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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

Jul 3, 2015 11:47 AM

The Helene Fischer phenomenon: 'Adore her or reject her'

With gaudy costumes and 80s-style dance routines, Helene Fischer has become one of the most successful German artists of all time - and polarized the country. Music expert Volkmar Kramarz explains her recipe for success.

Jul 1, 2015 4:03 PM

Why Berlin's at-risk libraries need saving

Some of Berlin's libraries plan to streamline their inventory, which could lead to massive cuts. As concerned library goers fight for their right to read, DW's Stuart Braun reflects on a sacred public institution.

Jul 1, 2015 11:19 AM

US ballet celebrates first black female principal dancer

Amid racial turmoil in the US, classical ballet is celebrating a rarity: The American Ballet Theatre has named the first female black principal dancer in its 75-year history.

Jul 1, 2015 10:36 AM

US court affirms Apple conspired to fix e-book prices

Apple conspired illegally with publishers to fix e-book prices, an appeals court in New York has confirmed. That means consumers may have paid too much for e-books since iBooks was launched in 2010.

Jun 30, 2015 4:30 PM

Kafka's manuscripts to go to Tel Aviv library

Franz Kafka wanted his manuscripts destroyed. By a twist of fate, they've been spared. And now a court in Tel Aviv has decided they should go to Israel's National Library.