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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.


Maria Riesch beim Abfahrtslauf


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

Feb 8, 2016 11:20 AM

10 films forbidden in East Germany

Fifty years ago, several films produced in East Germany were shelved by the country's authorities. Now digitally restored, the Berlinale will present a retrospective of these once forbidden movies.

Feb 7, 2016 6:20 PM

Divisive Holocaust work goes on display in Baden-Baden

German abstract artist Gerhard Richter's four-part Holocaust painting series is about to go on display this weekend in the city of Baden-Baden. The exhibit has attracted its share of controversy.

Feb 7, 2016 5:34 PM

Hitler's paintings go under the hammer

Art is in the eye of the beholder, or so they say. But judging art - and not the artist - might be more difficult when it comes to the creative works of Adolf Hitler.

Feb 7, 2016 12:10 PM

Mexican film director Inarritu is primed for Oscar with Directors Guild award

Alejandro Inarritu has won top honors from the Directors Guild for his film "The Revenant." The award has often proven to be a strong prognosticator for the Oscars, which will take place at the end of February.

Feb 5, 2016 1:10 PM

Festival survival tips from Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick

Get ready for the upcoming Berlin International Film Festival! DW asked director Dieter Kosslick what makes him happy about this year's program - and he revealed how he survives the big event.