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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.


German gymnast Elisabeth Seitz performs on balance beam during women's qualification in the North Greenwich Arena


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


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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Oct 13, 2015 10:04 AM

How publishers deal with politically persecuted authors

In countries like China, Egypt or Iran, publishing a book can be a crime. As the Frankfurt Book Fair opens, here are publishers that give silenced authors a voice. One even helped its author defect.

Oct 13, 2015 9:55 AM

Why Frank Witzel unexpectedly, but deservedly won Germany's highest literary accolade

Despite strong reviews, Frank Witzel wasn't considered a favorite for the prestigious German Book Prize - until he won. His 99-chapter oeuvre offers a rich, enigmatic look at Cold War Germany - through a boy's eyes.

Oct 12, 2015 4:04 PM

Iranian publishers defy Frankfurt Book Fair boycott

Around 10 Iranian publishers will be participating in the world's largest book fair despite Iran's boycott. The book fair director said "freedom of the word is not negotiable" as Rushdie's book spurs new controversy.

Oct 12, 2015 11:58 AM

5 must-read books to travel around the world

In the lead-up to the Frankfurt Book Fair, DW's Sabine Peschel has compiled a list of essential reads that go way beyond the touristic postcard, documenting social and political transformations abroad.

Oct 9, 2015 3:53 PM

Scant applause for Alexievich in her home country

Belarussian president Alexander Lukashenko congratulated her on her Nobel Prize for Literature only several hours after the announcement. Warmer recognition came from oppositional forces in the Country.