, first opened its doors in 1844 on an area of 35 hectares. The giant panda Bao Bao and the polar bear Knut are world-famous in the area, which hosts more than 19 thousand animals from 1380 different animal species.
The historical buildings of Germany, especially with gothic architecture, host millions of tourists every year. Among these, Ulm Cathedral, construction started in 1377, is the tallest church in the world. The tower of the church consists of 768 steps and is 161 meters high. Opened in 1880, the Gothic-style Cologne Cathedral is famous for its two 157-meter-high towers. Considered the most famous ruin in the world, Heidelberg Castle is a 16th and 17th century medieval castle. The castle, which attracts a million tourists every year, has been the subject of many songs and movies until today.
The most interesting facts about Germany is that it was the first country in the world to adopt daylight saving time in 1916. The application, which is used by 70 countries and put forward by Benjamin Franklin, was first used nationwide by Germany. Since 1996, European daylight saving time begins on the last Sunday in March and ends on the last Sunday in October.
Germany is one of the world's leading book publishers. Over 90 thousand new editions are made every year. The international Frankfurt Book Fair in the country, which covers approximately 20% of the books published all over the world, is the world's largest and most important book fair that has been traditional for over 500 years. At the same time, Erbauliche Monaths Unterredungen, dated 1663, is the world's first regularly published magazine and has an important place in today's magazine publishing industry.
It should be noted that among 10 interesting facts about Germany, the country has a total of 102 Nobel Prize winners in chemistry, physics, peace and literature. The role of hosting the world's most respected and quality educational institutions in the country is great. Germany is a country that has made the world's leading research and inventions especially in the field of science. The Georg-August University in Göttingen has trained 45 Nobel Prize-winning scientists since its establishment in 1734.
Germany, which has the strongest economy in Europe, has 37 companies among the 500 largest companies in the world and includes automobile manufacturers such as Volkswagen, Mercede-Benz, BMW, Audi and Porsche. In addition to being the world's largest automobile manufacturer, Germany also has a wide range of employment opportunities in engineering and design.