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Thank You Germany: Part 003: “Land of Poets and Thinkers


Germany is also known around the world as the “Land of Poets and Thinkers”.

Names like Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Friedrich Schiller or Thomas Mann are known all over the world. It is not without reason that Germans are said to be particularly creative in their artistic work and writing. Thoughtfulness is also often regarded as a positive quality of the Germans. Generations of writers, artists and philosophers have reinforced this reputation. Their works are still read today, not only in German schools. The works of German writers are also performed on theatre stages. In some countries, Goethe is as well known as Shakespeare. There is a good reason for this. Goethe and Schiller are associated with the famous Weimar Classicism.

During this period, world-class literary works were written and outstanding works were also created in other cultural fields. This great culture has survived the test of time and is still appreciated by many people today. But it has also spurred the following generations on to their very own achievements. The intellectual greats on the high pedestal have not crushed their successors, but inspired them. In almost every era, there was a lively intellectual and cultural production in Germany. That is why many cultural workers all over the world hold the country in such high esteem.

If you live in Germany, you can read the works of these writers in the original. You can also visit the birthplaces and places of work of many writers. Plays or operas are performed in prestigious buildings. The state of Germany not only draws on its rich culture. It also takes care of it. The performance of plays or the printing of historically critical editions of works is supported by public funds.

In this way, people can enjoy many beautiful performances. Contact with the country’s great cultural treasures is imparted as early as the school years. At the same time, emphasis is always placed on contemporary culture and art production. Few other countries give such a broad population access to the country’s important cultural assets. And few other countries have so many writers and poets who have dealt with many different issues at different times.

The country offers its people culture at its best. For people with little money, there are many discounts or financial support. No one is excluded from access to culture. Those who are interested in it will find a broad programme of high-quality entertainment in Germany. German poets and thinkers have devoted themselves to the political events of their time as well as to the existential questions of human existence. And German literature also offers the right book for every age group.

From children’s books that have become famous to classics for young people to literature with high philosophical aspirations, the literary canon holds many exciting works in store. People in Germany will never run out of things to talk about. The exciting stories and great literary works entertain and at the same time provide important insights into human life. These are qualities that can make life more beautiful. Many people from other countries envy the country for the multitude of writers and good books that are remembered for a long time.

Last updated on 6. February 2023

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