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International Coffeehouses: Germany

This guide will provide links to resources related to the countries featured in the International Coffeehouses.

Panoramic image of Lower Saxony Germany
Leweke, Henning. Castle "Burg Bentheim." Lower Saxony, Germany. Retrieved March 14, 2018 from (Originally photographed 2002, November 19.) Licensed by CC BY-SA 2.0.

Map of Germany

Country map of Germany


Country Map (Germany), in Europa World online. London, Routledge. University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Retrieved 16 March 2018 from


Image: World Music Germany Vol. 1 Album Art

Image: Hans Glicka Singers & Orchestra: All-Time German Classics Album Art

Books on German Music in Our Collection

Books on German Culture

Famous Figure

Photo of Dietrich Bonhoeffer with chidlren surrounding him

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

(born Feb. 4, 1906, Breslau, Ger.—died April 9, 1945, Flossenbürg) German Lutheran pastor and theologian. He attended the Universities of Berlin and Tübingen, and from 1931 he lectured in theology at the University of Berlin. He became a leading spokesman for the Confessing Church and was active in the resistance movement under the guise of employment in military intelligence. He was arrested and imprisoned in 1943. The discovery of documents connecting him with the 1944 attempt on Adolf Hitler’s life led to his execution a month before the end of World War II. One of the most insightful theologians of the 20th century, he argued for a new vision of Christianity that would abolish the division between the sacred and profane and abandon the traditional privileges of the church in favour of active involvement in the world’s problems. His best-known works include The Cost of Discipleship (1937), Ethics (1949), and Letters and Papers from Prison (1951).


Dietrich Bonhoeffer mit Schülern. Digital Image. 21 March, 1932. German Federal Archives. Web. 16 March 2018. <>. Licensed by Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-R0211-316 / CC-BY-SA 3.0.

Bonhoeffer, Dietrich. (2017). In Encyclopaedia Britannica, Britannica concise encyclopedia. Chicago, IL: Britannica Digital Learning. Retrieved from

Additional Resources

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Facts in Brief

Germany's country flag with three horizontal stripes. Black, red, and yellow (top to bottom)

The Federal Republic of Germany, which was formally established in October 1990 upon the unification of the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG, West Germany) and the German Democratic Republic (GDR, East Germany), lies in the heart of Europe. It is bordered by nine countries: Denmark to the north, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and France to the west, Switzerland and Austria to the south, and the Czech Republic and Poland to the east. The climate is temperate, with an annual average temperature of 9°C (48°F), although there are considerable variations between the North German lowlands and the Bavarian Alps. The language is German. There is a small Sorbian-speaking minority (numbering about 100,000 people). In 2014 just under 30% of the population were Roman Catholics and a further 28% were members of the Evangelical Lutheran (Protestant) church.The national flag (proportions 3 by 5) consists of three equal horizontal stripes, of black, red and gold. The capital is Berlin.

Image: President Frank-Walter Steinmeier      

President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (left) and Chancellor Olaf Scholz (right).


Image: The German Coat of Arms

The German Coat of Arms


By, CC BY 4.0,

By Federal Government/ Köhler & Thomas Imo,

Country Flag (Germany), in Europa World online. London, Routledge. University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Retrieved 16 March 2018 from

Location, Climate, Language, Religion, Flag, Capital (Germany), in Europa World online. London, Routledge. University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Retrieved 16 March 2018 from


Clara Schumann (1819 - 1896)

Image: Clara Schumann, c. 1890

Clara Schumann was a German pianist, teacher, and composer of the 19th century. The daughter of renowned piano teacher Friedrich Wieck and soprano and pianist Mariane Bargiel, she was immersed in music from a young age and was a child prodigy at the piano, as well as one of the greatest pianists in Europe of her time. She would marry Robert Schumann in 1840 after a legal battle with Clara’s father, and the two would remain together until Robert’s death in 1856. Clara would pioneer many works of Robert Schumann’s, lifelong friend Johannes Brahms’s, and others, but wrote many compositions of her own thanks to her well-rounded musical education. Check out just a few works for voice, piano, and more that we have of hers at the library!

  • Selected Piano Music, M22.S393 P53 2000
  • Complete songs for voice and piano, M1620.S389 D7 1990
  • Trio in G minor for piano, violin and violoncello, M312 .S42 op.17
  • Impromptus op. 5, M25.S36 I5 2009
  • Prelude and fugue for organ op. 16 no. 3, M13.S49 P73 1993

The Berlin Philharmonic

Image: Berlin Phil Logo

The Berlin Philharmonic is an orchestra based out of the capital city of Berlin. Founded in 1882, the ensemble has seen Germany through both world wars and the Cold War into the present day. Numerous prominent conductors have headed the orchestra, including Hans von Bülow, Richard Strauss, Herbert von Karajan, and many more including frequent guest conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, the late Bernard Haitink, and Seiji Ozawa. The orchestra is currently conducted by Kirill Petrenko.


The Berlin Philharmonic offers a streaming service, The Berliner Philharmoniker Digital Concert Hall, that we have institutional access to here at UTK. You can watch live streams of performances, view archived concerts and cinematic recordings of operas, and see interviews with conductors and members of the orchestra. All it takes is signing up with your UTK email address and logging in, and the service can be accessed on your phone, tablet, computer, or smart TV. Check out the QR code on the left  to get started or check out the QR code on the right for our tutorial on the Digital Concert Hall to learn more!

