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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.


German gymnast Elisabeth Seitz performs on balance beam during women's qualification in the North Greenwich Arena


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


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

Dec 1, 2015 4:44 PM

Eco-documentary 'Ice and the Sky' urges action

A pioneering glaciologist, Claude Lorius had already warned the world about climate change in the 60s. While these issues are now being discussed at the Paris Climate Conference, a new film explores his life.

Dec 1, 2015 3:40 PM

German-Afghan photographer reveals feminine side of Kabul

German-Afghan photographer Lela Ahmadzai tells DW how she stays safe while working in Afghanistan and how she's molding a new image of the country. Her works are now on show in Berlin.

Dec 1, 2015 3:28 PM

Women take the reins in 'radical' Pirelli Calendar

An exclusive calendar known for providing a yearly dose of full-frontal nudity has this year decided to highlight "women of achievement." Very few of the 13 women in the Pirelli Calendar chose to be photographed nude.

Dec 1, 2015 10:54 AM

Happy birthday, Woody Allen!

He's turning 80, but he's just as active as ever. Woody Allen remains the filmmaker who will never grow up. Here's a look back at what makes his movies so delightful.

Nov 30, 2015 3:14 PM

Is Nefertiti hiding in the Valley of Kings' secret chambers?

Hidden chambers adjoining King Tut's mausoleum promise exciting archaeological finds. What they conceal remains a mystery. Nicholas Reeves believes it's the mysterious queen Nefertiti - and others don't.