Culture & Sports

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.

More on Culture in Germany


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.

DW | Culture & Lifestyle

Mar 29, 2017 10:35 AM

Suspense mounts over Bob Dylan's Nobel appearance

Will the musician give his required lecture and pick up the Nobel Prize money in Stockholm or not? That's the question many are asking as Bob Dylan's planned performances in April edge closer.

Mar 29, 2017 10:06 AM

How London's Goethe-Institut is fighting for foreign languages amidst Brexit

What does Brexit mean for language-learning and cultural exchange in the UK? The head of London's Goethe-Institut told DW that the impact is already being felt - but she remains optimistic for the future.

Mar 28, 2017 3:53 PM

Europe's best magicians meet in Bonn

International magicians will be fascinating audiences during the Magic Weeks, running until the beginning of April in Bonn. DW met the European Magic Champion, Patrick Lehnen, to discuss the tricks of the trade.

Mar 28, 2017 11:26 AM

5 books for spring

As temperatures rise and the reading chair on the balcony beckons, we present novels from Britain, Russia, Germany and Finland, as well as a new edition of works by Edgar Allen Poe.

Mar 28, 2017 10:02 AM

Miss Piggy takes down Trump in Elfriede Jelinek's new play

The message in Nobel Prize-winning playwright Elfriede Jelinek's one-woman monologue is clear: 'The king is guilty.' The Austrian artist plays with pop culture in the work that premiered in Trump's hometown: New York.