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Film

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.

Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein © picture-alliance / HB-Verlag

Visual Arts & Design

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. It doesn't, however, end there!

Kraftwerk © picture-alliance/dpa

Music & Performing Arts

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.

Potsdamer Platz© picture-alliance / Lou Avers

Architecture

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.

Literature

Literature

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

Sports

Germany is a sporting nation! The best-loved leisure time sports are soccer, winter sports, gymnastics, tennis, shooting, athletics and handball. Germany, no stranger to hosting major international sporting events, hosted the FIFA Women’s World Cup in June and July 2011 and the Men's World Cup in 2006.

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Oct 24, 2014 4:59 PM

Few answers one year after news of Gurlitt's art trove broke

The discovery of the valuable trove held by Cornelius Gurlitt, the son of an art dealer, unleashed a debate one year ago about returning works once stolen by Nazis. Many questions remain open, and a debate continues.


Oct 24, 2014 4:52 PM

Germany attracts trade in looted artifacts

Terrorist organizations like the 'Islamic State' make a fortune selling looted artifacts from local sites. German antiques dealers are involved, too, and experts say the country is in need of legal reform on the matter.


Oct 22, 2014 5:05 PM

Searching for Germany's identity on a bike

What makes Germans tick? That's what Anna Magdalena Bössen wants to find out. She is biking through Germany to get to know the country better. Along the way, she recites German poetry in exchange for a place to stay.


Oct 17, 2014 6:25 PM

BuzzFeed makes its German debut

BuzzFeed's trademark colors and pop stylings on display in Berlin

Is the Internet in need of more light-hearted listicles and cat videos? BuzzFeed thinks Germany is. The viral content site is celebrating the launch of its new German-language website this week.


Oct 15, 2014 3:37 PM

London exhibition aims to alter Germany's image

An exhibited flag bearing the inscription, "Wir sind ein Volk" (We are one People)

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the British Museum's "Germany: Memories of a Nation" exhibition offers food for thought to those who think they know Britain's one-time enemy.