I Visited Germany 7 Times, and Here Are 8 Curious Facts I Learned

I Visited Germany 7 Times, and Here Are 8 Curious Facts I Learned

When visiting Germany for the
first time, we were somewhat expecting to be amazed by everyday things that
made the lives of ordinary people who lived there so comfortable. The only
thing we weren’t ready for was to continue being surprised every time we
visited this country again and again. We still are astonished at how things are
arranged in this country every time we visit there.
One of the Bright Side authors
has just come back from another trip to Germany and is ready to share another
bunch of interesting things she saw there. The bonus at the end of the article
will reveal how Germans use failures to their own benefit.

In the movie theatre


       I Visited Germany 7 Times, and Here Are 8 Curious Facts I Learned

I Visited Germany 7 Times, and
Here Are 8 Curious Facts I Learned
“Extra” minutes of a movie for
additional money
There is a convenient system
of multiple tickets in the movie theatre that costs $23 per month. Taking into
account the regular price for a one-time movie theatre visit which usually varies
between $8 and $9 (and even sometimes $10), buying a monthly ticket could be
quite convenient for a regular theatre-goer. However, you’ll need to be ready
to pay for an “excess length” of the movie. It’s not included in the ticket
price and if a movie lasts more than 120 minutes, it requires extra payment.
Additionally, long words in
the German language are explained with the fact that one word can consist of
several small ones. For example, “überlängenzuschlag” (excess length for an
additional payment) is one whole word in German.

I Visited Germany 7 Times, and Here Are 8 Curious Facts I Learned

I Visited Germany 7 Times, and
Here Are 8 Curious Facts I Learned
The tickets are sold without
indicating a certain seat. You can enter the theatre hall and choose any seat
that you like. The disadvantage of such a system is quite obvious: if you’re
late for a movie and it’s in a small theatre, you won’t be able to find a
comfortable seat.
At the end of the movie, when
the credits are already running on the screen, no one stands up and leaves the
theatre; they continue sitting and looking at the screen.

Apartment blocks


I Visited Germany 7 Times, and Here Are 8 Curious Facts I Learned
This is how home-made honey
was sold in an apartment block.
Germans greet any person they
see in an apartment block. It doesn’t matter whether you live there, just came
by to visit your friends, or entered the wrong block — if you see a person, you
need to greet them.
The first floor is not counted
just like in France or Great Britain. If you’re invited to someone’s place and
they say they live on the first floor, you should go to the second floor
because that’s where the floor numeration starts.

Trust in people


I Visited Germany 7 Times, and Here Are 8 Curious Facts I Learned

I Visited Germany 7 Times, and
Here Are 8 Curious Facts I Learned
Self-service kiosks with
newspapers are located everywhere! You simply open the box, leave a coin and
take a newspaper. There is no lock or mechanism checking whether you have left
money or not.
Also, the toilets are
chargeable in petrol stations. Basically, a payment is made with the help of a
machine that prints out a 7-cent voucher for visiting the bathroom. After that,
you’ll get a 5-cent discount for buying the fuel or anything in the shop at the
same station. Once when the machine wasn’t working, caring Germans put a dish
out where all people willing to visit the toilet were given the option to leave
some money.
There was no one controlling
it and yet there was still money on the dish.
Safety


I Visited Germany 7 Times, and Here Are 8 Curious Facts I Learned

I Visited Germany 7 Times, and
Here Are 8 Curious Facts I Learned
A helpful flyer for the
location of “Oktoberfest”
Much attention is paid to
women’s security in Germany. There are many hotlines for any problems and life
situations where help is provided to residents in 15 languages. And one doesn’t
need to have medical insurance to use it.

Christmas trees

I Visited Germany 7 Times, and Here Are 8 Curious Facts I Learned 
In Germany, people start to
get rid of their Christmas trees on the 1st of January. They are neatly placed
on the pavement where road services take them for recycling. People have to put
out their Christmas trees on special days, without decoration. A tree that is
utilized not as per the rules will cause the owner to have a fine.

About taste

I Visited Germany 7 Times, and Here Are 8 Curious Facts I Learned

I Visited Germany 7 Times, and Here Are 8 Curious Facts I Learned

We’re quite used to seeing
unusual flavors in foods in Germany, but we were amazed to see chocolate
tortilla chips and a burger pizza.
German humor

I Visited Germany 7 Times, and Here Are 8 Curious Facts I Learned

A great joke in reference to a
German ambulance.
German people’s specific sense
of humor has been the butt of many jokes in other countries. We all are
familiar with English humor but we also know what the German sense of humor is
similar.
A working day

I Visited Germany 7 Times, and Here Are 8 Curious Facts I Learned
Germans like to start their
working day early. They can often be seen at their working places at 7 a.m. or
8 a.m, which has them finishing up at 4 p.m or 5 p.m.
Also, most people in Berlin
speak English. So if you don’t know German, you won’t feel uncomfortable here.

Bonus: A German store is
giving soccer balls away for free after their failure at the 2018 World Cup so
that the next generation plays better.



I Visited Germany 7 Times, and Here Are 8 Curious Facts I Learned

Have you ever visited Germany
before? What other interesting things have you noticed there? Please tell us
about them in the comments!

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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.