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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.

DW | Culture & Lifestyle

Jun 24, 2016 6:53 PM

Lit prize winner Shumona Sinha: 'As a writer, I search for the truth'

Winning a major literature prize, Indian-born author Shumona Sinha based her novel on her personal experience of working with refugees - and isn't afraid of violating the rules of political correctness.

Jun 24, 2016 4:50 PM

How British stars reacted to Brexit

'Gruffalo' illustrator Axel Scheffler prepared a cartoon on Brexit: The morning after...

Proponents and opponents were all stunned by the outcome of the UK's referendum on Brexit. From Elizabeth Hurley to J.K. Rowling, here are some of the most popular reactions on Twitter in Britain's cultural world.

Jun 24, 2016 2:45 PM

Gruffalo artist Axel Scheffler on Brexit: 'I'm shocked'

"Gruffalo" made him famous worldwide. Illustrator Axel Scheffler shares his reaction to the outcome of the Brexit referendum with DW.

Jun 24, 2016 2:18 PM

Martin Roth on Brexit: 'Me-first mentality' spreading through Europe is 'brutal'

Martin Roth, a German and director of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, sees the result of the UK's referendum as a personal defeat. He told DW why the Brexit is stealing the youth's future.

Jun 24, 2016 12:00 PM

Carolin Emcke wins the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade

In recognition of work on behalf of peace, the award goes to a German journalist and author who has frequently written and reported from war zones and crisis regions.