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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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Jul 22, 2016 3:44 PM

Harry Potter breaks a sweat: Quidditch World Cup in Germany

With its flying brooms and daring duels in the air, Quidditch was invented by Harry Potter writer JK Rowling. But the fictional sport has become reality - and a world championship is taking place in Germany.

Jul 22, 2016 3:28 PM

11 things to know about Wagner and Bayeuth

This year's Richard Wagner Festival in Bayreuth begins on July 25. There's no lack of information available about the composer, the festival he founded and the approaching season. We've sorted some of it out.

Jul 22, 2016 1:45 PM

5 books Donald Trump might have read - or not

The ghostwriter of the best-selling "The Art of the Deal" reveals everything he fears about Donald Trump. He regrets contributing to forging the myth - not only because the presidential candidate doesn't read books.

Jul 22, 2016 1:42 PM

What we can learn from East German doping victim Andreas Krieger

Shot putter Heidi Krieger, now Andreas, was systematically doped in East Germany - an experience that influenced his gender identity. A film about Krieger shows why every sports fan should care about the doping issue.

Jul 22, 2016 1:30 PM

From Anna Netrebko to a dark theater: What to expect at the Salzburg Festival

The Salzburg Festival is star-studded yet again - but this year, it could easily become a one-man show. These are the highlights for 2016.