Culture in Germany

Explore the intricate culture of Germany

German is mostly known for its theologians and poets. Authors such as Walther von der Vogelweide and Wolfram von Eschenbach can be traced back to the Middle Ages. The Theologian Martin Luther, who is also accredited with translating the Bible into German, also stems from Germany. Goethe and Schiller are two of the most admired German poets of all time. Other notable Germans are Thomas Mann and Karl Marx. Most notably, Marx and Luther managed to greatly influence world philosophy at the time.

Germans are also well known for their music. In days gone by, famous classical composers such as Bach, Beethoven, Schumann, Wagner, Orff and Brahms all made their indelible mark on the world of music. In more recent times, German musicians such as the band Ramstein which has followers all over the world.

German art has also been significant over the years. Albrecht Dürer was at the forefront of the Art world during the Renaissance with his incredibly intricate masterpieces. Some time later, Friedrich emerged to make his mark on the romanticist period of art history and then a little later, Max Ernst took to the scene with his unusual surrealist paintings. The bright colors of Franz Marcs expressionist paintings and the conceptual art from Beuys should also not go unnoted. The ever controversial work of Georg Baselitz is yet another example of wonderful German Art.

The culture of the German people is also reflected in their architecture. The Cathedral at Cologne, the Museum Island in Berlin and the famous Bauhaus are all German in origin. Schinkel and Gropius are two famous German architects. Some of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be found in Germany.

Another aspect of German life is the German language. Once the main language spoken throughout central eastern and northern Europe, it is still a very popular language today. The German language is regarded as the second most popular language in the world and the third most taught.

Though German cultural growth was somewhat stunted during the Second World War, it has recovered well and is thriving once again. Be sure to explore it and enjoy it when you visit Germany.


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