Well, a lot of prejudices. For example, Germany was one of the founders of the European Union, or the Euro, it's correct the Euro started in 1999 but only as virtual money. The money was released in 2002.
Or sausages, it's funny. Looks like we are living with Bratwurst and Sauerkraut. To be honest, most selling fast food in Germany is called Doener, a Turkey speciallity. It's sold more then Hamburgers and Bratwurst.
For sure, we have hundreds kinds of beer, mostly brewed in small local breweries but delicious. We have also wine of very heigh quality.
Also the idea of the breakfast. Sure, we have that proverb but the main meal in Germany is the lunch. If you're in a hotel, for sure, depending on the stars, you have the choice between nearly all breakfast cultures of the world, in standard hotels you will find bread, buns, butter, jam of different kind, honey, eggs, some sort of cheese, different kind of sausages, fruits, corn flakes, cerealies, milk and coffee.
We have also a lot of local food specialities, sometimes known only in some squarekilometres. Or our language. We have a common language but, we have a lot of dialects. People from the north of Germany are mostly unable to understand the dialect of Bavarians and vice versa.
Best thing to learn a little bit about us an dour country. Come and visit us :)
Ulli aka Jules53757
Hehe , so Germans love Dunkelbier & Christkindlemarkt ;-).
But no we dont wear Lederhosen ( at least not all of us ) *LOL* .
Germany is a beautiful country and I enjoyed my time there in the military. I didn't stay on base but in a small apartment inside a older building built before WWI. The elderly lady that ran the apartments was very sweet and treated me like her grandson I got a lot of home cooked meals. This was a great experience and one that most tourists would never have a chance to experience.
Thank you for the very nice article about Germany. I recommend everybody to visite my country. Come and see beautiful landscapes and meet nice people. Herzlich willkommen!!!
Prussians may be efficient, but Bavarians really know how to party!
Welcome to the real world !
Yes, i am a 'German Marketplace Vendor' too.
But not included in the above 'German Marketplace Vendor' list ...
Best greetings and regards from germany to the whole world !
I will not go into some... well, let'
s say haziness, in your article, but what really astonishes me is that there is not a single word about German artists. No Riemenschneider, no Dürer, no Holbein, no Marc, no word about architecture, nothing about Bauhaus at all...
But thank you anyway for giving my home country a place on Renderosity :-)
Germany rocks!!! I love that country, I always have a lot of fun, going to gigs and festivals, beautiful landscapes, the old parts of the cities...
Follow or select and paste this link to find some pictures that I took in my home town Heidelberg in autumn 2006:
Deutschland rules!!!! I spent almost 7 years in Stuttgart while in the Army. I have a German Last Name & we still have family in Germany that, of course, didn't immigrate to the States. We can trace our Family Tree back to the 1600's. Loved the beer!!
That's cool, I am half German from my mother side and I was living in Germany for couple of years as well, I love Berlin, Hamburg, Essen, Hanover and Karlsruhe where I spend most of my time....if you was not there you should it is a beautiful country...Cath
Germans are nice neighbours. Every once and a while I spend some time there. Friendly people and as said in the text, good food, but bad for for the belly ;)
Well, the Germans are strange people. What nobody knows is, that the german language doesn't really exist. German is an accumulation of many slangs. They are so different, that some nativ speaking people for example Bavaria doesn't understand, what a nativ speaking from Cologne says. Every town has their own beer brewery, so there are thousends of different beers in Germany. The best beer comes from Bavaria. ;-)
The most conservativ aerea in Germany is Bavaria, comparable to Texas in the US (Bavaria is the aerea with the highest corruption, some people in Germany say :-) ). There you can stil find some Lederhosen wearing people. The richest aerea is Baden-Wuertemberg, where Mercedes Benz, Porsche and Heckler&Koch comes from, the so called Swabians. The most crazy and open mindet people are in the Ruhr Aerea (Ruhrgebiet). The most boring aerea or city is Hanover. The most beautyfull aereas are the Black Forrest and Allgaeu (here you can find Neuschwanstein Castle) in South Germany.
The best food you can get in South Germany, because its more influenced by the southern and western neighbours (France, Austria, Italy).
Some folks may be interested to know that people of German ancestry make up the third largest ethnic group in the U.S., just after the English and Scots-Irish.
Famous Americans of German ancestry include World War I flying ace Eddie Rickenbacker (Richenbacher) and legendary jazz cornetist Bix Beiderbecke.
Many American cultural customs come from Germany, including some of our dietary preferences (large breakfasts and lager beer) and Yule celebrations (Christmas trees). It also seems as if the more "conservative" elements of both countries come from their respective southern regions (Bavaria and the former Confederacy).
