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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 20, 2017 4:49 PM

Netflix to take down controversial ads in Germany

Ads for the new Netflix series "Santa Clarita Diet" depict dismembered fingers as fast food. Some people weren't amused. The streaming company decided to take the posters down.

Feb 20, 2017 2:22 PM

'Guilty' verdict on the spectacular 2010 Paris art theft

This picture from 2006 shows one of the paintings stolen in Paris: "The lady with the fan" by Amedeo Modigliani

The man responsible for France's biggest-ever art robbery, Vjéran Tomic, has been sentenced to eight years in prison. But where are the stolen masterpieces, worth 100 million euros, now?

Feb 20, 2017 12:06 PM

Nevermind forever: Kurt Cobain would have turned 50

What would have happened if Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain hadn't killed himself at the age of 27? One thing is clear: He wouldn't be part of the "27 club" of young musicians who died at the height of their careers.

Feb 19, 2017 3:55 PM

Trump's 'Sweden terror' remark leaves the internet laughing

Swedes were left scratching their heads over what happened #LastNightInSweden after US President Trump invented a terror attack in their nation. Now, the gaff has become a running joke on online.

Feb 18, 2017 8:55 PM

Berlinale: 'On Body and Soul' wins Golden Bear

Among the winners at the 2017 Berlinale was "On Body and Soul," an atmospheric love story that takes place in a Hungarian slaughterhouse, directed by Ildikó Enyedi, which took home the Golden Bear.