In German, as well as many other European languages, we find more than one verb used to convey the state of knowing. In German, the distinction is made between knowing a fact
and knowing about
something or being familiar with it.
In most situations, wissen is used mainly to convey “to know”, and as a noun, das Wissen
actually translates directly to “knowledge.” This verb is used anytime the speaker is referring to knowing facts
. For this reason, it can either start a subordinate clause or take a direct object.