Learn with entertainment and expand general knowledge along the way. Here is my collection of fun facts about the German-speaking world.
- Friedrich Schiller, the famous poet, kept rotten apples in his desk drawer because the smell inspired him.
- The border between the Czech Republic and Germany is exactly 817 kilometers long, as is the border between Austria and Germany.
- You can listen to live debates in the German parliament by dialing +49 (0) 30 / 22 72 00 18.
- The slogan “Made in Germany” was originally intended to alert the English to the poor quality of German goods.
- Germany also had an official high summer time from 1947 to 1949. This required everyone to change the clocks four times: in March, May, June, and October.
- During the 2010 World Cup, Paul the octopus was the most popular animal in the country: as an oracle in his aquarium, he correctly predicted the winner of all German team matches, including the final.
- In Regensburg, Bavaria, there is an 875-year-old fast-food snack bar. Today it is called “Wurstkucherl” and serves bratwurst and sauerkraut.
- Seen from space, the division of Berlin can still be seen today. While the streetlights in the east appear in warm yellow, it shines with blue-white light in the west. The reason for this is the illuminants, which were used differently in the FRG and the GDR.
The article will be expanded regularly!