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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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Jun 29, 2017 2:14 PM

Academy invites Daniel Brühl and Fatih Akin to vote for Oscars

German actor Daniel Brühl and director Fatih Akin have been offered membership in the Oscars Academy - two out of 774 film professionals invited to join this year.

Jun 29, 2017 2:01 PM

The allure of the Montreux Jazz Festival

The renowned Montreux Jazz Festival has drawn jazz lovers from all over the world to the town on Lake Geneva, Switzerland, for 51 years. The 2017 edition runs from June 30 to July 15. Here's a peek at the lineup.

Jun 29, 2017 12:42 PM

Marriage for all: celebrities tying the same-sex knot

As Germany readies to make a historic vote on same-sex marriage, we look at the artists, musicians and celebrities who have already tied the knot with their same-sex partners.

Jun 28, 2017 3:50 PM

Two drinks away from schizophrenia: 'Axolotl Overkill' shows what it's like to be young in Berlin

Celebrated on the festival circuit, a daring film by director Helena Hegemann, "Axolotl Overkill," premieres in Germany. It was adapted from her 2010 book, but can it live up to its literary counterpart?

Jun 28, 2017 3:25 PM

Paddington Bear creator Michael Bond dies at 91

Michael Bond, author of the cherished children's classic, "A Bear called Paddington," has died at the age of 91 following a short illness. Here are other famous fictional bears in film and literature.