Germany and Its Technological

Germany has been internationally recognised for its inventors and innovations over the past few centuries. From producing writers such as Goethe to rival England’s Shakespeare, artists, poets, philosophers and composers to inventors and scientists such as Hans Geiger, Rudolf Diesel, Johannes Gutenberg, Albert Einstein and Karl Benz, the Germans have been consistently leaving their mark on the ever-developing field of creations and technology. At German universities particular emphasis is placed on the sciences and research and development facilities.

This continues to the present day, with the country displaying its technological prowess in everyday situations like travelling on a high-speed intercity train, going to the supermarket and returning your bottles to machines for extra money or withdrawing money in a bank complete with television screens and 24 hour access to ATMs in a foyer. Germans are particularly fond of their high quality, environmentally friendly cars such as Audi, BMW and Mercedes. In Würzburg, the city in Bavaria where I’m staying for a year, there seems to be an unusually high number of phone shops selling tariffs and handsets. In a city of 130,000 I counted 12 phone shops in the very centre of town. They are all very hi-tech and futuristic-looking in order to entice the average consumer.

As a British student, living in Germany for a year as a casual observer brings to view just how important embracing technology is for the Germans. Take any German taxi and it will be a Mercedes. Land at any German airport and you will see sponsorship of technological innovations by companies such as BMW in Munich Airport. Even the German trains at the cheaper end of the scale are efficient and modern. Germans have been using bendy buses since the end of the 1970s.

They seem to have escaped the stereotype of still living in the 1980s, complete with awful perms, bad fashion sense and terrible music. German teenagers are very similar to British teenagers, both being influenced by American music and television. With new technologies being introduced to Germany, there is a call for new German verbs to also be created, but I doubt that the literary giant Goethe would approve of ‘facebooken’ (to Facebook) or ‘downloaden’ (to download). I’d like to sum this up by pointing out that I’m living in the richer South of Germany, but I have travelled quite extensively across the country and technology is more a part of daily life than can be said for Britain. Certainly, there is no central hub for the best services like the core region of South East England. A fairly even distribution of large towns and cities across Germany means that all regions are well connected and the spread of technology and the lifestyle it brings is all across Germany.