Western Germany offers a wealth of public festivals throughout the year, from traditional and modern street fairs to well established cultural highlights. In particular Frankfurt am Main, the buzzing ‘Main Metropolis’ as it is known to residents of Hesse, plays host to a wide variety of events for both young and old.
Two German cities are in the top 10 student cities worldwide, according to the latest QS Best Student Cities ranking. Elsewhere, The Times Higher Education's 'World's Most International Universities 2017' features 15 German universities.
Frank-Walter Steinmeier has been elected Federal President. In his acceptance speech, Steinmeier said that Germany was seen as an anchor of hope and must therefore show courage in maintaining freedom and democracy in a united Europe.
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London student Isabella Levina Lueen has been voted Germany's #Eurovision entry after winning a national competition. Isabella won over the audience during last night's live TV competition after performing several songs including Adele's 'When We Were Young'.
The 67th Berlin Film Festival gets underway later this evening. British film 'Final Portrait' will world premiere at the Berlinale whilst 'T2 Trainspotting' will have its European premiere. Further British films to be shown during the ten day festival include 'The Party' by Sally Potter and an Indian co-production entitled 'Viceroy’s House'.
In 2017 we mark 500 years of Reformation, which started with Martin Luther nailing his famous 95 theses on the door of the "Schlosskirche" in Wittenberg. Here is a brief introduction to the places in Germany associated with Luther, courtesy of Germany Tourism.
Throughout the year, countless "Volksfeste" take place across Germany. These public fairs and festivals which are held in every town, village and city are important dates in local calendars. In our latest "In Focus", we look at the wide range of fairs on offer in all corners of Germany as well as Karneval, Germany's "silly season", when mischief reigns supreme and rules go out of the window!
It's official! The Tierpark Berlin's polar bear cub is called Fritz!
After members of the public submitted suggestions, a panel decided on Fritz for the fluffy little cub! Fritz was born on 3 November 2016 and is the first baby polar bear cub at the Tierpark in 22 years.
Every five years, the largest exhibition of contemporary art takes place in Kassel: documenta, attracting those interested in cultural events and modern art from all over the world. With Kassel gearing up for documenta 14 in the summer, we take a look at the baroque Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe, UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2013.