Germany: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 2)

Gothic cathedral in Cologne, Germany /
Gothic cathedral in Cologne, Germany /

We already brought you part one of our list of 15 things you probably did not know about Germany, and now we’re back with part two! Check out eight more fascinating facts about the country and popular travel destination that you definitely (probably) did not know below. You might be surprised by what you find out!

Number Eight: Mark Twain Hated Its Language. Twain was notorious for his disdain of the German language, and in fact, he once said, “I never knew before what eternity was made for. It is to give some of us a chance to learn German.”

Number Seven: The Chancellor’s Office Is a Washing Machine. Well, sort of. The office of the Chancellor in Berlin is known as the “washing machine” to its locals.

Number Six: It Has More Than 300 Kinds of Bread. You’ve probably been able to guess that the Germans like their carbs – beer and pretzels, after all. However, you might not know that the country is home to over 300 different types of bread. That’s a lot of sandwich options!

Number Five: In Germany, Currywurst Has Its Own Museum. Currywurst is a local German dish that entails bits and pieces of pork sausage being doused in a spicy curry ketchup. The dish must be pretty important, too, because it has its own museum in Berlin.

Number Four: It’s Really Easy to Break the Law. And that’s because Germany has some of the most bizarre laws in the world. It’s illegal to use the washing machine (no, not the Chancellor’s office) after eight at night, and it’s also illegal to recycle on Sundays.

Number Three: But It’s Legal to Drink in Public. You won’t be fined for opening a beer in the middle of a street in Germany because it’s completely legal! Kids as young as 14 years old won’t be bothered for drinking in public.

Number Two: First Graders Receive Cones on Their First Day of School. It might sound crazy, but it’s true! On their first day of school, every first grader receives a cone that contains all sorts of toys and candy. The tradition is meant to celebrate the “seriousness” of life, and some kids today are even lucky enough to get cell phones and video games in their cones.

Number One: Its Government Has Some Say Over Baby Names. And it can reject a name choice if it deems it too “weird.” The law states that a baby must be identifiable by gender from its first name, so if you name your child “Apple” in Germany, you might have some explaining to do. We hope you enjoyed our list of 15 things you didn’t know about Germany!