Germany commands centre stage in Europe, not only geographically, politically and economically, but also culturally. Traditionally, it has been called “Das Land der Dichter und Denker”—the country of poets and thinkers—and for good reason! Great minds that shaped the world, like Kant, Goethe, Hegel, the Grimm brothers, Schiller and Nietzsche, were all born in Germany. And who can forget the Big Bs of classical music: Bach, Beethoven and Brahms! They, too, were German. Whether in the field of literature, music, philosophy, science, art or architecture, Germany has been at the forefront. Many cool inventions originated there, from the printing press to the car, the computer to aspirin.
Today’s Germany comes in delicious new flavours! Its diversity can be seen and experienced everywhere, in high-brow opera houses and underground clubs, in fusion food and computer games. Having assimilated influences from people of various backgrounds, the contemporary German music, cinema, sports, fashion, art and literature scene is dynamic and super exciting. It is a happy celebration of a rich past heritage and present-day plurality.
The sheer variety of cultural facilities in Germany is staggering. Its 16 federal states enjoy wide autonomy and actively promote the arts. Even smaller towns have a vibrant cultural presence they can rightfully be proud of. All kinds of festivals are popular in Germany. Don’t be surprised to see people rushing to get to a rock concert or a book fair. Even when it comes to leisure, punctuality is big for Germans!