German Culture Facts

German Culture Facts
The culture of Germany includes its philosophy, music, literature, cinema, language, art, architecture, cuisine, design, sports, and religion. Germany is well-known for some of its cultural celebrations such as Oktoberfest, its Christmas customs, and 38 UNESCO World Heritage sites. Germany's oldest settlements originate from the Romans and today are some of the countries urban centers. Although considered one of the most respected countries in the world today, Germany's image was severely damaged in the eyes of the world following World War II and the murder of over six millions Jews under the Nazis.
Interesting German Culture Facts:
Germany's official language is German, but other languages such as Frisian, Danish, Sorbian, Turkish, Kurdish, Polish, Russian, and Balkan languages are also spoken.
Literature in the German culture dates back to the Middle Ages with authors such as Wolfram von Eschenbach. The fairy tales of the brothers Grimm date back to the 1800s in Germany.
German music culture has produced many famous classical composers including Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Handel, Johann Strauss II, Wagner, and many more.
Germany's music culture is considered to be the world's third largest producing acts such as Rammstein, Scorpions, and Tokio Hotel.
Germany's architecture includes Ottonian and Carolingian styles as well as Renaissance, Baroque, and Gothic.
German culture stresses privacy, structure, and being punctual. As a culture the German people tend to prize perfectionism and precision, and can sometimes appear to be unfriendly.
In the German culture Christianity encompasses between 65 to 70 percent of the population, while Muslims make up 3.7 percent.
In the German culture, traditional food is very rich. The most commonly eaten meat is pork, while sausage such as bratwurst is also popular. Cabbage, potatoes, and sauerkraut are very common foods as well.
The most commonly consumed and most popular alcoholic beverage in the German culture is beer. Schnapps and brandy are also commonly enjoyed.
Germany is also beginning to create its own wine culture, which is growing in popularity but unlikely to ever rival the beer culture in the country.
Oktoberfest is a celebration that begins in mid-September each year In Munich. It is known worldwide and tourists flock to the festival to enjoy the celebration every year. It is also celebrated in other countries, such as Canada and the United States.
It is estimated that in Germany, where fast high performance cars are popular, roughly 70% of the roads do not have speed limit.
Germany is known for its bread variety, where there are roughly 300 different kinds.
Germany's culture is also influenced by its major industries such as automobile manufacturing, metal products, electrical appliances, chemicals, plastics, and food processing, as well as coal.
The local church is the dominant part of most German cities and towns. Many are protected by cultural preservation efforts today.
German holidays include New Year's (Sylvester), Mardi Gras (Karneval), Easter (Ostern), Ascension Day (Himmelfahrt), Pentecost (Pfingsten), Christmas (Weihnachten) and the Day of German Unity.
Kris Kringle, which is the American Santa Claus, is derived from Christkindl, a character in German culture which is a spirit-like child with blond hair and angel wings.

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