The most popular German festival is the world-famous Oktoberfest (“October Festival”), which is celebrated annually in Munich. Its origins can be traced back to the marriage of Bavarian Prince Louis and his beloved Princess Teresa. Exactly what happened on 12 October 1870. The event had the character of a festival, and due to the quite high popularity and satisfaction it brought to the inhabitants of the city, the royal court decided to repeat it in the following years. The tradition of today’s Oktoberfest is more than 200 years old. In 1872 it was decided to move the event from October to the last weekend of September, when the opening ceremony of the Oktoberfest begins and lasts for 16 days and nights, from morning to night. According to the festival rules, beer can only be sold in Munich’s traditional breweries that brew their beer in accordance with the Bavarian Purity Law of 1487. The breweries are sold in 1-litre tankards of Maßkrug. In 2014, the average price for a beer mug was 10 euros. It is estimated that the festival is visited on average by six million people who consume about five million litres of beer every year. It is during this holiday that 40% of Germany’s annual beer reserves are sold.
(2) Nor can Germany complain about the lack of diversity in the beer issue – 6,000 different types of beer are produced together.
In addition, beer is officially recognised as food in Bavaria. Enjoy your meal.
4. Sausage and coffee – that’s what a traditional German breakfast looks like.
5. 300 types of bread and over 1000 types of sausages – undoubtedly Germany has plenty to choose from.
Law in Germany
The blood alcohol content of a person driving a vehicle may not exceed 0.5 per mille.
(2) Germany remembers that according to the message “a holy day should be celebrated” – that is why on holidays all shops are closed and shopping can be done at petrol stations. Because rest is important.
What is interesting, a prisoner who tries to escape will not be additionally punished, because everyone wants to be free and has the right to do so.
4th In Germany, alcohol is allowed on the street.
5. almost 60% of the most popular videos posted on YouTube have been blocked in Germany due to copyright infringement. In France or the UK this rate does not exceed 1%.
The use of the middle finger gesture is illegal and the police have the right to punish it with a fine.
The authorities in Japan do not recognise German registration numbers, so cars stopped for inspection on German “plates” can be confiscated. All because of formal and historical uncertainties. In 1926 both countries were to conclude the first international agreement on registration numbers, but the Country of the Cherry Blossom refused to sign it. After 23 years a supplementary agreement was created, but this time it was the Germans who refused to sign it on the basis of the fact that they had done so before.
Curiosities about Germans
1. Germany curiosities – False bus stops
It became common for false bus stops to be set up in close proximity to an old people’s home. The first one was built in Dusseldorf – Benrath Senior Center – from which Alzheimer’s patients, in a tide of confusion, tried to reach their family home. The medical staff noticed that the first steps after the “escape” are directed to the bus stop. When the missing resident arrives at the bus stop, they are lured back to the centre by the staff, offering them coffee and shelter until the bus arrives. After some time, the “escapees” forget that they were there at all.
In the USA, the most popular name is Nowak, while in our western neighbors Müller.
When drinking beer with a German, remember to say “Prost! Don’t forget to look your friend in the eye.
Do you remember when you last kept your fingers crossed to influence the course of events and keep you happy? Probably not long ago. This superstition dates back to antiquity, but it was popularized by the Germans. It was used by warriors who couldn’t hold their weapons without their thumbs, so it was a protective gesture.