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25th anniversary Fall of the Berlin Wall

The German Cultural World

Germany: the "Land of the poets and thinkers." [das Land der Dichter und Denker] Goethe was German, as were Bach and Beethoven. And yet, as a nation of culture, Germany has no national authority with overall responsibility for culture for the country as a whole.

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A scene from Fritz Lang's "Metropolis" © Courtesy of Kino International

Lights! Camera! Action!

Germany is a country of film legends. In the 1920s, Berlin's famed Babelsberg studios was one of Hollywood's top competitors. Today, a new generation of filmmakers is winning international acclaim with smart takes on tough topics.

Music & Theater

The Bamberg Symphony

From Wagner to Wir Sind Helden

Germany’s reputation as a musical nation is still based on names like Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, but artists from Stockhausen to Kraftwerk have helped define our modern musical language. Germany's experimental theatrical and dance productions also receive worldwide recognition.

Visual Arts

Joseph Beuys, 1979

From Dürer to documenta

From Renaissance master Albrecht Dürer and 19th-century romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich to the expressionists of the early 20th century and the multi-faceted approach to the arts initiated by the legendary Bauhaus, Germany has an extraordinarily rich artistic tradition.


Hans Otto Theater in Potsdam © Colourbox

Fairytale Castles & Green Innovation

Architecture in Germany is thriving, and Berlin showcases works by many of the biggest names on the international stage. Among the various trends, it is in green building and ecological improvements that Germany really leads the way.


Author Herta Müller

From Goethe to Grass

Germany is a book country: With around 94,000 titles published or re-published annually, it is one of the world’s leading book nations. The licenses for almost 9,000 German books are sold to foreign companies annually.


Das deutsche Volleyball-Nationalteam der Damen


Germany is a country full of athletes and fans. From soccer to diving to dancing, German athletes have excelled in international and domestic competition. Many German athletes are currently playing in the US as well, in the NFL, MLB and NBA.

The Goethe-Institut

Grünes Logo des Goethe-Instituts

The Goethe-Institut is the Federal Republic of Germany’s cultural institute, active worldwide. It promotes the study of German abroad and encourages international cultural exchange.

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May 22, 2017 4:04 PM

Martin Luther lives on - in the art world

In contrast to three national Martin Luther exhibitions in Germany, a new international show in a former jail in Wittenberg entitled "Luther and the Avantgarde" triggers controversy with works by 66 artists.

May 22, 2017 2:28 PM

The photographer behind Marilyn Monroe's most iconic photo

We've all seen Marilyn Monroe in a white dress standing over a subway ventilation. The iconic image is Sam Shaw's most famous, but certainly not his most moving. His work is now on show in Germany.

May 22, 2017 1:22 PM

How musical improvisation works

As project director of Bonn's Jazzfest, Anke Steinbeck had the opportunity to talk with jazz musicians about improvisation and the magic of jazz. Thomas Quasthoff and Niels Klein paid homage to the musical form.

May 22, 2017 12:17 PM

Dresdner Sinfoniker forced to move protest concert to Mexico

The concert on June 3 was meant to protest President Trump's plan for a wall along the Mexican border, but US authorities have disrupted the Dresdner Sinfoniker's plans. Now the German orchestra is forced to relocate.

May 21, 2017 5:17 PM

Music raises disease awareness at AIDS gala

A high-profile politician, a witty TV host and nine soloists making waves on the international opera scene: the AIDS gala in Bonn used high art to deliver a serious message on the future of AIDS prevention.