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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.

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Oct 26, 2016 9:55 AM

Once upon a time in Syria: New children's book compiles tales from refugees' home countries

Refugee children in Germany told author Thomas Mac Pfeifer their favorite bedtime stories. He then compiled a new multi-lingual book that brings together folklore from Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and other war zones.

Oct 25, 2016 10:56 PM

US author Paul Beatty wins Man Booker Prize

Paul Beatty has become the first American to win the prestigious Man Booker literary prize for a satirical look at race relations in the US. The awards ceremony has been held at the Guildhall in London.

Oct 25, 2016 3:49 PM

Berlin cancels Armenia genocide performance at Istanbul consulate

The Dresden Symphony Orchestra had been scheduled to perform "Aghet." The piece was written by a composer whose great-grandparents were killed in the Armenian genocide, and commemorates the massacre.

Oct 25, 2016 10:46 AM

Big data reveals Shakespeare co-authored 17 of his plays

Shakespeare got help in writing 17 of his world-famous plays - including from his supposed arch rival Christopher Marlowe. The mixed authorship was revealed in a new edition of his works that relied on big data.

Oct 25, 2016 8:10 AM

Germany's most unique film festival marks 50th anniversary - without the man who made it great

The Hof International Film Festival is held in a tiny Bavarian village, but draws names as big as Werner Herzog. Germany's most creative film festival, it has lost co-founder Heinz Badewitz, film's friendliest host.