A variety of sports are played in Germany, including soccer, popularly called football in the country, motorsport and tennis. Soccer is the most popular sport in Germany.Know More
The German Football Association is the largest individual body in the Deutscher Olympischer Sportbund (DOSB, German Olympic Sports Federation). As of 2014, it boasts as many as 26,000 clubs and 178,000 teams. The top football league in Germany is called the "Bundesliga." The 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 Bundesliga Champions "Bayern Munich" won the title for the most prestigious club football tournament in the world: The UEFA Champions League. In 2014, the German national football team emerged victorious in the FIFA World Cup over runners-up Argentina after dealing a devastating defeat of 7-1 to the host nation, Brazil. This marked the largest margin of defeat in the semi-final at the time. Germany also hosted the 2006 World Cup, finishing in third that year.
Germany is one of the leading motorsport countries in the world. As of 2014, Michael Schumacher, a German racing driver, holds the record for the most Formula One championship wins and races since the inception of the Formula One world championship in 1950. He is held in high esteem as one of the greatest drivers of all time.Learn more about Germany
In Germany, the school day lasts for five and a half hours, usually from 08:00 to 13:30. The structure of a normal school day in Germany is very different to other European school systems. Lessons run for 45 minutes, and students remain in the same classroom throughout the day.Full Answer >
According to TripAdvisor, the Euro (€) is the primary currency of Germany. It replaced the Deutsche Mark (DM) on Jan. 1, 2002. The former currency is not accepted anywhere in Germany.Full Answer >
The major bodies of water in Germany are the Danube, Rhine, Elbe and Weser rivers. Germany does have some small lakes, but these are mostly glacial and located in the mountains. The largest lake, Bodensee, lies on Germany's border with Switzerland and Austria.Full Answer >
The only major language spoken in Germany is German. Over 95 percent of the German population speaks German or a German dialect as their first language. Lower Sorbian, North Frisian, Sater Frisian and Upper Sorbian are recognized as regional languages, according to the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.Full Answer >