Germany is the fifth largest country in Europe , with an area of 357.021 square kilometers. Only Ukraine, France, Spain and Sweden are higher.
Germany currently has approximately 80.7 million inhabitants, the most populous country of the European Union .
Germany is the second most popular destination for immigrants , after the United States.
Germany is the seventh most visited country in the world , with a total of 407.26 million overnight stays registered in 2012.
Berlin is nine times bigger than Paris .
German is the language with the most native speakers in Europe . This is because, apart from Germany is the most populous country on the continent, the other four countries use German as the official language. These countries are: Austria, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein and Switzerland. In northern Italy and the French provinces of Alsace and Lorraine the population also speaks German.
There are 35 different dialects in the German language .
The country's capital has changed many times over the years. The cities that have been the German capital are primarily Aachen (from the year 794), Regensburg, Frankfurt am Main, Nuremberg, Berlin, Weimar, Bonn (capital of West Germany) , and (since reunification in 1990) , Berlin .
Germany was the first country to adopt daylight saving time to control the consumption of electricity. This happened in 1916, during the First World War.
In 2012 the most popular names among newborn children were Sophie / Sofie for girls and for boys Maximilian . Nothing Frida nor Fritz.
The most popular German last name Müller
Germany is the second largest producer of cars in the world , having sold 5.9 million cars in 2011. The VW Golf is the greatest best seller: in 2012 sold more than 430,000 Golfs visor Europe
In 2013 the best - selling German car brands were Volkswagen, Mercedes, Audi and BMW - in that order.
Most German taxis are Mercedes brand .
" Trabant ", the name given to cars used in Germany Orienta literally means "satellite". This was a tribute to the first satellite of the story: the Soviet Sputnik , who went into space in 1957.
The Autobahn is the oldest motorway in the world and also one of the largest further 65% of the Autobahn has no speed limit marked.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel was elected by Forbes magazine the second most powerful person in the world in 2012.
In 2009, during the anniversary celebrations of 50 years of Barbie, Mattel produced a Barbie Angela Merkel.
Germany has more cultural activities than anywhere else in the world. Featuring 6200 museums, 820 theaters, 130 orchestras and 8800 libraries in 2013. In 1998 Germany had almost the same amount of Museums of the UK to Italy together.
More than 800 million currywursts are eaten in Germany every year. Currywurst is a typical compound German sausage plate with a sauce and curry.
Around 7 million currywursts are eaten per year just in Berlin and the city even has a museum dedicated to the popular dish.
According to research, 9% of Germany's population are vegetarians , about 7.38 million people. That leaves Germany third in Europe, behind Italy and Sweden.
Unlike most European countries, Germany allows the consumption of alcoholic beverages on the street and public places .
The Weihenstephaner brewery in the state of Bavaria, is the oldest brewery in the world , in operation since the year 1040.
In most restaurants, beer costs the same, or in some cases even less than water .
Germany is the third largest consumer of the world's beer , behind the Czech Republic and Austria.
The German football league was founded in 1900 in Leipzig .
The hotel where Michael Jackson shook his son out of the balcony is in Berlin's Pariser Platz.
The narrowest street in the world is in Germany , in a town called Reutlingen. The street name is Spreuerhofstrasse and she has 31cm at its narrowest part.
Same - sex couples can adopt children in Germany (since one of the two is father / biological mother) and any form of discrimination against homosexuals is a crime .
The Berlin Zoo is the world's largest and throughout Germany there are more than 400 registered zoos.
The Cologne Cathedral was the tallest building in the world between 1880 and 1889 and took 632 years to be built.
The cathedral city of Ulm is the tallest church in the world with 161.53 meters high , equivalent to a building of 65 floors.
The cuckoo clock was invented in Germany in the 17th century and the two largest cuckoo clocks in the world are in Schonach in the Black Forest region. One of these watches comes to measuring five meters and weigh 150kg.
More than 300 bunkers and hundreds of kilometers of underground tunnels built during the Nazi era still exist beneath the city of Berlin, even though most of these things is inaccessible or even flooded.
In Germany most people does not cross the street while the signal is not green for pedestrian , even if it is not coming any car. People do this because this is the rule and also because there is a fine for anyone caught crossing with the red light.
Most German establishments do not accept credit card , even large stores and supermarkets. Usually working with money and debit card.
In general, the cinemas show only movies dubbed in German . There are only a few cinemas with movies sessions in the original language.
Researchers believe that the first Christmas tree story would have arisen in Freiburg , southern Germany, in the year 1419.
In Germany there is a kind of "Santa Claus Evil" , called Krampus as Santa Noel dá presentes to good children, Krampus warns and punishes bad children. The word Krampus comes from Krampen word for "claw" Old High German.
In most German homes people remove their shoes before entering , including visits.
Germany is not allowed to download via torrent . The punishment for this is a high fine.
Germany Youtube does not play much of the music videos . This is because the German copyright agency (Gem) is not in accordance with the guidelines for the YouTube copyright control and won in court the ban on serving music videos here.
Deny Holocauto the event is crime under German law.
There are more than 150 castles and palaces in Germany .
A third of the country is still covered by woods and forests .
The Adidas brand was founded by Bavarian Adolf "Adi" Dassler and his brother founded the Puma brand.
The Germans have no compunction to blow your nose loudly anywhere , anytime. The habit of sniffling we have is unacceptable for them in the second sniff already have a German offering a handkerchief.
The Berlin Wall fell in 1989 , the year we were born!