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  • Alright!

  • Lederhosen, schnitzel, beer,

  • bratwurst, order, bread and beer,

  • complicated history, beer,

  • no humor, EDM,

  • and gummy bears that will kind of like

  • give you diarrhea but it's like worth it.

  • Ugh! Those are such horrible stereotypes that every

  • German is so sick and tired of hearing.

  • Want a gummy bear?

  • ♫♫♫

  • It's time to learn Geography! NOW!!! ♫

  • Hey everyone, I'm your host Barby.

  • So we've conquered Belgium's castle,

  • jumped through Denmark's lagoon

  • danced to France's force

  • and now we've made it to the final boss of the EU,

  • Kingpin Germany!

  • Level one! Begin!

  • Political Geography

  • Ha, you know why I'm smiling!

  • Yep, Germany has a lot of territorial anomalies.

  • We'll get into that in a little bit but first,

  • Germany is located in central Western Europe

  • bordered by nine other countries,

  • (Don't forget little Luxembourg!)

  • with small coasts on the North and Baltic Seas

  • which they own about 50 small islands.

  • Now Germany like, the US, is a

  • Federal Republic which has 16 smaller states

  • or Bundesländer,

  • each with its own constitution,

  • three of which are cities,

  • the capital Berlin, Hamburg and

  • Bremen which is actually kind of like

  • two cities including Bremerhaven

  • on the coast but they kind of act like one entity.

  • Pfffhhh!

  • Fun side note: Lower Saxony is

  • actually geographically situated further

  • north than regular Saxony.

  • Now let's jump into the fun stuff.

  • Now we already discussed the Jungholz quadripoint

  • and the Vennbahn railway enclaves with Belgium and Austria.

  • However, there's a few more.

  • The entire town ofsingen am Hochrhein is surrounded by Switzerland

  • where a part of Konstanz is cut off by the Rhine river

  • and surrounded by Switzerland,

  • however immediately across the river,

  • a small patch of empty land

  • on the German side actually belongs to Switzerland.

  • Finally they split the island of Usedom

  • with Poland in the north.

  • Germany is interesting because every

  • state in the country has its own

  • distinct culture, dialect, history, food,

  • and traditions. I mean Bavarians will be

  • quite drastically different from Schleswig-Holsteiners,

  • Mecklenburg-Vorpommern will be different from Saarland.

  • This all has to do with ancient and recent history.

  • Basically, in the quickest way I can summarize this,

  • Germanic tribes, Roman Wars,

  • Charlemagne, three kingdoms,

  • this guy marries an Italian, creating a whole new mess

  • called the Holy Roman Empire

  • made of about 300 smaller separate kingdoms,

  • states and dukedoms which had nothing to do with Romans,

  • Teutonic knights,

  • Brandenburgs became Prussia,

  • Habsburgs became Austrians,

  • Lithuanians and Poles made their own thing,

  • whereas the Hungarians join the Austrians.

  • Wars, wars, battles, battles,

  • Napoleon comes over and messes everything up,

  • and finally German nationalism surges

  • and in 1871, Otto von Bismarck

  • creates the first proto-German unified state,

  • and they're all like; "Oh dang, we came late to this game,

  • we gotta scramble for some colonies," and that's

  • how all of these countries at one point

  • spoke German. Oh and also keep in mind

  • like 300 years before this, a German

  • banking company obtained colonial rights

  • to Venezuela for like 20 years. They were

  • looking for the lost city of El Dorado.

  • So technically, you can kind of see

  • Germans colonized the Americas, but it

  • wasn't like a nationalized conquest thing.

  • Fast foward even more and then

  • you get World War I, the monarchy ends,

  • Treaty of Versailles, they lose land,

  • Nazis come in, World War II, Germany splits in two

  • for about 40 years, and then finally...

  • we get the Germany we have today.

  • East Germany consisting of these states is today

  • still quite different from the rest of

  • Germany as it was first occupied

  • and influenced by the Soviet Union. They are

  • generally not as well off economically

  • as a rest of the country as you can

  • still see the blocky Soviet-style

  • buildings brought throughout the regions.

  • In fact, the city of Berlin was split in

  • half and the west side was actually

  • an enclave of West Germany only accessible

  • by train and highway. You can even see

  • from a satellite image to divide.

  • East Berlin still uses the yellowish tinted

  • sulfur vapor lightbulbs, whereas the West

  • still uses fluorescent and Mercury arc

  • white tinted light bulbs. And the funny

  • thing is, although Berlin is the largest

  • city in Germany, the busiest airports are

  • actually Frankfurt, Munich, Düsseldorf,

  • with Berlin-Tegel ranking at number four.

  • Otherwise, some top notable landmarks and

  • spots would be the Brandenburg Gate,

  • the Valhalla, Cologne Cathedral, the Ulm Minster Church,

  • the tallest in the world, the Berlin Victory Column, and hundreds and

  • hundreds of castles all over. The most

  • notable one probably being Neuschwanstein,

  • the concept behind Disney's Cinderella Castle. Germany also has over

  • 400 zoos, more than any other country in

  • the world, and of course, everybody knows

  • about the autobahn, the highway system in

  • which if you see this sign, it means there's

  • no speed limit, and it's like that for a

  • huge portion of the roadway. And no

  • wonder, considering how fast and wide those

  • cultivated countrysides can get.

  • Time for level two!

  • Physical Geography

  • Okay think of it this way, in Germany, the

  • more down you go, the more up you move.

  • Basically, Germany lies on the Atlantic

  • shelf in the North that starts with the

  • mudflats in the North Sea. Seriously this

  • island right here is accessible only for

  • a few hours by foot until the tide comes in

  • and floods everything. Then everything

  • just kind of creeps up into the Alps

  • and the south by Bavaria and

  • Baden-Württemberg, with the highest

  • mountain, Zugspitze, located right

  • along the border with Austria. Kinda like

  • France, Germany is filled with a vast

  • irrigating network of rivers like

  • the Spree, Elbe, Wesel, Rhine and

  • of course the mighty Danube that starts

  • here. About a third of the land is arable

  • and another third is woodland, and after

  • a millennia of civilization, Germans have

  • cultivated the crap out of their

  • country! Most agriculture of course

  • happens in the north flat plains and the

  • central regions of the country, which is

  • by the way kind of like Europe's tornado alley,

  • due to its position sandwich between

  • the Arctic blasts of Scandinavia and

  • the moist warm jet streams of the

  • Mediterranean below, Germany can be an

  • atmosphere at war zone in the summer.

  • There are more tornadoes on average in

  • Germany than any other country in Europe.

  • Speaking of flat farmland, Germany is the

  • world's largest rye and hop producer.

  • Germans abso-freaking-lutely love their

  • bread! There are over 300 different kinds

  • of bread in the country more types than

  • any other country in the world and

  • almost every meal incorporate some kind

  • of slice or small bun or Brötchen of bread.

  • "Bist du gluten-free?"

  • "Nein!"

  • Germans are heavy meat eaters, specifically in pork,

  • they basically know every possible way

  • to cook a pig. Over 50 different types of

  • sausage exist, alongside Schnitzels, Rouladen,

  • Sauerbraten, Schweinshaxe, and a big