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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

Apr 17, 2015 3:08 PM

Wim Wenders: 'As a photographer, I'm a listener'

Making a movie is a group project. That's why filmmaker Wim Wenders appreciates the solitude of photography, he tells DW. His works are now on show at Dusseldorf's Kunstpalast.

Apr 17, 2015 10:15 AM

Hans Mayer: 'There's more money than good art'

Warhol, Beuys, Haring¿ Art gallery owner Hans Mayer has rubbed shoulders with the biggest names. He tells DW why auction prices soar to inconceivable sums - and how he got Kraftwerk in his gallery.

Apr 16, 2015 4:16 PM

Note that helped bring down Berlin Wall now on show

The memo, which East German Politburo member Günter Schabowski wrote for the historic press conference on November 9, 1989, has reappeared. It is now on display in the Haus der Geschichte in Bonn.

Apr 16, 2015 1:33 PM

Techno museum to open in Frankfurt

Germany's biggest indoor electronic rave 'Mayday,' which annually welcomes 20,000 to 25,000 visitors

"Music is the key to technology," Brian Eno once said. And true to this maxim, Frankfurt is set to become the home of Germany's first museum for electronic music. But a stereotypical museum this most certainly is not.

Apr 16, 2015 9:20 AM

Photographer Platon: 'My job is to remind people how important love is'

He's portrayed Obama, Putin and Snowden and shot the most impactful photograph of the 2008 US presidential election campaign. Photographer Platon tells DW how he helps us focus in our modern era of distractions.