Seven German Products That Changed The World

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

4711 eau de cologne

Deutsche Welle (DW) took a look at seven products to come out of Germany that have had a major impact on the world today, some more obvious than others. Even if the original German product or invention wasn’t the one to go mainstream, the world would be a different place without some of these timeless gems.

If you wake up in the morning and freshen up with cologne, check your computer and play some music encoded as an MP3, you have the Germans to thank. Maybe you check for the time on your cuckoo clock, pop an Aspirin and head out for work in your car. All of that is thanks to some great German inventions.

So what are the “Seven Immortal German Products” as DW calls them? We’ve included the list below, but we highly recommend visiting the detailed list put together by DW for a brief history of all seven.

  1. 4711 eau de cologne
  2. The Z3 computer
  3. Birkenstock sandals
  4. MP3 file format
  5. Aspirin
  6. The spark plug
  7. The cuckoo clock


Sources: DW
Photo: Remon Rijper [Flickr]

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Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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