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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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Mar 25, 2017 10:16 AM

Happy 70th birthday, Sir Elton

Bright glittery suits, plateau shoes, feather boas and crazy glasses: in the 1970s, Elton John was one of the most flashy characters in pop music. Decades later, he is married and the father of two sons.

Mar 24, 2017 5:41 PM

Nike Wagner on getting in touch with our emotions for this year's Beethovenfest

The theme for Beethovenfest Bonn 2017 is "Distant Love." The festival's director wants audience members to take a moment to reflect on their own feelings as they explore a more lyrical Beethoven.

Mar 24, 2017 5:29 PM

Beethovenfest 2017 looks toward "The Distant Beloved"

A song cycle and an enigmatic, unapproachable object of affections led to an outburst of productivity in the latter part of Ludwig van Beethoven's life - as the festival demonstrates in the coming season.

Mar 24, 2017 4:38 PM

Kelly Family comeback: Germany's most famous family band returns to the stage

They were Germany's American-Irish Trapp family. Two parents and a slew of children traveled Europe in a VW bus, singing and performing, and eventually became famous. Now the Kelly Family is making a sold-out comeback.

Mar 24, 2017 3:57 PM

KINO favorites: 7 German movie stars you need to know

For the latest in DW's series on the best in German cinema, we pick the seven wonderful German performers - four actresses, three actors - who look poised to take their place on the international stage.