German inventions

All of these things were invented in Germany!



die MP3
Invented: 1989

Do you enjoy listening to music on your MP3 player? It was a German inventor who worked out how to make song files so small that they can fit on to such a tiny gadget!

der Fußballschuh
(football boots – with screw-in studs)
Invented: 1948

Do you like football? Think how much more difficult it would be to play in wet weather without studs on your boots. A German inventor came up with the idea of modern screw-in studs (‘Schraubstollen’)!

(Gummy Bears)
Invented: 1922

Do you like these tasty treats? Well, they’re a German invention! Gummibären were the idea of Hans Riegel, the founder of Haribo.
Find out more about Gummibären

die Mundharmonika
Invented: 1821

Have you ever tried to play a tune on the harmonica? If so, you’ll know that this little instrument isn’t that easy to master! It was invented by Christian Friedrich Ludwig Buschmann.

das Röntgengerät
(X-ray machine)
Invented: 1895

Have you ever broken your leg? It was a German inventor (Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen) we have to thank for the invention of the X-ray machine.

das Auto
(motor car)
Invented: 1885

Ever wanted to be a racing driver? Well, there wouldn’t be any car racing without Carl Benz, who invented the motor car!

die Druckpresse
(printing press)
Invented: 1440

Are you a bookworm? It was a German, Johannes Gutenberg, who invented the printing press. Before this invention, every book had to be written by hand. Just imagine how long it took before a story was finished!