Quick Facts

Map of Germany
Population: 81,757,600
Languages: German
Climate: Temperate, cool, cloudy and wet.
Captial City: Berlin


  • The Brandenburg Gate – the main entrance to Berlin, first constructed in 1791 and mostly unchanged save for restoration, the site of many historic events in Germany.
  • The Alps – one of the great mountain range systems of Europe, the Alps cover Austria, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Germany and France.
  • Upper Middle Rhine Valley – a stretch of valley around the famous Rhine river. An important transport route as well as culturally important, with castles, towns and vineyards. Inscribed on World Heritage List in 2002.

The Hedgehog (European)

Habitat: Woodland and grasslands, but most common in cultivated habitats such as farmland, orchards and vineyards.


Omnivorous – worms, slugs, caterpillars, insects, frogs, berries, small eggs and sometimes adders.
Classification and relatives: Mammals in a special class of their own. Hedgehogs are distinguished by the spines on their backs. When frightened, a hedgehog will curl into a ball, protecting its soft underbelly with its spines. Hedgehogs are not related to porcupines or echidnas!
Conservation status: Not endangered.
Lifespan: Up to 6 years in the wild, up to 10 in captivity.