At one point in early U.S. history, German nearly became the official language.
During World War II, General George Patton reportedly wanted a one-on-one duel with his counterpart (for whom he had a great deal of admiration and respect), General Erwin Rommel. Years afterward, their respective sons, George S. Jr. and Manfred became good friends and drinking buddies.
Most people also don't realize that Germans - or more properly, Teutons, as the Germanii were actually a Celtic tribe - have been around for over 2,000 years (the Romans were absolutely terrified of them). However, the nation of Germany itself is quite young, founded only in 1875. Prior to that time, it was a loose confederation of principalities and small independent kingdoms left over from the "Holy Roman" Empire (which was neither - but that's another story...;-) )
Even today, individual Germans identify more strongly with their local region than with their nation as a whole (so Bavarian, Saxon, Westphalian or Prussian first, German second).
"The most boring aerea or city is Hanover." ..... This cries for reply. If you are bored in Hannover (it's written with 2 n otherwise it would be in the USA) you have forgotten to leave your hotel suite ...
Hannover has had the Expo in 2000 the biggest fun fair in that year with lot's of visitor's of all nations around the world.
B.t.w. cities ... Berlin is not only germany's capital but also called the biggest turkish town outside of Turkey.
Hm, sausages ... but this is half of truth. Germnan bakery is delivering the widest varity of bred and rolls all over the world ... from white to black.
And we have lot's more than Bratwurst and Sauerkraut.
Politics ... why ever naming Adolf Hitler. Ok, he existed but needs no extra nomination.
Why not for example name Otto von Bismarck, who was not only a founder of the modern Germany in 1871 but also a founder of modern social and health systems.
Or other guy's like Baron von Steuben who was a major help in founding the USA.
But look there is much much more ... come and see at your self ... be invited
Yet another famous American of German ancestry: Army General and later President Dwight D. Eisenhower (originally spelled "Eisenhauer").
Welcome to my home - welcome to Germany :)
Lol...it is always so cute to see the own country discribed by others...greez from...well...Germany ;)
I just like to add some notes about German history, because this year we have got two important dates to celebrate especially in the region where I live: The first one: 2000 years ago the Cheruscan chieftain Arminius (later on called "Hermann") beat the Roman legions commanded by Varus, which was the most devastating defeat for the Roman empire on German territory ever.
The second one is the 250th anniversary of the battle of Minden (which is my home town) where British and Prussian troops beat the French. I suppose the British remember this date with more emphasis than Germans do. Some years ago a Chinese cook told me that there are actually two streets in Hongkong named after the battle: Minden row and Minden avenue. Well, this is a small world, isn't it? - I mean from our (the Mindeners) point of view ;-)
I'm Italian but I love Germany and the Germans a lot!!! Germany is a wonderful country with very kind people, a lot of splendid naturalistic, architectural, historical places. How can you forget German music: Beethoven, Haendel, Bach ...?, and Goethe, Mann, Hoerderlin, Heine etc...not to mention her philosophers.
Germany is worth of a more than one trip.
Welcome Rero-Members in my home country!
Greetings from Germany :)
And... well... we Germans have a city that doesn't exist. I swear, I don't know anybody from Bielefeld, I never has been there and I don't know anybody there... :-)
@Rainbowgirl: perhaps Rendo will write a second article about our culture and arts during their 2-weeks-holidays here ;-) should be enough time to get to the big museums to see our most famous artists or to visit cities like Weimar to learn about the origins of the Bauhaus.
You wrote: "Germany derives its name from Germania. It is said that the name was given by Julius Caesar himself, using a Gaelic term possibly meaning "neighbor"."
That's not completely true. Although it was presumingly Caesar, who gave us our name, he wasn't the only one, who used it before. It was known in Greece as well in 80 b.Chr.
BUT: "german" does NOT mean "neighbor"
A Ger-man is a man with a weapon, especially some kind of spear or dart. These warriors were very dangerous and that's the reason, why Caesar wrote about them - he wanted to have them in his troops !
"Neighbour" was nothing with which you could describe a german tribe. Therefor they were all to aggressive against each other.
And with that you have as well the importance of the battle of Arminius against Varus, because Arminius was able to unite several tribes to a complete army under one commandership and to create like this a nearly unbeatable army.
In fact that was as well, what Caesar was afraid of, when he battled against the Gallic tribes, that if they would unite under one tactical commandership, they could defeat the Romans.
Did you know, that - when Romans first fought against gallic and german tribes - they were defeated, because they were completely terrified ?! *ggg*
Among the huge howling warriors were as well woman - and they ran forward suddenly shook off their coats and showed their bare breasts !!
The Roman lines broke completely together *hihihi* and they needed a lot of training to hold their lines against this kind of fight.
