Updated at 2022-03-10
When in Germany, do as the Germans do and have a beer. Beer is an indispensable part of German culture. Germany has over 1,500 breweries, and each region produces beer with its own distinct taste. Oktoberfest is held annually in Munich in October and attracts hordes of tourists from all over the world. The traditional German beer stein with a lid and handle is a classic symbol of German beer culture. The body often has painted relief decorations of famous German scenic spots and historical sites. In the past, royalty and nobility used beer steins during banquets. Nowadays, they’re used at German bars and are also obligatory tourist souvenirs.
Flag: the German flag is tricolor with three horizontal bands of equal width in the national colors of Germany: black, red, and gold.
National day: Oct. 3
Area: 357,121 square kilometers
Population: about 83.02 million (2021)
Government: federal, parliamentary, republican constitutional system