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The country of artists like Albrecht Dürer, musicians like Johann Sebastian Bach or scientists like Albert Einstein. Many people first think of sausage, sauerkraut, beer and lederhosen when they hear Germany. Did you know that there are over 1,000 different types of sausages?
Who is the real German?
Germans are multicultural and love to meet and celebrate traditionally during th carnival season, at the Oktoberfest and other beer festivals or at music festivals – and all this with good food and good wines. With around 82 million inhabitants, Germany has the largest population of any European country. Typical German characteristics are punctuality, organisational talent and a somewhat rough tone in the language.
Germany: a country with different landscapes
Germany is a country rich in natural beauty. One third of the country is still covered with forests. Between the North Sea and Baltic coasts in the north and the peaks of the Alps in the south, there are very different landscapes, from wide river and lake landscapes to hilly plateaus and wooded areas to agricultural plains and industrial sites. At 2,963 metres, the Zugspitze is the highest mountain in Germany. Germany’s longest river is the Rhine, which flows through the country for a total of 865 kilometres. Germany has 16 national parks and 104 nature reserves.
Neuschwanstein Castle is a real eye-catcher and is known by many people all over the world.
A strong German industry
Strong companies, such as Volkswagen, E-on and the Schwarz Group Lidl, settle in Germany and make Germany an industrial nation together with many other companies. It is not for nothing that Germany is appreciated for its engineering skills. Trade in machinery in particular is strengthening the German economy and contributing to its steady upswing.
Passenger traffic, airlines and private aircraft
Last year, 223 million passengers were carried at German airports. The largest airports are Frankfurt, Munich, Düsseldorf, Berlin and Hamburg. In addition to a large number of smaller airports and runways, there are around 39 larger airports in Germany that take passengers to their destinations every day.
Frankfurt is the busiest airport in Germany. Many of the passengers had Frankfurt as their destination because the city is an important economic centre. Frankfurt is also a transhipment centre for air and rail connections to other German cities and transhipment centres in many other countries, especially to Eastern Europe and Asia.
The German market is not only one of the strongest economies in the world, but also plays a leading role in private taxi traffic. Particularly popular private jet destinations from Germany are Zurich, Paris, Moscow and London.
Fun Facts about Germany
– 65% of the highways in Germany (Autobahn) have no speed limit
– The Christmas tree tradition came from Germany
– Germany has over 400 zoos, the most in the world
– In Germany there’s no punishment for a prisoner who tries to escape from jail, because it is a basic human instinct to be free