Germany

Pretzels, Schnitzel, the Oktoberfest, forests, cathedrals and beer springs to mind when anyone mentions Germany. Audi, Volkswagen, BMW and Mercedes-Benz of course also have their origin in Germany as does their fine wines: Pinot Blanc (Weissburgunder) and Pinot Gris (Grauburgunder). There are over 1,000 varities of sausage!

THREE things we did not know about Germany:

  1. Germany sells around 6 million cars a year, making it one of the largest car producers in the world. 65% of the highways in Germany have no speed limit and are called the Autobahn.
  2. The very first Oktoberfest was a wedding and took place on October 12, 1810. It lasted for five days and was meant to celebrate the marriage between the crown prince of Bavaria (who later became King Ludwig I) to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. It eventually grew into a yearly anniversary that included an annual agricultural fair, music, and food vendors. As time passed, booths became beer halls and brewers now build temporary structures that hold upwards of 6,000 people. Each year, about 2 million gallons of beer are consumed during Oktoberfest. It’s a festival that includes parades, amusement rides, games, and dancing. More than 6 million people come to celebrate Oktoberfest each year. 
  3. Gummy Bears are a German invention – Hans Riegel of Bonn, Germany created his own sweets company in 1920. He came up with the idea to create gelatin-based fruit snacks when his hard candies stopped selling at street fairs. 

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