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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

May 24, 2015 3:41 AM

Opinion: Art and democracy? It's possible!

A crowd-pleaser? Or unconventional? The Eurovision Song Contest always struggles with this contradiction, and sometimes succeeds - as it did this year - in fulfilling both, writes DW music editor Rick Fulker from Vienna.

May 22, 2015 3:40 PM

Million dollar question: What to do with Nazi art?

The discovery of the "Walking Horses" from Nazi sculptor Josef Thorak has raised the question of how to deal with the art and culture legacy of Nazi Germany.

May 21, 2015 8:44 PM

Opinion: Delusions of grandeur, no creativity

The occupation of Palmyra by 'Islamic State' is a disaster both for the local population and the city's unique cultural heritage. Its foreseeable destruction has a clear aim, writes Anne Allmeling from Cairo.

May 21, 2015 4:17 PM

Joan Baez, Ai Weiwei receive Amnesty International award in Berlin

Human rights meet culture in this year's Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award. Folk singer Joan Baez and dissident Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei are being honored for their contribution to human rights.

May 21, 2015 11:23 AM

'Charlie Hebdo' illustrator works through attack in new book

Caricaturist Luz has gone to hell and back. He survived the "Charlie Hebdo" attack and has worked through his grief in a new book, "Catharsis." It involves a vampire, but also sunshine and laughter.