Here’s where to find the fastest internet in Germany

Internet speed can vary greatly across the country, so if you're feeling tied down by a slow connection, perhaps it's time to consider a move.

Here’s where to find the fastest internet in Germany
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A new study from consumer comparison website Verivox shows how greatly average internet speeds can vary from one corner of Germany to another.

The study, seen and reported on by Spiegel on Friday, looked at 25 big cities in Germany and compared their average internet speeds in megabits per second (Mbits/s).

Karlsruhe in the southwest state of Baden-Württemberg had the absolute fastest average rate at 70 Mbits/s, while the central city of Erfurt had speeds of less than half that: 31 Mbits/s. Karlsruhe locals were also surfing about twice as fast as Munich's residents, whose speeds were on average 36 Mbits/s.

Surprisingly, startup hub Berlin fell within the lower half of the internet rates at 42 Mbits/s, and the wealthy Bavarian capital of Munich was the third worst city.

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Above: green areas indicate high internet speeds, the magenta areas indicate lower speeds.

In general, west and southwest Germany seemed to have the best rates, with Rhineland cities like Essen, Cologne and Düsseldorf all boasting rates of over 50 Mbits/s. Aside from Karlsruhe in Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart had the third best rate of 61 Mbits/s.

In central Germany, while the two major cities of Frankfurt and Wiesbaden had comparatively speedy Internet rates of more than 60 Mbits/s, nearby Mainz was flailing behind at 40 Mbits/s.

The report also revealed how few internet provider options those outside of cities have, as well as how much more they pay compared to city dwellers. The biggest difference could be seen in the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein where city residents pay on average €306.60 per year for internet, while small town locals pay €362.88 – a €56.28 difference.


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REVEALED: The most commonly asked questions about Germans and Germany

Ever wondered what the world is asking about Germany and the Germans? We looked at Google’s most searched results to find out – and help clear some of these queries up.

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According to popular searches, Germany is the go-to place for good coffee and bread (although only if you like the hard kind) and the place to avoid if what you’re looking for is good food, good internet connection and low taxes. Of course, this is subjective; some people will travel long stretches to get a fresh, hot pretzel or a juicy Bratwurst, while others will take a hard pass.

When it comes to the question on the bad Internet – there is some truth to this. Germany is known for being behind other rich nations when it comes to connectivity. And from personal experience, the internet connection can seem a little medieval. The incoming German coalition government has, however, vowed to improve internet connectivity as part of their plans to modernise the country.

There are also frequent questions on learning the German language, and people pointing out that it is hard and complicated. This is probably due to the long compound words and its extensive grammar rules, however, as both English and German are Germanic languages with similar words in common, it’s not impossible to learn as an English-speaker.

Here’s a look at some of those questions…

Why is German called Deutsch? Whereas ‘German’ comes from the Latin, ‘Deutsch’ instead derives itself from the Indo-European root “þeudō”, meaning “people”. This slowly became “Deutsch” as we know it today. It can be a bit confusing to English-speakers, who are right to think it sounds a little more like “Dutch”, however the two languages do have the same roots which may explain it.

And why is Germany so boring? Again, probably a generalisation, especially given that Germany has a landmass of over 350,000 km² with areas ranging from high rise, industrial cities to traditional old town villages and even mountain ranges, so you’re sure to find a place that doesn’t bore you to tears.

Perhaps it is a question that comes from the stereotype that Germans are obsessed with being strict about rules, organised and analytical. Or that they have no sense of humour – all of these things being not the most exciting traits. 

Either way, from my experience I can confirm that, even though there is truth to German society enjoying order and rules, the vast majority of people are not boring, and I’m sure if you come to Germany you’ll meet many interesting, funny and exciting people. 

READ ALSO: 12 mistakes foreigners make when moving to Germany

When it comes to the German weather, most people assume a cold and cloudy climate, however this isn’t entirely true. While the autumn and winter, especially in the north, come with grey skies and sub-zero temperatures, Germany can have some beautiful summers, with temperatures frequently rising above 30C in some places.

Unsurprisingly, the power and wealth of the German nation is mentioned – Germany is the largest economy in Europe after all, with a GDP of 3.8 trillion dollars. This could be due to strong industry sectors in the country, including vehicle constructions (I was a little surprised to find no questions posed on German cars), chemical and electrical industry and engineering. There are also many strong economic cities in Germany, most notably Munich, Frankfurt am Main and Hamburg.

READ ALSO: Eight unique words and phrases that tell us something about Germany

Smart and tall?

Why are Germans so tall? They are indeed taller than many other nations, with the average German measuring a good 172.87cm (or 5 feet 8.06 inches), however this may be a question better posed to the Dutch, who make up the tallest people in the world.

Why are Germans so smart? While this is again a generalisation – as individuals have different levels of intelligence in all countries – this question may stem from Germany’s free higher education system or their seemingly efficient work ethic. Plus there does seem to be some scientific research behind this question, with a study done in 2006 finding that Germans had the highest IQ in Europe.

So, while many of the questions posed about Germany and Germans on Google stem from stereotypes, we can confirm that some aren’t entirely made up. If you’re looking to debunk some frequently asked questions about France and the French, check out this article by our sister site HERE.