German Culture

Tuesday, January 9th, 2007 at 12:00 am

GermanyGermany is also known as the land of poets and thinkers, notable people who have greatly contributed to world culture. The roots and culture of Germany has also been greatly shaped by major intellectual and popular beliefs and customs that existed in Europe throughout history, mostly through its neighbors. That is why it is difficult to identify a specific German tradition that is distinct from the larger context of prevailing European high culture.

German literature has contributed a lot to the world with German authors and poets that have won great renown in the likes of Goethe and Schiller. The Grimm Brothers’ collection of tales and stories helped introduce and popularize German folklore to an international audience.

Germany also holds a great influence on western philosophy with significant contributions coming from several notable German philosophers throughout history. From Leibniz’s contributions to rationalism, Kant’s establishment of German idealism down to Marx’s formulation of Communist theory, each and many other German philosophers have shared in formulating and contributed a number of different ideologies as people know them today and have come to accept.

In the field of music, Germany was the birthplace to some of the world’s most renowned classical music composers, including Beethoven, Bach, and Mozart. Their compositions have long been considered as one of the most endearing and notable music in the Classical era. Even today, Germany continues to have a strong influence on music, especially on the pop and rock genres.

In the world of art, there are several German painters from different periods in history who have been able to gain international prestige through their own contributions. Grünewald and Dürer were considered as important artists of the Renaissance. Peter Paul Rubens was known for his artwork of the Baroque era while Caspar David Friedrich gained world renown during the Romanticism Period and was considered as one of the finest painters of the movement. Max Ernst was a German artist of Surrealism who also helped in the development of Abstract Impressionism.

Germany also has many contributions in the field of architecture which include the Carolingian and the Ottonian styles, which were important forerunners in the Romanesque Era. The country later became known as the site for several significant works in various styles such as Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque. Germany was particularly at the forefront of the early modern movement, notably through the Bauhaus movement which was founded by Walter Gropius.

Sports also is an intrinsic part of German life. Most Germans love sports as demonstrated by the fact that about 27 million Germans become and are present members of different sports clubs all over the country.

Football is considered as the most popular sport among Germans, with the German Football Federation having more than 6.3 million members is by far the largest athletic organization in the country. German football also attracts the greatest audience, with hundreds of thousands of spectators fervently attending Bundesliga matches and millions keeping themselves up to date by watching matches and football news on television. Other popular sports of Germans include tennis, handball, volleyball, basketball, and ice hockey.