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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.

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Feb 27, 2015 10:56 AM

Stolen Picasso shipped to US as worthless 'handicraft'

A century-old stolen painting by the Cubist artist Pablo Picasso has resurfaced in the US. An attempt had been made to smuggle it into the country as craft of little value.

Feb 27, 2015 9:53 AM

Blog to book: Berlin's secret places unveiled

It is a key reference for all off-beat explorers with a passion for rust and flaking paint, set to an historical backdrop. Now "Abandoned Berlin," one of the city's most popular blogs, has been released in print.

Feb 26, 2015 6:30 PM

'IS' abducts Syria Christians, destroys Iraq artifacts

"Islamic State" fighters have abducted at least 220 Christians in Syria. IS also released a video in which members smash ancient artifacts with sledgehammers in Iraq, describing the relics as idols that must be removed.

Feb 26, 2015 11:32 AM

Elite US Marine: Why Germany should watch 'Sniper'

Chris Kyle, played by Bradley Cooper, was a record-setting sniper

American patriotism and military penchant has long baffled Germans. As "American Sniper" hits cinemas in Germany, a former elite Marine explains what goes on in a soldier's head - and why there are "warriors" everywhere.

Feb 26, 2015 8:20 AM

'Sniper' plays to Germany's American stereotypes

As "American Sniper" divides US society, Germany is befuddled, as always, by the unbridled patriotism of their North American friends. Here, the military isn't a source of pride, and combat deaths aren't talked about.