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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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Feb 24, 2017 4:40 PM

Princess Diana: Dresses that tell a story

Glittering gowns, elegant suits and bold mini dresses worn by the late Princess Diana are on show at Kensington Palace, marking the 20th anniversary of her death. The new exhibition charts her evolving style.

Feb 24, 2017 3:09 PM

5 German Carnival traditions with surprising origins

Germany is celebrating its so-called "fifth season" with more than a few odd customs, many of which date back centuries. Here are five such traditions, including snipped ties and men dressed up as virgins.

Feb 24, 2017 12:41 PM

Who was Karl May? Facts and myths surrounding the creator of Winnetou

Best-selling author Karl May dresses as his character Old Shatterhand.

His character Winnetou was as famous as Harry Potter, but the life of best-selling author Karl May, born 175 years ago, remains shrouded in mystery. What is fact and what is fiction?

Feb 24, 2017 11:17 AM

New York Philharmonic, sounding young at 175

The oldest symphony orchestra in the United States, and one of the oldest in the world, celebrates its 175th anniversary in 2017. Here's everything you need to know about the New York Philharmonic.

Feb 24, 2017 9:35 AM

3D replicas spread wealth of Luther artifacts

To mark 500 years of the Protestant Reformation, dozens of artifacts related to Martin Luther have been digitized. Plans for 3D replicas can be downloaded and printed by those hosting their own Luther exhibition.