Germany is famous for Octoberfest – an annual festival stuffed with culture, food and drinking. The country is famous for its beers and is home to the oldest brewery in the world, this festival offers a great opportunity for these to be enjoyed. Germany is also known for its contributions to the automotive industry with Manufacturers like Volkswagen, Porsche, Mercedes, BMW and Audi are all German Brands. The country boasts a long list of historical figures like; Martin Luther, Johannes Gutenberg, bach, composers such as Wagner, Beethoven and Hitler, and world-famous philosophers, namely, Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Heidegger, to name but a few. Germany is credited for many inventions, the world enjoys today, for example; the calculator, the light bulb, petrol and diesel engines and the jet engine and television.
Germany became a united country is 1871 by a politician named Otto von Bismark, in the 19th century began to compete with other nation in setting up colonies around the world, this contributed to the tensions that led to WW1 in 1914, Germany lost the war and the country suffered for many years after trying to rebuild the country. Hitler and the Nazi party came to power in 1933 with the promise to make Germany ‘great again’ in 1939 Hitler invaded Poland which kicked off WW2, during the war Hitler and his party killed millions of Jewish people and many other groups of people, the war ended in 1945 with the Germans defeat. Germany was then divided into east and west which was a standoff between the soviet union and western powers, this confrontation known as the cold war lasted 44 years up until 1989 with the collapse of the Berlin wall – the symbol of the divide. The Berlin wall is today one of Germany’s most famous structures. Over time, West Germany recovered to become Europe’s richest country. Germany shares borders with nine countries – France, Luxembourg, Denmark, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic, the Netherlands and Poland.
Food is a big part of German culture; Sauerkraut and bratwurst sausages are two of the foods most commonly associated with the country. In addition to being known for beer and bratwurst, Germany is known for its contributions to the automotive industry. Manufacturers like Volkswagen, Porsche, Mercedes, BMW and Audi are all German Brands.
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Population: 82 million
Germany is the most populous European country (apart from Russia), with a population of 82 million. It is estimated that one one in every ten Germans comes from a foreign country with the largest minority being Turkish, who started to come to Germany in the 1950s to work. About two-thirds of Germans are Christians. Germans are known for their work ethic, time keeping and precision.
Germany is famous for its variety of bread and sausages. They tend to eat heavy and hearty meals and each region will have its own speciality dish. Bratwurst, a form of sausage, is closely associated with German food. Cabbage, beets, and turnips are commonly incorporated into meals, as they are native to the region, and potatoes and sauerkraut are also stars of German cuisine.
Germany is home to the famous black forest a mountainous region full of pines and fir trees and is the source of the Danube river – one of Europe’s longest rivers. Germans have been pioneers of the green ecological movement. Ther term ‘ecology’ was coined by a german biologist and the First green party was founded in 1979 in Germany and is one of the only countries where they have been part of a coalition government. Germany put a lot of resources into renewable energy and are avid recyclers.
Germany looks after their wildlife well with 97 nature reserves, the biggest being the black forest. Many species are still at risk however including; beavers, minks and certain species of whales. Germany has the flat northern coast which is home to sea life and birds and mountains the south with wild cats, boars, ibex and other large animals.
Germany is said to have the largest LGBTQ community in Europe. Discrimination is illegal and it would rare to experience any whilst visiting the country. Public displays of affection are quite common all round in Germany. Germany does not, however, practise equal rights when it comes to marriage and adoption.