By Hilary Picken | January 15, 2019 | Doing Business Abroad
Just as the UK is famous for a good roast dinner and Italy is famous for its pizza and pasta, Germany is also famous for several unique things too. Here is our list of the Top 10 things that Germany can be proud to claim as its own national delights.
Beer has lots of nutrients such as protein, B vitamins, phosphorus, magnesium, selenium, iron, niacin and riboflavin, but drinking in excess can be harmful to your health in general too. That said, Germany produces some of the world’s most famous beers, including Becks and Stein and is the third highest beer-drinking country after the Czech Republic and Austria.
Oktoberfest is one of the most famous festivals in the world. Despite its name, Oktoberfest actually takes place in late September and is a festival that brings people from all over the world to enjoy German culture, beer and wine.
Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven. Bach was an organist, composer, violinist and violist and is regarded as one of the best classical composers of all time. Two of his best and well-known pieces include the Brandenburg Concertos and Air on the G String. Beethoven was a composer and pianist with an extremely strong influence on the transition between the Classical and Romantic periods. Some of his best works, such as 9th symphony were created after he had become almost completely deaf.
More often than not, German castles are made up of towers and turrets that sit on mountain tops. Each castle is rich in history and beauty and several have been restored, which means they still keep their beauty today. In some cases, the castles are still lived in by the families who originally built them.
Funnily enough, some of the most classic Disney movies have relied on Germany’s architectural influence. Well-known castles shown in Disney cartoons like Cinderella, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White were all based on beautiful castles first built in Germany.
Gingerbread houses were first depicted in the famous story ‘Hansel and Gretel’, which was published in a collection of German fairy tales in 1812 by the Grimm brothers. Shortly after this, a German opera was created and performed a few days before Christmas using the same title and it soon became a tradition during the Christmas period for German opera houses to build miniature gingerbread houses that were a replica to what was described in the story. This tradition spread to bakeries and then to homes.
Germany is credited with starting the Christmas tree tradition as we now know it in the 16th century when devout Christians brought decorated trees into their homes. It is a widely believed that Martin Luther, the 16th-century Protestant reformer, first added lighted candles to a tree.
In Germany, bread is more than just food and is actually part of German culture. Germany produces more varieties of bread than any other country and can boast over 300 types of dark and white breads, and 1,200 types of roll and mini roll.
German sausages or Wurst are a big part of German cuisine. There are over 1,500 different types of Wurst in Germany, including Blutwurst, Weisswurst and Frankfurters. German sausages can be enjoyed with various types of German sauces, but are often also served with tomato ketchup or mayonnaise.
The bunny is a symbol for Easter and was first mentioned in writings in 15th century Germany. The first edible Easter bunnies were made of pastry and sugar and also produced in Germany in the early 1800s. Around that time, children made nests of grass that they would leave for the Easter bunny to fill during the night with brightly decorated eggs.
The automotive industry in Germany has an annual output of about six million cars, which makes it the leader in car manufacturing in Europe and the top 5 in the world.
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