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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.

DW | Culture & Lifestyle

May 6, 2016 3:08 PM - A musical time machine

Let yourself get carried away by a beautiful musical collection which takes you on a journey around the world through different decades.

May 6, 2016 2:43 PM

Alden Ehrenreich to play young Han Solo

Disney has reportedly finally found a young Han Solo for a "Star Wars" spinoff scheduled to hit the cinemas in May 2018.

May 6, 2016 2:18 PM

Five inventions you may not know come from Germany

Germany is the land of inventors. Many visionary ideas were born and numerous breakthrough innovations developed here: coffee filter, adhesive tape, dynamo - even the computer.

May 6, 2016 2:15 PM

Désiré Feuerle: "In my museum, visitors enter a different world."

Stirring a lot of interest, art collector Désiré Feuerle has opened a new private museum in a former Berlin bunker. In an interview with DW, he explains how Asian antiques and contemporary art can go hand in hand.

May 6, 2016 1:49 PM

Berlin Theater Festival: "German theater has become very versatile"

Every year in May, the Berlin Theater Festival brings together theatre-makers, journalists and international guests. DW spoke to a juror about the selection of plays, and new approaches to staging and production.