What Is The German Culture Like?

When you think of German culture, you probably think of bratwurst, sauerkraut, and beer. But there is so much more to experience, and a lot can be found in Bavaria.

Bavaria is Germany’s largest state and is where many of the “typical German” things can be found. Everything from clothing and food to German soccer can be found here in Bavaria.

Football is without a doubt the most popular sport in Germany and it plays a large part in German Culture. Germany’s most successful football team, or soccer team if you like, Bayern Munich, is located in Bavaria.

Bavarian Motor Works or BMW is one of the world’s finest automobile manufacturers. BMW even has it’s own historical museum located in Munich.

Beer is a huge part of German culture, so much that the world’s largest beer festival, The Oktoberfest, is held every year in Munich. The world famous beer hall, the Hofbrauhaus can be found in the pedestrian district in downtown Munich.

A natural barrier, the German Alps have played an important role in the way that German culture evolved over the years. It’s in the alps the you’ll find the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest peak.

The alps helped keep Germany isolated so that it’s culture could flourish and develop on its own. The alps also influenced the way clothing and food evolved for the people that lived in their glorious mountains and valleys.

I’m sure that many other countries in Europe had leather pants, or lederhosen (directly translated).

But Bavaria is where the lederhosen that we know and love today was designed. You know the one with all the embroidery, suspenders and the chest flap.

Austria is where the dirndl originated, but migrated north to southern Bavaria and is now considered traditional dress for women of that area.

It’s the dress you see all of the maids wearing while serving beer at various beer halls. The St. Pauli girl even wears a dirndl.

There are many famous people from Germany that have contributed to German culture. Many were born in or lived in Bavaria.

Albertus Magnus is an example of one of them. Born in a small town in southwestern Bavaria, he is considered one of Germany’s greatest philosophers and theologians, so much that he was made a saint in 1931.

Mad King Ludwig II is also of Bavaria, and he gave us such masterpieces as Neuschwanstein, Hohenschwangau and Linderhof.

Christmas is huge in Germany, and many of the traditions that we have here in the west can be attributed to the German celebration of the holiday.

Santa Claus is a worldwide character that was introduced by a German way back in the mid 1800′s.

Along with Santa Claus and the Christmas tree, the gingerbread house is another typical German holiday tradition.

Everyone knows that the Swiss are famous for watches, and that the best cuckoo clocks are from the Black forest. But what you probably don’t know is that the cuckoo clock was actually invented in Augsburg in Bavaria.

Food is a huge part of their culture and you can find out more about it by clicking on my German Food page.

Many of the traditions from Germany and Bavaria overlap and quite a few Bavarian images have become know worldwide to represent Germany.

So eat, drink, travel and find out what German and Bavarian culture are all about.

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