Unique art treasures, world famous orchestras, architectural structures of fascinating beauty - culture in Germany has many facets. From its Roman roots to contemporary modern age you meet culture in beautiful cities as well as in the open country. A fabulous festival for all senses.

    Very rare are the countries where you find cultural evidence in such density from architecture and literature to fine arts and music. Moreover between the Baltic Sea and the Alps there is a top-class museum scenery with a large spectrum of collections of different domains. See www.germany-tourism.co.uk for a wealth of information and links to German Culture.


    • Germany is one of the world's leading nations of subsidized cultural events: In Germany, the Federal States are in charge of the cultural institutions, which has resulted in 240 subsidised theatres, hundreds of symphonic orchestras, thousands of museums and over 25,000 libraries. More than 91 million people visit German museums every year;  20 million go to theatres and operas. Another 3.6 million listen to the great symphonic orchestras found not only in the largest but also in some of the smallest cities. 
    • A total of 189 restaurants in Germany have at least one star in the Michelin guide to boast of. Most chefs are inspired by regional specialties, not just French cuisine. Especially good restaurants can be found in the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg. For economic, demographic and humanitarian reasons immigration has become an important issue for German society over the past 50 years: more than 14 million people with a migration background live in Germany today. One out of every five marriages is  binational;  one out of four children born in Germany has at least one foreign parent. Every third teenager in West Germany has a migration background, while in some areas this rises to almost 40%, tendency increasing. Immigration has substantially changed the ways German society works – ethnic, linguistic, cultural, and religious diversity have been a living reality for a long time in Germany.
    • Germany was, until the Hitler years, one of (if not the) most tolerant and welcoming nations to gays and lesbians in the world. Berlin during the 1920s was known as the capital of world gay life and may be so again today. From Campus Germany comes this information: insert: </p>

     

    Germany's gay and lesbian community celebrates its big day in July at the annual Christopher Street Day parade. Thousands of gays and lesbians dress up in their most colorful clothes, or strip down to the bare minimum and dance through the streets of German cities watched by millions of spectators along the route and on television. For gay and lesbian people their sexuality is everyday normality. German government recognized gay marriages by giving gay or lesbian couples living together the same tax benefits as traditional married couples as evidence of that.

    In Hamburg alone there are some 60 cafés, bars and discos for gays and lesbians, and over 70 gay/lesbian groups from gay Alcoholics Anonymous to a gay Magic Circle. There are doctors, lawyers, hotels and shops catering specifically to a gay clientele. In Germany's unofficial gay capital, Cologne, the first gay youth club has been set up. Industry has discovered the "pink deutschmark" with advertising campaigns aimed at gay target groups that feature gay couples. Even television - which has tended to be a bastion of conservatism in gay matters - now has gay soaps. All this despite the fact that homosexuality was still illegal in Germany well into the 1970s.