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While on our recent trip to the Harz Region in Saxony-Anhalt, we saw Germany’s smallest house in Wernigerode, the oldest house in Quedlinburg and read about the country’s oldest surviving industrial structure in Goslar, and it got me thinking about all the superlatives of Germany we have visited and heard about. So I made a listicle of all (ok not alllll) of Germany’s oldest, biggest, smallest, tallest, longest things!

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The smallest house is in Wernigerode on Kochstraße 43 and is 2,95 m wide. The front door is 1,70 m high.

The tallest church tower is the Ulm Minster 161.5 m (530 ft).

The tallest twin spired cathedral is the Cologne Cathedral at 157 m (515 ft) tall.

The tallest building building is the Commerzbank Tower in Frankfurt at 259 m high.

Superlatives of Germany - Frankfurt - California Globetrotter

The smallest state in Germany is Bremen.

The largest state in Germany is Bavaria.

The longest castle is Burghausen stretching for 1,100 m (3,608 ft) in Bavaria.

The most iconic castle is the Neuschwanstein Castle built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria. 

Superlatives of Germany - Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria, Germany - California Globetrotter

The oldest castle in Germany is the Meersburg Castle at Lake Constance (Bodensee) in Baden-Württemberg.

The oldest cafe is the Cafe Prinzess in Regensburg, opened in 1686.

The oldest restaurant is the Wurstkuchl, also in Regensburg which has been serving sausages since the 17th century, but building remains date back to 1135 AD.

The oldest bridge that has never been destroyed is the Stone Bridge in Regensburg dating back to the 12th century and was the only bridge for 800 years to cross the river. Trier’s Römerbrücke’s pillars date back to the 2nd century A.D. but was destroyed by French troops in 1686 and was rebuilt.

The Historic Town of Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany - California Globetrotter

The deepest & the longest cave in Germany is in Untersberg, Bavaria and was discovered in 1996!

The oldest surviving industrial structure in the world is the Rammelsberg in Goslar dating back to the 10th century.

The oldest instrument is a medieval hurdy-gurdy can also be found in Goslar at the Musikinstrumente- und Puppen-Museum.

The most unintentional leaning tower in the world is now Suurhusen Tower in northwestern Germany, beating the Leaning Tower of Pisa by 1.22°.

The largest robot in the world is Tradinno, a massive dragon in Furth im Wald. It weighs 11-ton, cost over 2 million euros to build by 20 different companies, including Hollywood. It is 16 meters long and 5 meters high.

Superlatives of Germany - Furth im Wald's Drachenstich - The World's Largest Fire Breathing Dragon Robot - Bavaria, Germany - California Globetrotter (3)

The strongest economy in Europe is Germany.

The first female doctor was Dorothea Christiane Erxleben (1715–1762) from Quedlinburg.

The longest word in German is Donaudampfschifffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswerkbauunterbeamtengesellschaft (79 letters) which translates to something like “Danube steamboat shipping electricity main engine facility building sub clerk association”.

The oldest university in Germany is the University Heidelberg which was established in 1386.

The largest cuckoo clock can be found in the Black Forest in Triberg-Schonach and its rival in Schonach!

Superlatives of Germany: Schonachbach World's Largest Cuckoo Clock, Black Forest - Schwarzwald Großteste Cuckoos Uhr, Germany - California Globetrotter Superlatives of Germany: Schonach World's First Largest Cuckoo Clock, Black Forest - Schwarzwald Großteste Cuckoos Uhr, Germany - California Globetrotter

The most zoos in Europe can be found in Germany.

The tallest mountain in Germany is the Zugspitze at  2,962 m (9,718 ft.) tall near Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Superlatives of Germany - Zugspitze - Germany's Tallest Mountain, Bavaria - California Globetrotter (10)

The most expensive city to live in is Munich, Bavaria!

The oldest city in Germany is Trier dating back to 16 BC as Augusta Treverorum.

The largest population in Europe is Germany with 82.67 million people.

The largest beer festival is Oktoberfest in Munich with between 5 – 7 million visitors per year.

