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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.

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Visual Arts & Design

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. It doesn't, however, end there!

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Music & Performing Arts

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.

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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.



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 sporting nation! The best-loved leisure time sports are soccer, winter sports, gymnastics, tennis, shooting, athletics and handball. Germany, no stranger to hosting major international sporting events, hosted the FIFA Women’s World Cup in June and July 2011 and the Men's World Cup in 2006.

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Sep 1, 2014 3:28 PM

Anna Amalia Library director recalls historic blaze

It was a cultural catastrophe: 10 years ago, Weimar's Anna Amalia Library caught fire. Director Michael Knoche tells DW about rescuing books with his bare hands and why a valuable Copernicus work only recently turned up.

Sep 1, 2014 1:24 PM

Is Neuschwanstein all it's cracked up to be?

Neuschwanstein Castle, with over 10,000 visitors a day, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Germany. It is also a candidate for UNESCO's World Heritage list. But is it really worth a visit?

Sep 1, 2014 10:35 AM

September 2014: DW's culture calendar

Oktoberfest in Munich and Beethovenfest in Bonn are just some of the major parties in Germany this September. There's also plenty for fans of photography, literature and theater in this list of tips compiled by DW.

Aug 29, 2014 2:17 PM

All aboard! Take Pulse's transportation quiz

How many different metro systems have you ridden on across the globe? See if you can recognize these subway announcements from all over the world, take the quiz for a chance to win a prize.

Aug 29, 2014 1:26 PM

'All we ask of cinema is to be surprised, to be moved'

Film composer Alexandre Desplat is leading the jury at this year's Venice Film Festival. It's the first time a musician has been appointed to the role. He tells DW what the job means to him.