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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.

DW | Culture & Lifestyle

Sep 28, 2016 2:52 PM

Paris goes short and sexy for fashion week

From see-through tops to transsexual models, Paris Fashion Week has taken a decidedly direct approach to gender issues featuring both daring debuts and tried classics.

Sep 28, 2016 11:18 AM

Germany's Lorelei to be revamped despite protests

The revamp is being designed by the firm Baukonsult-Knabe in Erfurt

Germany's most famous rock on the Rhine River, the Lorelei, is also home to a concert hall, hostel and other facilities. Now the area is set to get a facelift, but protestors are mourning the change with white crosses.

Sep 28, 2016 10:54 AM

How Miles Davis remade jazz over and over again

He revolutionized jazz several times and dabbled in many other musical genres. In honor of the 25th anniversary of trumpet legend Miles Davis' death, here is a look back at the mark he left on music.

Sep 28, 2016 10:02 AM

Iran's 'blogfather': Why social media is killing the free web

Pioneering Iranian blogger Hossein Derakhshan spent six years in prison for his work. He was disappointed by how trivial the internet had become upon his release. He told DW why.

Sep 27, 2016 2:40 PM

How Tintin creator Hergé reflected the ups and downs of the 20th century

Belgian cartoonist George Rémi, known as Hergé, was the creator of the famous reporter Tintin. Reflecting on the 20th century, his work is both criticized and cult. A major retrospective shows why he was a pioneer.