A Beginners Guide to Oktoberfest, Munich Germany - California Globetrotter

The oldest beer festival is Regensburg‘s Dult which dates back to the 10th century.

The 2nd biggest beer drinkers in Europe are the Germans, consuming 104.7 liters of beer per capita. The Czech Republic comes in first at 142.6 liters!

The most efficient recycler in Europe is Germany, recycling some 65% of all trash! 

The largest city is Berlin with 3.47 million people (2015).

The smallest town is Arnis in Schleswig-Holstein has only 279 people (2015).

The oldest row of half-timbered houses is in Esslingen on Hafenmarkt 4 – 10, dating back to 1328 – 1331.

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The oldest house in Germany is now the Fachwerkmuseum in Quedlinburg on Wordgasse 3, dating back to 1310.

The oldest hotel is Zum Roten Bären in Freiburg dating back to 1120.

The narrowest street in the world is Spreuerhofstraße in Reutlingen. It ranges from 31 centimetres (12.2 in) at its narrowest to 50 centimetres (19.7 in) at its widest

The deepest lake is Lake Constance (Bodensee) at 251 meters (823 ft) deep.

The cleanest/clearest lake & the 3rd deepest is Königssee in Bavaria.

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The world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge in Germany is the “Titan-RT” in the Harz Region at 458 m (1,502 ft) long and opened on May 7, 2017! (However, as of August 2, 2017 the new world’s longest is now in Switzerland!)

The longest river in Germany is the Danube.

The narrowest point of the Danube is the 80 m (262 ft) wide heading towards Weltenburg Abbey.

The world’s oldest monastery brewery is the Weltenburg Abbey dating back to 1050.

Superlatives of Germany - Weltenburg Abbey, Bavaria, Germany - California Globetrotter

The highest (unlimited) speed limit is on the Autobahn in Germany!

The state with the most wind turbines is Saxony-Anhalt.

The poorest state in Germany is Saxony-Anhalt.

The richest state in Germany is Bavaria.

The world’s largest ceiling fresco is at the Würzburg Residenz.

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The oldest biergarten is the Augustiner Keller in Munich in 1812.

The oldest social housing in Europe was founded by Jacob Fugger in 1516 in Augsburg.

The largest pumpkin in the world weighed in at 1,190.49 kg (2,624.6 lb) in Ludwigsburg.

The largest model train set can be found in Hamburg at the Miniatur Wunderland.

The world’s oldest mechanically printed book was the Gutenberg Bible, printed in Mainz, Germany c.1455 by Johann Henne zum Gensfleisch zur Laden.

The largest hamburger weighs 1,164.2 kg (2,566 lb 9 oz) in Pilsting, on July 9, 2017!

The most beer steins carried over 40 m is 25 and was achieved by Oliver Struempfel (not pictured) on September 21, 2014. 

Regensburg's Dult - California Globetrotter

The largest indoor water park is Tropical Islands Resort located in the former Brand-Briesen Airfield in the Krausnick.

The largest Metal Festival is in Wacken.

The longest schnitzel measured 96.7 m (317 ft 3 in) and was made by Landgasthof Jossgrund in Sinntal-Jossa.

The highest waterfall in Germany is located in Triberg in the Black Forest with a decent of 163 m which is a collection of seven falls in one.

Superlatives of Germany - Triberg Waterfall Black Forest, Triberg Wasserfälle Schwarzwald - Germany - California Globetrotter

The largest nutcracker is 10.10 m (33 ft 1 in) high and is fully functional. It was made in Neuhausen, Germany, on August 9, 2008.

The tallest Christmas pyramid is 20 m (65 ft 7 in) tall at the Berlin Christmas Market. (not pictured)

Superlatives of Germany - Heidelberg Weihnachtsmarkt Pyramide - California Globetrotter (25)

The oldest opera house is The Hamburg State Opera and was founded in 1678.

The latest roadside attraction is the upside down house the A3 autobahn in Wertheim called Cafe über Kopf.

The coolest tower is the Kuchlbauer Brewery’s Hundertwassserturm in Abensberg!

