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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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5 activities you probably didn't know hold world championships

From air guitaring to extreme ironing, there are odd world championships all over the world. Winning isn't always top priority - most of them are all about the thrill.

May 27, 2016 4:03 PM

Volker Schlöndorff stages the Battle of Verdun

At the site of the cataclysmic World War I battle, Volker Schlöndorff sets 4000 young people into live action. The German film director has often turned his attention to films on wartime history and literature.

May 27, 2016 4:01 PM

The 15th Architecture Biennale opens in Venice

Pritzker Prize-winner Alejandro Aravena chose an unusual theme for the International Architecture Exhibition: "Reporting from the Front." He says he wants to change people's perspectives on the role of architecture.

May 25, 2016 8:10 PM

Rare Shakespeare book sells for $2.75 million in London

A rare copy of Shakespeare's First Folio plays has sold for $2.75 million. Dubbed the "Holy Grail of publishing" by Christie's auction house, the sale comes hot on the heels of the 400th anniversary of the bard's death.

May 25, 2016 4:22 PM

Adele rumored to be close to signing record-breaking deal

According to media reports, Adele is close to sign one of the biggest record deals in music history with Sony Music. Sources differ on the sums involved, ranging from 100 to 160 million euros.