GAK! Thousands of native dishes, and what gets picked again and again?? Bratwurst! And no Lederhosen here in Lower Saxony, LOL! Labskaus and Rollmops is great... but nothing beats Italian food, LOL!!!
I was born in Essen, live at the coast in the North now, and the Bavarians can have their state and mountains back to themselves... jk! ;-)
Great Country, I have always wanted to visit there. Scenery pics I have seen are always interesting. I am German ancestory. My Grandfather came here from Germany in the 1890's and my sister married the son of a German classical pianist, last name Schlaaff. He came to U.S. right after W.W.1. Always enjoyed the cooking that his family put before us. I will not attempt to spell the food dishes names. I have two Weimaraner's and that is my favorite dog breed. I will hopefully visit one day, hope they still like Yanks :)
The members from Germany have contributed much to making Rendo the great site that it is!
Wildenrath, Laarbruch & Gutersloh. I miss them all!!! I served in Germany with the RAF three times. I loved the country, it's people and the Roads. If we sent the road makers of England to Germany.... You get the message. I sometimes wonder why I own a car over here....
"Gutentag Deutschland! Bitte, ein Grosse Beer." Pardon my spelling it's been a while
And, we have some Highways with NO speed limits :P
living in germany for the last 20 odd years has been a fantastic experience for me.i've visited many different german cities and several other european countries that i may never seen otherwise.learning the language and culture here was also a major reason for me choosing german as my home.
love, that you made my country a theme, great article! Very well researched, but me too, I am missing the artists as this is a community of artists and we got a very alive art and creatitvity scene in Germany.
Warm greetings to everybody from Berlin, Freda
Hang on a minute, you guys missed out Pfefferpotthast. Being the good Dortmunder that I am, I could not let that one slip, and anyway, Altbier? No offense my friends from Duesseldorf, but your Frankenheim or Diebels cannot compete with Hoevels Bitterbier. How I miss that over here in Scotland.
Love and hugs.
:)) a quite nice mix of prejudices and truths... :))
well done - an i guess - if we wait a bit - we'll get a more and more precise picture of germany... :))) i'll read this later in detail - an probably do add some more details... :)))
Very nice to read about my homeland Germany.
I live in the UK since July 1997 and love it here but do miss my * Bratwurs * * Rahmspinat * and of course my Koelsch which is a Beer. sighhh
Thank you for stopping by in Germany.
@JurgenDoe: Great summary!
May I add:
7. Thuringia (where I was born) favorite entree: dumplings, roast goose an red cabbage. Also famous - like Hessen - for excellent cakes and cookies.
I dont know anybody who has cake as a dessert. Cakes and tartes are for afternoon coffee ...with auntie or grandma at weekends ;-)
It's always funny to see how Germans are seen in the rest of the world...Looks like I'm not the typical German, I never eat Rollmops ;-)Igitt
By the way, the most common sports in Germany is not football (though it's called "Fussball" here), it's soccer of course! The people are just crazy about it. And as a musician, I think that modern electronic music was mostly invented in Germany, starting with CAN or Neu! and of course Kraftwerk, but many others too, like Klaus Schulze or Tangerine Dream. Visit Berlin and enjoy the "Love Parade", one of the biggest techno party in Europe!
*winks* from Bremen...the home of the "Beck´s".
I love "Pizza" and "Döner" and....
Have Fun and a nice stay :)
Hey, funny... so welcome everybody to my homeland! Thanks @JurgenDoe for the little summary on the diversities of our food, there could be said so much more... as always, the best way to get a real impression of everydays Germany may be to better forget the most things you might have been told before, hehe... ;-)
If you`d ever gonna stay here for your vacancies/hollidays, simply feel welcome and enjoy. :-))
It was Konrad Zuse (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konrad_Zuse) who invented the computer. I'm proud that I was able to see him live at our university when I got my degree in computer science short before he dies. He was a pretty wise man. If you're in Munich visit Deutsches Museum to have a look at an impressive collection of computers (also Zuse's famous Z3 replica or the original Z4 [http://www.deutsches-museum.de/sammlungen/ausgewaehlte-objekte/meisterwerke-iii/z3-und-z4/z3-und-z4-grossansicht/]). The most important Enterprise Resource Planning software SAP R/3 is a German product.
ist ja interessant das hier keiner deutsch schreibt ;-)
is interesting that nobody here writes German ;-)
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another fun thing about germany - it's goth country - with lots of festivals, subculture and bands. it kind of fits into the general mood. did you know that one of the first collection of ghost stories was of german orgin. it was by apels and launs and byron and shelley were reading it when residing in the villa diodati in geneve - mary shelley started writing 'frankenstein' there.