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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.



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


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.

DW | Culture & Lifestyle

Jul 24, 2014 12:40 PM

In Berlin, rules were made to be broken

In Berlin, getting involved in illegal things is like having an affair. You could get caught anytime, but the danger associated with it makes it all more exciting, says DW's Lavinia Pitu.

Jul 23, 2014 10:03 PM

Calm after the storm as Bayreuth Festival opens

There's never a dull moment in the run-up to the 103rd Bayreuth Festival. This time, rather than members of the Wagner clan duelling in the press, stage director Frank Castorf is at the center of the storm.

Jul 23, 2014 4:10 PM

Young artists find inspiration in pre-digital age

From calligraphy to acoustic music, young artists are finding inspiration in the pre-digital age. While they won't revert to analogue entirely, some say learning the old tricks of the trade makes them more creative.

Jul 20, 2014 7:42 PM

Melt! walks fine line between alt and mainstream

It's 30 degrees in the shade - in Thuringia, people are dancing, listening to sound experimenters at work and then cooling off in the lake. Melt is an electronic music festival in a unique setting.