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

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Berlin is one of the must-see destinations for anyone touring Europe. Rich with history, famous for its vibrant nightlife, and full of beautiful natural landscapes and castles, there’s a reason why we’ve all heard of this city. Here’s part two of our list of facts about it.

Number Eight: Over 127 Tons of Sausage

This is the amount consumed every day by people in Berlin. A lot of people already knew that Germans love their sausages, but this goes beyond love.

Number Seven: Lots of Dog Owners

It’s estimated that 1 in every 32 inhabitants of Berlin has a four-legged friend, but these are only the numbers on record. To avoid taxes, a lot of pet owners wouldn’t mention they have a dog, which would mean that the numbers are probably closer to 1 in every 20.

Number Six: Two Berlin Walls

There was a 27 mile long part of the famous Berlin wall, which actually consisted of two separate concrete walls. This was known as the “death strip” due to its watchtowers and trip-wire machine gun installations.

Number Five: Modern Germany Is Relatively Young

It’s only existed since the 1990s when the wall fell and East and West Germany were reunited. Before this, “Germany” only referred to a specific area in Central Europe which was run by the Germanic “Frank” tribe.

Number Four: More Doner Shops than Istanbul

At least 1,600 different restaurants sell this delicious Turkish food item. Amazingly, this is more than the capital of Turkey itself has.

Number Three: The JFK Misconception

Back in 1963, John F. Kennedy gave a famous speech in the German capital. He referred to himself as a “Berliner” in order to establish his solidarity with the residents. This was misunderstood by some people who thought he mistakenly referred to himself as a jelly doughnut known by the same name.

Number Two: The Longest Open Air Gallery

This place is called the East Side Gallery, and it contains the longest still surviving stretch of the Berlin Wall. The section has been painted on by artists from all over the world.

Number One: It’s Nine Times the Size of Paris

Though these two are both capitals, one is much more massive than the other. We hope you enjoyed part two of our list of facts about the capital of Germany.

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