The “Made in Germany” Label is respected all over the world for a good reason. Here is the true root of German Engineering success…
Germany has a very long history of remarkable inventions many of which have shaped the world into what it is today.
7 More Inventions you didn’t know are from Germany
Nobody likes warm beer. Especially not Germans. But wait … There is a solution. In 1876 Carl von Linde invented the method how fridges work up to this date.
This and the following invention profoundly changed my life. As I don’t have a car because I don’t need it (but that’s another topic), I rely on public transportation and my bike. In middle-sized cities, such as mine, the Straßenbahn is the way to go. Cheaper (because of the insanely high gas prices) and often times even faster than the car you will find an extensive grid every German city.
As I stated above the bike is my favorite way to get from point A to point B. It’s easy, fast and you are flexible. No need to look for a parking spot, pay gas, taxes or insurance. And especially it brings a lot of movement into your daily life. A huge thanks to Karl von Drais (in 1817). Although, I have to admit: I would have a hard time liking this bike. It was built out of wood and had no pedals; not the ideal conditions to be fast.
4. Advent Calendar
I don’t even know if this is even a thing outside of Germany. Every kid (and many adults, including myself 😉 have this calendar for the 24 days prior to Christmas (it’s December 24th in Germany). Each of the 24 doors on the calendar contains a little gift for the day, usually chocolate. Every morning, first thing to do after waking up is opening the next door. Kids love it! It just a part of German culture and tradition. I would be interested if it exists in other countries… (write it in the comments 🙂 )
5. Christmas Tree
Could you even imagine celebrating Christmas without a Christmas tree? I can’t. It started out as a German bakery decorating a pine tree with sweets in 1419. It was just for some more publicity. Now, it’s a must have in many international cultures. For Germans, there is no way around a real Christmas tree.
6. Purity Law of Beer (“Reinheitgebot”)
What is the purity law? It’s a law established in 1516 (yes you math genius it’s 500th anniversary was in 2016) to regulate Beer. Yes, you heard it right there is a 500-year-old German law regulating the brewery and sale of Beer.
it states that
the only ingredients used for the brewing of beer must be Barley, Hops and Water. Whosoever knowingly disregards or transgresses upon this ordinance, shall be punished by the Court authorities’ confiscating such barrels of beer, without fail.toothpaste
It also regulates the measuring unit of beer as 1 Mass (is equal to 1.067 Liters, 36.08 fl. ounces). This law exists till this date. Any beer brewed without barley or Hops, and Water is not allowed to be sold as “Beer”.
7. Social Legislation
Former chancellor Otto von Bismark invented the right to a health insurance in 1883 hoping it would resolve some issues he had with the labor unions. This model that guaranteed health insurance to everyone got adapted in many Nations around the globe.
Go ahead and check out the first 7 inventions you didn’t know were German. Feel free to add things in the comments I’m pretty sure there are many other inventions I left out.