Image: QR Code for the Digital Concert Hall WebsiteImage: QR Code for Digital Concert Hall Tutorial

Watch or listen to the Berlin Philharmonic here:

12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in Moscow

Agriculture in Germany

Art & Architecture

Photo of the Berlin Wall with red flowers in the crack

The Berlin Wall, 1989

Paul Lowe. Roses rest in a gap of the Berlin Wall in the days after its fall.. 1989. Web. 16 Mar 2018.

Photo of a painting titled White house

"White House," painting by Erich Heckel

Heckel, Erich, 1883-1970, . White House: det.: right top house. 1908. Web. 16 Mar 2018.

Photo of the architecture at Cologne Cathedral

Cologne Cathedral

Cologne Cathedral, Interior, Nave, view toward altar. begun 1248; choir consecrated 1322; cathedral completed 1880. Web. 16 Mar 2018.

Photo of Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein: Castle General view Main entry. c.1872. Web. 16 Mar 2018.

Photo of the painting Wanderer Above the Sea of Mist

"Wanderer Above the Sea of Mist," painting by Caspar David Friedrich

Friedrich, Caspar David, German. Wanderer Above the Sea of Mist. 1818. Web. 16 Mar 2018.

Photo of the carved statue of St. Maurice

Statuette of St. Maurice

ANONYMOUS / GERMANY (late XV century), artist. Carved altarpiece (fragment). Statuette of St. Maurice with tight curls dressed in full armor and holding a lance.. Ca. 1470.. Web. 16 Mar 2018.

Photo of a stained glass window

Stained Glass Window of Shields and Crests

ANONYMOUS / GERMANY (late XIV century), artist. Stained-glass window composed of blazons (shields and crests).. Ca. 1370.. Web. 16 Mar 2018.

Photo of the adoration of the Magi from Southern Germany

"Adoration of the Magi," illumination

Southern Germany or Austria. Adoration of the Magi. ca. 1235-50. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Web. 16 Mar 2018.


Oktoberfest is the world’s largest annual Munich Beer Festival since 1810 and is celebrated all over the world. The folk festival, significant to Bavarian culture, runs for about 16-18 days in mid-late September to the first Sunday in October. Locals call the festival d’Wiesn after the fairgrounds where it is held, Theresieniese


German Food

Some popular examples of dishes include: Rouladen, Spätzle, and Schnitzel. 

Rouladen is thinly sliced beef wrapped with bacon, onions, mustard, and pickles. Check out this recipe!


Spätzle are small noodles or dumplings made with fresh eggs and is normally eaten as a side dish. Check out this recipe! 


Schnitzel is a thinned piece of meat (veal, pork, chicken, mutton, beef, turkey) that is breaded before fried in oil. Check out this recipe:


Traditional German Clothing

Lederhosen, a traditional outfit worn by German male farm workers, is made up of knee-length leather breeches with braces, worn over a short sleeve shirt. Longer lederhosen are often called bundhosen or kniebundhosen. This outfit originated in Bavarian and Tyrolean culture. 


Dirndle, a traditional outfit worn by women, consists of a bodice, pinafore (a sleveless garment worn underneath the dress), and a full skirt. Although these traditional outfits are no longer worn by farmers or manual labours, you can see these outfits worn during festivals, such as Oktoberfest. 


Book Gallery

The Greenest Nation? Cover Art

The Greenest Nation?

In The Greenest Nation? Frank Uekotter offers an overview of the evolution of German environmentalism since the late nineteenth century. He discusses, among other things, early efforts at nature protection and urban sanitation, the Nazi experience, and civic mobilization in the postwar years...Bringing his discussion up to the present, he shows the influence of the past on today's environmental decisions. As environmentalism is wrestling with the challenges of the twenty-first century, Germany could provide a laboratory for the rest of the world.

Back Roads Germany Cover Art

Back Roads Germany

This vacation guide provides scenic driving routes to charming German villages, local restaurants, and places to stay. Covers all the practical information needed, from road conditions and length of drive to parking information and opening hours.

Folklore Theory in Postwar Germany Cover Art

Folklore Theory in Postwar Germany

Can the study of folklore survive brutal wars and nationalized misappropriations? Does folklore make sense in an age of fearsome technology? These are two of several questions this book addresses with specific and profound reference to the history of folklore studies in Germany. There in the early nineteenth century in the ideological context of romantic nationalism, the works of the Brothers Grimm pioneered the discipline. The sublimation of folklore studies with the nation's political history reached a peak in the 1930s under the Nazi regime. This book takes a full look at what happened to folklore after the end of World War II and the defeat of the Nazis.

New German Dance Studies Cover Art

New German Dance Studies

New German Dance Studies offers fresh histories and theoretical inquiries that resonate across fields of the humanities. Sixteen essays range from eighteenth-century theater dance to popular contemporary dances in global circulation. In an exquisite trans-Atlantic dialogue that demonstrates the complexity and multilayered history of German dance, American and European scholars and artists elaborate on definitive performers and choreography, focusing on three major thematic areas: Weimar culture and its afterlife, the German Democratic Republic, and recent conceptual trends in theater dance.