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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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Dec 8, 2016 12:08 PM

How a dictionary aims to expand standardized variants of German

An archive photo of German-speaking Mennonites living near the Mexican city of Cuauhtemoc

Germans may not believe that the versions of their language spoken in Namibia, Mexico and Romania are standards. The creator of an expanded German dictionary says they are - and he explains why.

Dec 8, 2016 10:29 AM

At 100, Kirk Douglas has lived the American Dream

Kirk Douglas' life is quite literally a rags to riches tale. The headstrong actor has sparred with Hollywood and survived a stroke - and is now turning 100.

Dec 7, 2016 4:14 PM

Berlin-based artists protest against mass murder in Aleppo

A group of international authors and artists launched an appeal to stop the mass killing in Aleppo and demonstrated their outrage against President Putin by demonstrating in front of the Russian embassy in Berlin.

Dec 7, 2016 2:43 PM

Lucky Luke, the 'fastest gun in the West,' turns 70

Happy birthday, Lucky Luke! The "fastest gun in the West" - a wry and witty cartoon figure who outshoots his shadow, plays chess with his trusty horse, and wins against the bad guys every time - is turning 70.

Dec 7, 2016 10:17 AM

Europe's best cinema: European Film Awards 2016 nominees

Three German co-productions are among the nominees for the 29th European Film Awards. Winners will be announced at a ceremony in Wroclaw, Poland on Saturday, December 10.