30 Interesting, Funny, And Weird Things About Germany You Might Not Have Known About

What things first come into mind when we think of Germany? Oktoberfest and quality beer, delicious sausages, beautiful medieval castles positioned all over the country, and globally valued German car brands. And that’s nowhere near everything that Germany has to offer.

Germany is also known for its extensive bureaucracy. Germany has a plenitude of regulations controlling nearly every aspect of life. Although this might make things less flexible, that’s exactly why the country stands out for being efficient from the rest of the world.

They have rules for everything. For example, every house has at least four different garbage cans for waste separation. They even have a public order office called Ordnungsamt, which handles various aspects of public order, such as noise complaints, wild animals, and parking spaces. Having regulations for pretty much everything might be one of the reasons why Germany has some of Europe’s lowest levels of unemployment

According to the cliché, Germans lack a sense of humor. But in their defense, perhaps the jokes were simply lost somewhere in cultural translation. Nevertheless, Germans love a good “Witz,” which is the German word for a joke. Even if it’s more on the quirky side. 

Take a look at the selection of pictures that show how unique the country truly is and what everyday life in Germany looks like. 

#1 Fun Facts About Germany

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#2 “Women Only” Parking In Germany. About 7% Of Violent Crimes Agains Women Occur In Parking Garages, And This Is An Attempt To Make Parking Safer For Women

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#3 Tampons In Germany Have A Normal 19% VAT, Books Only 7%. So Tampons Are Sold As A Book With The Great Slogan “Stop Taxing Periods. Period”

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#4 The Old German Man Out Of LEGO Bricks In Front Of Legoland Germany Wears Sandals With Socks

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#5 This Graveyard Rack Here Is The Most German Thing I’ve Seen So Far In 25 Years: Relatives Bring Their Own Watering Can And Lock It To A Designated “Watering Can Rack”

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#6 Guacamole In Germany

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#7 This Baggage Claim In Frankfurt, Germany

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#8 Though I’d Show You Guys What We Do In Schools In Germany

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#9 In Germany We Have “Puke Sinks” In Some Public Places That Have Events Like The Oktoberfest

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#10 Eschenheimer Turm

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The oldest and most unaltered building in the foreground of Modern High Rises, Innenstadt district of Frankfurt, Germany. Erected, 15th century (1426-28).

#11 Standing Wave Surfing In A German Sports Store

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#12 The Escalator At The Uni Stuttgart Stop Has Been Broken For Weeks

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#13 A German City Has Installed A Number Of Pods For Homeless People Fitted With Thermal Insulation To Sleep In

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#14 German Olympic Gymnasts Fight Against Sexualisation Of Women By Wearing Unitards For The First Time

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#15 This House Covered With Overgrown Ivy In The Botanischer Garten Gießen, The Oldest Botanical Garden In Germany

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#16 Frankfurt, Germany Stunning Geometrical Parking Offers 60% Of Space And Easy Parking And Exit

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#17 A German Circus Is Using Holograms Instead Of Live Animals For A Cruelty-Free Magical Experience. And It’s Cool

#18 This McDonald’s Has A “Drive-Thru” For Boats. Located In Hamburg, Germany

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#19 This Is The ‘Neustadt Kunsthofpassage’ A Building In Germany That Plays Music When It Rains

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#20 German Supermarket Has A Genius In Charge Of Beer Promotions

#21 A Wheelchair Swing In Germany

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#22 Shopping Cart Cleaning Machine In Germany

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#23 A Black House In Germany

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#24 The Small German City Bad Vilbel Hadn’t Enough Space In The City Center For A New Library Building. So They Build The First And Only Library Bridge In Europe

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#25 When Traffic Comes To A Complete Stop In Germany, The Drivers, (By Law) Must Move Towards The Edge Of Each Side To Create An Open Lane For Emergency Vehicles

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#26 Wuppertal Suspension Railway In Germany

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#27 In Germany You Can Play Pong With The Person On The Other Side Of Traffic Lights

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#28 There Is A Street Dedicated To Cherry Blossoms In Bonn Germany

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#29 Kromlau Bridge, Germany

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#30 Germany Just Built An Electric Highway To Curb Pollution From Diesel Trucks

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“I Was Baffled”: Argument Arises When Friends Said This Man Can’t Take His 5 Y.O. Daughter Fishing With Them

What were the rules you had with your friends when you were growing up? Maybe the first one to get married would treat the rest? Maybe the rule was everyone should attend each other’s grand celebrations like graduation ceremonies, marriages, or birthdays!

It wasn’t much different than when Reddit user DaddynDaughterfish and his friends were young. Their rule was simple: every year, they would hold a fishing trip only for themselves. No wives, no girlfriends. The day would only be for them.

Though, sometimes, loopholes can be made in the rules. And it was shown when one of his friends, “Tim”, brought his son to the fishing day. This brought confusion to the friends, but they let it slide because after all, Tim did not bring a wife or a girlfriend. Also, Tim stated that he wanted to pass down their tradition to the next generation.

After some years, OP decided to bring his daughter who was around the same age as Tim’s son. A heated discussion ensued when his friends didn’t allow him to because it was “against the rule.” The confused OP brought this story to the Am I The A-Hole subreddit.

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OP and his friends would hold an annual fishing trip with the rule “No wives, no girlfriends”

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One of the friends took his son with him and they had fun

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However, when it was OP’s turn to bring his child, he wasn’t allowed to because it “breaks the rule”

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The story received some confused reactions from the online community. But it appears that the final verdict is that the OP did not break their rule

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