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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

Nov 20, 2014 11:45 AM

Limbach demands return of 'degenerate art' to German museums

During the Third Reich, Nazi officials sold so-called "degenerate art" to foreign buyers. Today's owners should give the art works back, says former President of the German Federal Constitutional Court Jutta Limbach.

Nov 19, 2014 4:24 PM

Hitler painting up for auction in Germany

Would you want to buy a painting by Adolf Hitler? The Nazi leader's 1914 watercolor is to be auctioned off in Germany on Saturday. It could fetch an impressive sum - up to 50,000 euros.

Nov 19, 2014 3:13 PM

Volunteer service in the wake of history

Assael Häussler looks after Holocaust survivors in New York. He's a volunteer with the German ARSP peace organization, known for its volunteer programs all over the world.

Nov 19, 2014 9:49 AM

Destination Berlin: The two faces of an immigrant city

Berlin is full of paradoxes, but whether you're an asylum-seeker or an expat, Berlin is trying hard to welcome you. DW's Lillie Harman experienced first-hand just how intolerant - and welcoming - the capital can be.

Nov 18, 2014 10:36 AM

Examiner explains invalidity of Gurlitt's will

Cornelius Gurlitt suffered from delusional paranoia, according to psychiatrist Helmut Hausner. He tells DW what that means for the art collector's will - and his heirs.