The largest wine barrel in the world can be found within the Heidelberg Castle. Built in 1751 and stands 7 meters high, is 8.5 meters wide, holds 220,000 liters (58,124 gallons) of wine, and has a dance floor built on top of it.

Superlatives of Germany - Heidelberg Tun - World's Largest Wine Barrel - Heidelberg, Germany - California Globetrotter

The warmest regions of Germany can be found in the south-west (German Wine Route and Palatinate). Summers can be hot with many days exceeding 30 °C (86 °F) and don’t drop below 20 °C (68 °F).

The sunniest city in Germany is Freiburg im Breisgau.

The oldest hospital in the Heiligen-Geist-Hospital (Holy Ghost Hospital) in Lübeck.

The narrowest house in Germany is only 2.05 meters wide in Eisenach, Thuringia!

Superlatives of Germany - Eisenach Narrowest Half-timbered House, Thuringia, Germany - California Globetrotter

 

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Replies to Superlatives of Germany

  1. Love, love this post! There are so many interesting facts in here (I am a sucker for facts like this). Didn’t know the most expensive city is Munich. That was kind of shocker. I would like to live in the Frankfurt area (not that I know Germany thta well but that area appealed to me). #feetdotravel

  2. This is a really interesting post and different from what I used to read about Germany. For me that tiny house is big but my boyfriend wouldn’t fit for sure. Thanks for sharing.

  3. This is SUCH a cool post – it can pretty much be used as an alternative Germany bucket list! I want to visit so many of these places – Suurhusen Tower sounds incredible and how about Dult for an alternative to Oktoberfest?! Definitely saving this for later! Thanks for sharing

  4. This is so fun! I would love to visit the oldest cafe and restaurant. I love iconic, historical things like that. And I’d also love to see the largest cuckoo clock in the Black Forest!

  5. You won’t believe it but I just read that a new World’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge was opened in Switzerland. One little update, otherwise I love the overview about Germany. Thank you!

  6. There are some interesting facts about Germany. The carrying of 40 steins is impressive, I struggle with 3. I didn’t know there was another leaning tower in the world, I must visit Suurhusen Tower.

  7. This is awesome! We will be in Germany next year and look forward to checking some of these out. Definitely going to hit the oldest biergarten in Munich 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing. 🙂

  8. Can you believe that out of all the buildings you mention, I’ve only been to the cathedral in Cologne?! Seriously so much left to explore in Germany and this is making me kinda homesick right now 😉

  9. Oh, I love this idea for a post! It must have been so much fun to put together!
    It’s so much fun to see how great a place is at so so many things 😀 I’d love to do one of these for Chile in the future, if you wouldn’t mind, that is? 😉

  10. Ha, yes the Germans and their superlatives. Though by the title of your post I was expecting a blogpost about the erh… interesting German language 😉
    #WanderfulWednesday

  11. I went on school trips to Regensburg and Goslar and totally failed to learn any of those facts, we also visited Weltenberg Abbey and I do remember that it was the narrowest point but the teachers omitted the beer bit, we did however see the University at Heidelberg. Lots of fantastic facts #FarawayFiles

  12. Love it Lori – what a great idea for a post. How many nuts does that nutcracker crack I wonder? Now I would like you to say the longest word 5 times very quickly! Thanks for linking up to #FarawayFiles

  13. Omg, so many superlatives of Germany, lol! I’m always amazed at the number of beer mugs that the waiters can carry at the Oktoberfest. Btw, that is one angry looking pumpkin, haha! #FarawayFiles

  14. wow, what a fun and fascinating list! I visited Germany when I was a teenager, but definitely need to go back as there are many things on this list that I would love to see! #farawayfiles

  15. Haha! Super fun superlative list! What a great idea! As a girl who grew up on the west coast of the United States (you may be able to relate!) things that are so old are still amazing to me. My adopted home Copenhagen is celebrating it’s 850th birthday this year – that is crazy to me! Love this list and hope to get to explore some of these superlative German things! Thanks for sharing with #FarawayFiles, Erin

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