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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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Aug 26, 2016 3:32 PM

Bayreuth Festival ends lackluster season

Richard Wagner's Festspielhaus theater is freshly restored, but the myth and mystique of his festival seems tarnished as it wraps up the season. Little seems to excite the public other than rumors in the pipeline.

Aug 26, 2016 2:44 PM

The hidden face of Lagos revealed in Akinbode Akinbiyi's photos

Self-taught photographer Akinbode Akinbiyi reveals the reality of everyday life in Lagos and other megacities. A 2016 Goethe Medal winner, he is a significant mediator between sub-Saharan Africa and Germany.

Aug 26, 2016 1:51 PM

Oops! Britney Spears' 'Glory' can't decide what it is

Britney wants to play in the big leagues again. After three years' hiatus, she's back with "Glory." The one-time teen star wants to show she's still got it - most of all, herself. But the result is a bit chaotic.

Aug 26, 2016 12:17 PM

Yurii Andrukhovych: 'Germany is open to other cultures'

Ukrainian author Yurii Andrukhovych is receiving a Goethe Medal for bringing Ukraine and Germany closer. It would take a novel to explain recent events in Ukraine, he says. Perhaps he should write it in German.

Aug 26, 2016 10:39 AM

How Germany's national anthem withstood 175 years of political change

It's been called too republican and was misused by the Nazis. The German national anthem, sung to a melody by Haydn, was written 175 years ago. "Unity, justice and freedom" seem to be resilient to political upheaval.