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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.

DW | Culture & Lifestyle

Jul 30, 2015 2:46 PM

'Straight' is the new lesbian: Germany gets a new women's lifestyle magazine

Lesbianism is the most natural thing in the world, according to Germany's new women's magazine "Straight." It blasts clichés by not putting all lesbians in a box.

Jul 30, 2015 11:21 AM

Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei en route to Germany

Ai Weiwei is on his way to Germany. After four years without a passport, the dissident artist is free to travel. DW looks at what political restriction means for the artist and why his ties to Germany are so strong.

Jul 30, 2015 11:14 AM

'Mission Impossible' mimics Bond for risk-free action

The bad guys are back and that means Tom Cruise is, too. With chases and explosions galore, "Mission Impossible 5" sticks to the standard action tricks. But that's exactly why it will be a hit.

Jul 29, 2015 2:11 PM

Man Booker Prize reveals its 2015 longlist

The Man Booker Prize is the world's most important literary award and guarantees the winners' international success. The jury has now unveiled the longlist, which includes 13 books.

Jul 29, 2015 1:42 PM

Heavy metal fans invade Wacken

Every summer a small village in Germany turns into a Mecca for headbangers. The Wacken Open Air, the world's largest heavy metal festival, draws metal fans and top bands from around the world. Let the pilgrimage begin.