German Culture Essay

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German Culture

Germany has been remarkably called Das Land der Dichter und Denker (the land of poets and thinkers). The diverse culture of Germany has been molded by the major intellectual and popular currents in Europe, both religious and secular. This report is divided into several aspects of German Culture which are as follows.

Language

German is the official and predominant spoken language in Germany. Minority languages constitute Sorbian, Danish, Romany and Frisian. The immigrant languages include Turkish, Kurdish, Polish, Balkan languages and Russian.

Literature

German literature dates back to the Middle Ages. The most celebrated authors of the period are Walter von der Vogelweide and Wolfram von Eschenbach. The world
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Germany has diverse architectural styles as a result of fragmentation of the country during centuries. The major architectural sites include Abbey Church of St. Michael's, Speyer Cathedral, Freiburg Cathedral, and the Cologne Cathedral [2]

Music

The different styles of German-language music include Neue Deutsche Welle (NDW), Krautrock, Hamburger Schule, Volksmusik, Classical, German hip hop, trance, Schlager, Neue Deutsche Härte (NDH) and folk music, such as Waltz and metal. German Classical is among the most performed in the world. Germany is the birthplace of world famous classical music composers which include Ludwig van Beethoven, Johann Sebastian Bach, Johannes Brahms, and Richard Wagner.

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Cuisine

German cuisine varies from region to region consisting mainly of meat (especially sausage) and varieties of sweet dessert and Stollen (a fruit cake). It is divided into three categories – Bavarian (Southern Germany), Thuringian (Central Germany) and Lower Saxon.The main varieties of meat consumed are pork, beef and poultry with pork being most popular. Germans are famous for rye bread. The popular drinks comprises of beer, German wine, carbonated mineral water and schorle.

Art

In the field of visual art, Germany has an illustrious tradition from the early works of figurative art to the present contemporary art. The distinguished
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