Private tailor-made journeys of a lifetime 1 888 263 2574 Contact Us
USA
  • AUS
  • DEU
USA
  • AUS
  • DEU
German culture

German Culture

Germany is rightfully called Das Land der Dichter und Denker – the country of poets and thinkers. It has been at the forefront of many cultural revolutions and the force behind significant progressions across many spheres; art, literature, sports, architecture, cuisine, philosophy, and religion. This land has been the birthplace of many great minds that have influenced the way we read, see and interact with the world.

Christmas market in Germany
Christmas market in Germany
Excellent / 4.9 out of 5
Waiter serving food in Bavaria, Germany Tours, Europe

The people and the language

Germany has a population of 83 million with a total of 100 million native tongues worldwide and another 10-15 million people speaking German as a secondary language.

Germans are known the world over for being straightforward, goal oriented and extremely punctual. What is less known is that they are a helpful lot. While traveling through the country, don’t be surprised to see mittens and winter hats hung on tree branches. This is meant to help the person who has lost the item easily locate it. An outdoors-loving nation, they take their leisure time seriously, which means that most businesses are closed on Sundays and the use of heavy machinery is prohibited. And all those notions you may have about Germans loving their beer, soccer and sausage are true (though not necessarily in that order)!

The German language is a very precise one. There is a word for everything!  Not convinced? How about a word to describe ‘the struggle to come to terms with the past’? The German language has a word for it – Vergangenheitsbewältigung.

German culture - Museum in Bonn

Art and architecture

German art, particularly in the 20th century, often raced ahead when it came to creativity and ingenuity. Some of these 20th century contemporaries include Anselm Kiefer, Gerhard Richter, Joseph Beuys and Frank Auerbach. Notable classic painters include Albrecht Durer, George Grosz, Emil Nolde, Otto Dix, Max Beckmann and Max Ernst. There are major art institutions and galleries in almost every German city, but Berlin’s Museum Island and the Goetz Collection in Munich house two of the most inspiring collections. Germany is home to every significant European style of architecture that has ever been. There are wonderful examples all across the country: the twelve Romanesque churches of Cologne, the 12th century Gothic Freiburg Minster, the beautiful Renaissance relics of St. Anne’s Church in Augsburg, the 17th century Baroque architecture of Dresden, the Charlottenburg Palace in Berlin and the classicism of Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, the modern styling of the Einstein Tower in Potsdam, and the Staatliches Bauhaus in Dessau.

Enchanting Travels Germany Tours Statues of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, near Alexanderplatz, in the former East Berlin

Philosophy and writing

In the field of philosophy, Germany has launched several heavy weights. Before the German Idealism of the 19th century, Immanuel Kant published his revolutionary Critique of Pure Reason in 1781. One hundred years later we would see the emergence of significant radicals–Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Friedrich Nietzsche and Martin Heidegger.

German culture has also contributed to classic modern literature with the likes of Bertolt Brecht, Thomas Mann, Hermann Hesse, Gunter Grass and Herta Müller. There are several literary landmarks throughout Germany but two of the best are The Savoy Hotel in Berlin–a haunt of Thomas Mann’s–and Bertolt Brecht Center and Museum, also in Berlin.

Bavarian musician in a festival tent, Germany Tours, Europe

Classical music and beyond

Germany is a classical music powerhouse and its importance cannot be overstated. Beethoven and Bach’s compositions are still some of the most widely performed in the world. Johann Sebastian Bach was a son of Leipzig and Ludwig van Beethoven was a son of Cologne. Other world-renowned composers include Mendelssohn, Brahms, Handel, Schumann and Wagner. Hamburg’s Composer’s Quarter is the perfect spot for any classical music fan. Built in 2017, Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie is one of the largest, most advanced and uniquely constructed concert halls in the world; the perfect place to enjoy a performance.The 20th century saw several changes in Germany; the krautrock of the 1960s led to the electronic and punk scene of the 1970s, which developed into the techno scene of the 1980s. To this day there are bars, clubs and festivals that cater to all these musical tastes.

Enchanting Travels Germany Tours A sign of the ticket office in Germany

German cinema

The Weimar Republic period of 1918-1933 helped nurture German Expressionist Cinema. A number of masterpieces would become classic cornerstones of world cinema; Paul Wegener’s The Golem (1920), Robert Wiene’s The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), F. W. Murnau’s Nosferatu (1920) and Faust (1926) and Fritz Lang’s Metropolis (1927) and M (1931) are some that found critical acclaim.

After the lengthy interference of Nazi Germany, German cinema found its feet again in the 70s and 80s with the New German Cinema movement. This new wave saw many exciting new talents emerge, in particular directors Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Wim Wenders, Volker Schlöndorff and Werner Herzog. Frankfurt’s German Film Museum is the perfect place to investigate the history of German cinema further.

Boy stepping on a football

Sport

A sports-crazy nation, this is a country that has gotten a taste for winning and likes it. Germany seems to excel at any sport it touches. It is ranked third in the all-time Olympic medals count. When it comes to their knowledge of and adoration for motor sports and football, Germany is head and shoulders above everyone else. It is home to some of the biggest football teams in the world, with Munich and Dortmund producing two powerhouses of the modern era. The national team has won four World Cups.

