Germany Cultural Information

Know before you go!
 
The following resources will help you prepare mentally for your study abroad experience! The more you learn about your host destination pre-departure, the richer your experience will be!
 

Germany Official Travel Guide

Culture Gram

Local News

Television and Films

Recommended Readings

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Arcadia Awakens by Kai Meyer
  • Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
  • The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch

Music

Cultural Activities

  • Riding the wave of change on Munich’s Eisbach
  • See KÖLNER KARNEVAL in Cologne
  • Tour Berlinagenten in Berlin
  • Experience a Barokkokko Tour in Dresden

Recommended Websites

 

Common German Foods

  • Kartoffelpuffer
  • Sauerbraten
  • Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte
  • Rote grutze
  • Eintopf
  • Kasespatzle

Prominent German Icons

Michael Schumacher is a retired German racing driver. Schumacher is a seven-time Formula One World Champion and is widely regarded as one of the greatest F1 drivers of all time.[ He holds many of Formula One's driver records, including most championships, race victories, fastest laps, pole positions, points scored and most races won in a single season – 13 in 2004. In 2002 he became the only driver in Formula One history to finish in the top three in every race of a season and then also broke the record for most consecutive podium finishes. According to the official Formula One website he is "statistically the greatest driver the sport has ever seen"

Heidi Klum is a German American model, television host, businesswoman, fashion designer, television producer, and an occasional actress. In 2008, she became an American citizen while maintaining her native German citizenship.

Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the general theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics.

 

Dirk Nowitzki is a German professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). An alumnus of Röntgen Gymnasium and the DJK Würzburg basketball club, Nowitzki was taken as the ninth pick in the 1998 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks and immediately traded to the Mavericks, where he has played since. A 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) power forward, he has the athleticism and shooting ability to play either center or small forward. He is considered one of the greatest power forwards in NBA history.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Politics

Joachim Gauck is the President of Germany, serving since 18 March 2012. A former Lutheran pastor, he came to prominence as an anti-communist civil rights activist in East Germany.

Angela Dorothea Merkel is a German politician who has been the Chancellor of Germany since 2005, and the leader of the Christian Democratic Union since 2000. She is the first woman to hold either office.

Philipp Rösler is a German politician and currently (since 2011) the Federal Minister of Economics and Technology and the Vice Chancellor of Germany. He is the Chairman of the liberal Free Democratic Party (since 2011). Rösler, who was born in Vietnam, is the first cabinet minister of Asian background in Germany

Guido Westerwelle is a German politician, who, since 28 October 2009, has served as the Foreign Minister in the second cabinet of Chancellor Angela Merkel and was Vice Chancellor of Germany from 2009 to 2011. He is the first openly gay person to hold either of those positions. He had been the chairman of the Free Democratic Party of Germany (FDP) since May 2001, but stepped down in 2011. A lawyer by profession, he has been a member of the Bundestag since 1996.

Hans-Peter Friedrich is a German politician, representative of the Christian Social Union (CSU). He has been a member of the Bundestag of Germany since 1998. In the ongoing coalition negotiations with the Free Democratic Party, Friedrich was responsible for the portfolio of housing and development. On 2 March 2011 he was selected to succeed Thomas de Maizière as Federal Minister of the Interior.

Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger is a German politician of the libertarian Free Democratic Party. Within the FDP, she is a leading figure of the small social-liberal wing. She served as Federal Minister of Justice of Germany from 1992 to 1996 in the cabinet of Helmut Kohl, and holds the office again in the second Merkel cabinet from 2009.       

Wolfgang Schäuble is a German politician of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), currently serving as the Federal Minister of Finance in the Second Cabinet Merkel. From 1984 to 1991 he was a member of Helmut Kohl's cabinet, first as Federal Minister for Special Affairs of Germany and Chief of the Chancellery and then as Federal Minister of the Interior. Between 1991 and 2000, he was chairman of the CDU/CSU group in the parliament, and from 1998 to 2000 also CDU party chairman. He served again as Federal Minister of the Interior in the First Cabinet Merkel from 2005 to 2009.

Ursula von der Leyen is a German politician of the conservative Christian Democratic Union. Since 30 November 2009, she has served as the Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs in the Second Cabinet Merkel. In the First Cabinet Merkel (2005–2009), she served as Federal Minister of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. By profession she is a physician.

Ilse Aigner is a German politician and member of the Christian Social Union of Bavaria (CSU). Aigner was born in Feldkirchen-Westerham, Rosenheim, Bavaria and entered Angela Merkel's grand coalition cabinet as Federal Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection on 31 October 2008. She succeeded Horst Seehofer who had become minister president of Bavaria.

Thomas de Maizière is a German politician (CDU), currently serving as the Minister of Defence (since 3 March 2011) in the second cabinet of Chancellor Angela Merkel. A close confidant of Merkel, he served as chief of staff at the Chancellor's Office and Federal Minister for Special Affairs in the First Merkel cabinet, from 2005 to 2009. Before his appointment to the federal cabinet, he served as a cabinet minister of the state of Saxony, including as chief of staff, minister of finance and minister of justice. In the federal cabinet, prior to his appointment as minister of defence, he served as minister of the interior.

Kristina Schröder is a German politician. She has served as the Federal Minister of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth since 30 November 2009). She has served as a Member of Parliament since 2002.

Daniel Bahr is a German politician and member of the FDP. Bahr was born in Lahnstein. He is the FDP's expert on health politics and was chairman of the party's youth organization, the Young Liberals, from 1999 to 2004.

Peter Ramsauer is a German politician of the Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU), currently serving as Federal Minister of Transport, Building and Urban Development in the Second Merkel cabinet. He has been described as the self-appointed "shepherd" of the German language; seeking to purify it especially of English loanwords.

Peter Altmaier is a German politician and Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.

Johanna Wanka is a German politician of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and since 14 February 2013 the Federal Minister for Education and Research. From 2000 to 2009, she served as Minister for Science, Research and Culture of the state of Brandenburg, then from 2010 to 2013 she served as Minister of Science and Culture of the state of Lower Saxony, in the Cabinet McAllister.

Dirk Niebel is a German politician. Since 2009 he has served as Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development. From 2005 to 2009, he was secretary general of the FDP.

 

Ronald Pofalla is a German politician, currently serving as the Chief of Staff of the German Chancellery and a Federal Minister for Special Affairs in the Second Cabinet Merkel. From 2004 to 2005 he was deputy chairman of the CDU/CSU's parliamentary group in the Bundestag, and served as the Secretary General of the CDU from 2005 to 2009, when he was appointed to cabinet, succeeding Thomas de Maizière as Chief of Staff.

 

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