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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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Aug 21, 2017 10:10 AM

Algorithms are 'existential threat' to shared reality, says Cathy O'Neil

Big data is being used in political campaigning like never before. But for better or for worse? Mathematician Cathy O'Neil spoke to DW about how algorithms can be used as weapons that undermine democracy.

Aug 21, 2017 10:03 AM

Claudia Schiffer book celebrates 30 years of modeling

Despite self-described shyness, the German schoolgirl once teased for her long legs rose to become a top supermodel. A new book gathers Schiffer's best photos together and celebrates her iconic career.

Aug 20, 2017 8:36 PM

Comedy legend Jerry Lewis dies aged 91

Jerry Lewis in 1961's The Ladies Man

US comedian Jerry Lewis has died in Las Vegas at the age of 91, US media report. Lewis, who died of natural causes, was one of the most successful and revered actors in the history of Hollywood.

Aug 20, 2017 12:16 PM

Spain releases Dogan Akhanli, German author detained on Turkish warrant

German-Turkish author Dogan Akhanli, who was detained in Spain after Turkey issued an Interpol arrest warrant, has been released. His detention added more strain to ties between Ankara and Berlin.

Aug 18, 2017 5:24 PM

Berlin Long Night of Museums celebrates its 20th year

Just one ticket for all museums - that's the idea behind the Long Night of Museums. Invented 20 years ago in Berlin, the noctural museum festival has spread to many cities around the globe.