Germany has long been a crossroads and cultural hub of Central Europe. From its ancient history, thriving economy, interesting culture and delicious cuisine, it’s easy to see why it is such a sought after nation to visit in the EU. Whether you’re a nature lover, a history buff or foodie, there’s something for everyone. Which is why we put together these fast facts about Germany to make planning your next trip even more exciting.
7 of the Most Interesting Facts About Germany
1. It’s the most populous country in the EU
With a population of more than 83 million, Germany is by far the most populous nation in the entire European Union. This puts Germany ahead of France by nearly 20 million and Italy by 25 million. Thanks to its enormous population however, Germany also boasts one of the largest and most influential economies in the world.
2. Germany is covered in forests
It’s no secret that Germany is famous for its natural beauty and despite its enormous population, a large portion of it is still left untouched. In fact, a whopping one third of the country remains forested which means there’s plenty of unspoilt beauty to explore. Among the most famous forest you’ll find the Black Forest and the Bavarian Forest National Park.
3. It’s home to the largest zoo in the world
Head to Berlin and you’ll find the Berlin Zoological Garden. This enormous zoo is the oldest in the country and also the largest i the entire world by acreage. If that weren’t enough, it also holds the largest and most comprehensive collection of species around the globe with more than 1,300 different kinds of species.
4. It also claims the world’s tallest church
The Ulm Minster in Ulm Germany takes first place for the world’s tallest church. Towering to around 160 meters or 530 feet, you’ll need to climb 768 steps to reach the top. The only church that comes close the Ulm Minster is Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia which, when completed, will overtake the title for the tallest church.
5. Berlin’s bridges will surprise you
When most people imagine Berlin, they picture an artsy hub loaded with history and fringe bars. And they aren’t wrong. However, Berlin’s bridges and canals are its best kept secrets. For instance, did you know that Berlin has more bridges than Venice? The capital city boasts 960 bridges and helps to house Europe’s largest inland water network.
6. German has the largest native speaking population in the EU
In addition to having the largest population, German is also the largest native spoken language in the EU. And it’s not without reason, once upon a time, German was the main language of choice for much central, eastern and northern Europe. Outside of the EU, it is the second most spoken native language in the whole of Europe second only to Russian.
7. Germany has more cultured places and activities than anywhere else
When we say Germany is a cultured place, we mean it. In fact, Germany has more cultural activities and place than any other country. With more than 6,200 museums, 820 theatres and nearly 9,000 libraries, it’s easy to see why it’s hailed as a cultural and historical hub of Europe and the world.