20 Things You Can Only See in Germany

20 Things You Can Only See in Germany

Germany
is a very special country in many ways. For example, did you know that there’s
no punishment for prison escapes in Germany, as they recognize that seeking
freedom is a natural instinct? No wonder their way of life surprises foreigners
in so many ways!
Bright
Side has gathered pictures that display the most unusual aspects of life in
Germany. Get ready to embrace them to the fullest!
1.
Fit girls getting ready for Oktoberfest

20 Things You Can Only See in Germany
Did
you know that Oktoberfest is actually held in September? It’s an important
festival for Bavarian culture and the Germans get ready for it in advance. No
wonder girls need to do some weightlifting before, as sometimes the quantity of
glasses that one waitress needs to carry is just out of control!

2.
Finger wrestling



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Men
in Bavaria know a lot about strong fingers: how to train, exercise and stretch
them in order to be the best in one of the weirdest championships ever —
Fingerhakeln. The competitors of this championship lock their fingers and start
pulling in opposite directions until one of them fails.
3.
Sausage vending machines

20 Things You Can Only See in Germany

What
comes to mind when you think about food from a vending machine? Probably some
chewing gum, chocolate bars or cookies, right? How about some sausages like
Bratwurst, for example. It’s a typical German sausage made from minced pork,
beef or veal.
4.
Pumpkin boat races




Nothing
unusual here — just a person paddling a giant pumpkin in the middle of a river!
Such championships happen in Germany every year during autumn. Maybe these are
actually yachts that turn into pumpkins as the clock strikes midnight!

5.
No speed limits



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Have
you ever seen this road sign? If you happen to drive on German Autobahns, you
need to know what it means: no speed limits whatsoever. So it’s absolutely
legal to put the pedal to the metal and enjoy your car’s top speed!

6.
Traditional lederhosen

20 Things You Can Only See in Germany

“Lederhosen”
are breeches that are a part of traditional Bavarian outfits. Everyone wears
them for Oktoberfest, even pets!
7.
Deer-calling championship

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No,
this man isn’t trying to speak with the ocean through the shell, as you might
have thought. He’s a participant of the deer-calling championship held in
Germany. The contestants are meant to imitate the best deer mating call. Would
you risk your safety to participate in it?
8.
Caution is a priority.



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“Vorsicht”
or “caution” is above everything else! Even if there’s a small pedestrian
crossing the street in a tiny village somewhere in Germany, they may as well
carry several signs in order to warn the drivers from all different angles.

9.
Funny warning signs



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This
sign actually means “don’t feed your child to a crocodile.” Actually, just
until recently, feeding crocodiles and even swimming with them used to be a
popular attraction in the local zoo of the German town of Friedberg. But not
anymore since a court ruling banned such activities.
10.
Football is the king of sports.

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Football
is the most popular sport in Germany. They play it at schools, universities,
watch it on TV, and go to the stadiums to support their favorite teams. Table
football, or foosball, is a big thing too. No wonder the world’s largest
foosball table is situated in Germany.
11.
Variety of sausages

20 Things You Can Only See in Germany

There
are more than 1,000 different sausages in Germany! Blutwurst, weisswurst, leberwurst
and so many more to try. Some people say that German Wifi is the “wurst”, but
we doubt that.
12.
Traditional German fast food

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Currywurst
is the most famous German fast food that contains Bratwurst topped with a sauce
made of ketchup, curry, and paprika. No wonder Currywurst-flavored chips are so
popular!

13.
The world’s narrowest street



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Spreuerhofstrasse,
situated in the German city of Reutlingen, is considered to be the narrowest
street in the world. It’s only 31 cm at its narrowest spot and even made it
into the Guinness World Records.

14.
Singing drain pipes

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When
art and music come together, they form an unbelievable aesthetic mixture! Just
take a look at this house — it comes alive when it starts to rain. Would you
come to Dresden to enjoy Kunsthofpassage and its unusual orchestra?

15.
A bent truck installation



20 Things You Can Only See in Germany
This
surreal truck installation is located in one of the streets in a German city
called Karlsruhe. It was meant to show a daily object from a different
perspective. However, the city’s parking warden didn’t seem to get the idea and
issued a 30 Euro ticket for the parking violation.

16.
Angela Merkel’s barbie doll

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It’s
hard to imagine German chancellor, Angela Merkel playing with dolls. However,
she has a doll made in her honor: it has her trademark bob and is wearing an
elegant, classic costume. Would you choose a doll like this as a present for a
child?
17.
Pillows are weapons



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Pillows
are really dangerous — at least, that’s what the Germans think. According to
German law, pillows can be considered “passive weapons”. So think twice before
engaging in a pillow fight in Germany.
18.
Weird baby name ban

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If
you live in Germany and want to name your baby “Woodstock”, apparently, you
can’t. The government there can reject baby names that seem too weird. They say
they don’t want the baby to feel embarrassed in the future. However, names such
as Jazz and Lafayette have been allowed.

19.
Fake bus stops



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Many
nursing homes in Germany have fake bust stops near them. If Alzheimer patients
decide to leave the nursing home, they will go to the bus stop — and that’s
where the caregivers will eventually find them.
20.
Raw pork hedgehogs

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When
you have to choose food for a cocktail party, you’d probably pick some fruit,
olives, or maybe cheese. What about hedgehog-like raw minced pork? It’s a
traditional dish that the Germans love to make for parties. Would you be
willing to try it?
Which
of these facts about Germany impressed you most of all? Have you come across
other pictures that vividly display some weird aspects of life there? Share
your experience in the comments below.

SOURCE: BRIGHTSIDE
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.