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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

Jan 17, 2017 9:21 AM

Betty White, comedian and actress, turns 95

Best known for her role as Rose Nylund in the '80s sitcom "Golden Girls," funnywoman Betty White has broken new ground in Hollywood for much of her 95 years. She's also been an icon for women and gay rights supporters.

Jan 17, 2017 8:21 AM

Carl Laemmle, the German who invented Hollywood

He left Germany for the US with only a few dollars and became one of the great pioneers of Hollywood: Carl Laemmle's life would be worth a movie in itself. This nearly forgotten producer was born 150 years ago.

Jan 17, 2017 8:19 AM

Why Muhammad Ali was a work of art

Muhammad Ali was not just one of the greatest ever boxers. He was a media-savvy cultural icon who is part of the history of photography. On what would've have been his 75th birthday, we look at Ali as a photo muse.

Jan 16, 2017 4:43 PM

Performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky flees Russia

Facing allegations of rape, dissident artist Pyotr Pavlensky has fled his native Russia and is seeking political asylum in France. Pavlensky's previous performances have led to run-ins with the law.

Jan 16, 2017 12:53 PM

'The artworks belong to Iran and the Iranian people': DW interview with Iran's former empress, Farah Diba Pahlavi

As the empress of Iran, Farah Diba Pahlavi built up one of the world's most valuable collections of modern art. After a rare show of the works in Berlin was canceled, DW spoke with Pahlavi about art and life in exile.