Well known for their high-end cars–Audi, Porsche and BMW – Germany also boasts 12 Formula One titles under some of the biggest names (Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg). Schumacher alone, arguably the greatest racing driver the sport has ever seen, has won more races and championships than any other competitor.

recommended germany trips
Things to do in Switzerland - train

Essential Europe by Rail: Austria, Germany and Switzerland

13 Days: $ 6,490 / person
Discover historic cities in Central Europe by rail, starting from artistic and cultural Vienna by the Danube river in Austria and ending in cosmopolitan Geneva, the heart of modern Swiss culture. Diverse experiences await you on this journey so you can enjoy both cosmopolitan capital cities such as Munich, Salzburg and Zurich, as well as […]
Details Inquire
Alte Hofburg, Vienna, Austria

Austria and Germany: Heritage Sites

9 Days: $ 5,290 / person
Grand castles, opulent palaces, stately churches, and more are on the cards as you travel through the historically rich cities of Vienna, Salzburg, and Munich. Art and architecture are the main themes as you visit the most famous buildings and monuments of Vienna.
Details Inquire
Ruins-of-Heidelberg-Castle-Heidelberger-Schloss-Germany-Europe

Highlights of Germany

12 Days: $ 5,290 / person
Explore the highlights of Germany, right from Frankfurt, the hub of trade and commerce, to the historic university town of Heidelberg, and the delightfully vibrant capital, Berlin. Traveling in comfort by rail, also visit Saxon stronghold Dresden and the charming Bavarian village of Nuremberg, where World War II history comes alive.
Details Inquire
Load More
from the blog
Plitvice Lakes National Park - Top 2021 Destinations That Need You Right Now
By: Tariq Engineer
5 min

Top 2021 Destinations That Need You Right Now

When you can go, why not go to a country that needs your support?

READ POST

Responsible Travel Tips for 2021
By: Jemima Forbes
4 min

Responsible Travel Tips for 2021

We all want to travel again, and now's the time to do it more responsibly.

READ POST

Responsible Travel Tips for 2021
By: Lucia Novara
4 min

Travel during COVID-19: Guest Stories

Is it even possible to travel during COVID-19? We think so.

READ POST

OUR AWARDS
At Enchanting Travels, our unique tours are built on extensive knowledge of our destinations, an outstanding team of professionals, and personalized top-notch service. Our work is consistently recognized by prestigious organizations across the travel industry. In 2020, we received the Travel Weekly Magellan Gold Award for World’s Leading Tour Operator – Overall, the Lux Life Magazine Award for Most Trusted Online Tour Operator, and North America’s Leading Tour Operator by World Travel Awards. In 2021, we have won the Lux Life Magazine Award for Best Global Custom Travel Company – USA.
Responsible Travel Tips for 2021Lux 2020 Travel & Tourism AwardMagellan Awards 2019Magellan Gold Awards 2020North America Leading Tour Operator - World Travel Award 2020Worlds Leading Tour Operator - World Travel Award 2020

“This was truly an “Enchanting” adventure! The value and service was beyond excellent! The entire team ensured every detail was taken care of and went out of their way to welcome us! And every hotel and excursion was amazing, and we were greeted with welcoming open arms every where we stayed! Nothing was left to chance…and we felt so secure knowing Enchanting Travels had everything lined up for us! Even our lodges said Enchanting Travels was a top-notch company!”

Rating 5/5
Responsible Travel Tips for 2021

David FeitlerUSA

“We have used Enchanting Travels twice to help us with our African adventures, and totally appreciate the details and planning. Visiting several countries in Africa requires transfers and planning, and Enchanting were on top of everything.”

Rating 5/5
Responsible Travel Tips for 2021

Carolyn DavidUSA

“We received complete support from Enchanting’s travel experts from day 1. They were very prompt in developing an itinerary that fit into our budget and interests; answered all our questions with clarity and advised on various options and special arrangements we wanted to make.”

Rating 5/5
Responsible Travel Tips for 2021

Vijay KayathUSA

“This was the trip of a lifetime for my husband and I. It was first class service from the moment we landed. The ease of having everything pre-booked for us really allowed us to enjoy our trip. I would highly recommend this service for anyone looking to plan a trip like this.”

Rating 5/5
Responsible Travel Tips for 2021

Alan Strozza & Lori BesenUSA

“We chose Enchanting Travels for a Kenya, South Africa and Botswana trip. We will not hesitate to rely on them in the future. Everyone from start to finish was informative and dependable. Enchanting Travels even surprised us with an awesome dinner experience for just the two of us.”

Rating 5/5
Responsible Travel Tips for 2021

Sherrie & StevenUSA

“We have traveled with Enchanting five years in a row. The travel experience with Enchanting has always been unique and memorable for us, for they offer fully customized itineraries that perfectly suit our needs. They always go above and beyond to fulfill our needs throughout our travel.”

Rating 5/5
Responsible Travel Tips for 2021

Alison LoveUSA

THE ENCHANTING DIFFERENCE

Safe & Secure

Our global network of partners on the ground is able to share the most up-to-date advice and recommendations on COVID-19. We only offer hotels and vehicles with the highest health and safety standards.

Financial Protection & Flexibility

We believe in complete transparency. We are bonded members and license holders of all leading travel organizations. Your booking is flexible and completely secure with us.

Fully Supported Travel

Your dedicated and personal trip coordinator is available around the clock during your trip to accommodate requests, take care of the details, and handle any unforeseen situations.

Authentic & Unique

Go off the beaten track. Our award-winning, licensed local guides provide incredible insights and insider tips, passionately bringing alive unique and exclusive experiences for you.

Personalized & Private

Discover our enchanting world your way. Our experts completely customize your private tour to match your interests and preferences through their comprehensive knowledge of each destination.

High Quality Experiences

All our accommodations and services are personally tested by our team. Tell us your travel dream and we will create an itinerary packed with the best experiences your destination has to offer.

Do you have a vacation in mind? Let us help you create the trip of a lifetime.