The Arts in the German Speaking Countries

Fine Art

documenta is one of the world‘s most important exhibitions of modern and contemporary art which now takes place every 5 years in Kassel.

The world renown of the Dresden Old Masters Picture Gallery is founded in its collection of high-ranking masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance, Dutch and Flemish paintings of the seventeenth century as well as works in the Mannerist and Baroque styles.

The Alte Pinakothek in Munich houses an expanded collection of Early Italian, Old German, Old Dutch and Flemish paintings from the 13th to 18th century, which belongs to the most important worldwide. 


Perlentaucher provides news and information on literature and culture and includes a large database of book reviews. (German) contains a large collection of free German audio books for free (and legal) download. (German)

Projekt Gutenberg and are large online collections of classic literature. (German)

The Frankfurt Book Fair (Frankfurter Buchmesse) is the world's largest trade fair for books, held annually in mid-October in Frankfurt am Main. 

Classical Music

Klassika is a very comprehensive site on classical music (German).

The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (Berliner Philharmoniker) is one of the world's leading orchestras.

The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (Wiener Philharmoniker) an orchestra in Austria, often considered the finest in the world. 


The most notable examples of German-speaking theater productions compete each year in early May at the Berliner Theatertreffen as part of the Berliner Festspiele, a music, arts and culture festival.

The Berliner Ensemble Theater am Schiffbauerdamm in Berlin is a major German drama theater established by playwright Bertolt Brecht. (German)

The Burgtheater in Vienna is one of the most important drama theaters in Europe.

The Münchner Kammerspiele in Munich is another leading drama theater in Europe. (German)

The Bayerische Staatsoper (Bavarian State Opera) in Munich is one of the leading opera houses in the world.

The Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera) is another one of the most important opera companies in the world.

The annual Bayreuth Festival is devoted to performances of operas by Richard Wagner and a pilgrimage destination for Wagner enthusiasts. (German)

The Salzburg Festival (Salzburger Festspiele) presents performances of opera, plays and concerts of the highest artistic standards over a period of five to six weeks each summer.  


Filmportal - information about German films, film professionals and themes

Internet Movie Database, the biggest movie site on international film

German-Hollywood Connection, German-born film professionals in Hollywood from the silent period to the present

Internationale Filmfestspiele BerlinThe Berlinale is the city’s largest cultural event and one of the most important dates on the international film industry’s calendar (February).

Filmfest München Next to the Berlinale, the Munich Film Festival is Germany's largest festival and is held annually in June.

Cinefest The International Festival of German Film Heritage, organized by Cinegraph and Bundesfilmarchiv-Filmarchiv, takes place annually in Hamburg, Berlin, Vienna and Zurich (November).

Deutsches Filminstitut DIF The German Film Insitute in Frankfurt/Main is one of the most important German film, image, and text archives.

Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung The Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau Foundation in Wiesbaden preserves, restores, reconstructs films, and makes them accessible to the public.

Bundesfilmarchiv, Federal Film Archive, Berlin

The Defa Filmstiftung (Defa-Foundation) in Berlin preserves films from the former GDR.

Film Museum Berlin, Deutsche Kinematek

Deutsches Filmmuseum, German Film Museum, Frankfurt am Main

Filmarchiv Austria, the Austrian Film Archive, Vienna