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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.

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.


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

Snapshots of Germany from AP Images

Picture of a train at main central station in Frankfurt

Main Central Station in Frankfurt, Germany

Michael, Probst, et al. "Pictures of the Week Photo Gallery." 19 Jan. 2018. EBSCOhost,

Photo of The Reichstag Berlin

The Reichstag, Berlin, Germany

Markus, Schreiber and PM mberg|File|Filed|11/20/2017 4:31:21. "Germany Politics." 20 Nov. 2017. EBSCOhost,

Photo of the Harbor in Hamburg with boats

Harbor in Hamburg, Germany

Frank, Jordans, et al. "Travel Trip Hamburg." 14 Nov. 2016. EBSCOhost,

Photo of a German festival with a ferris wheel

Festival in Erlangen, Germany

Daniel, Karmann. "Germany Festival." 17 May 2013. EBSCOhost,

Photo of a music festival with musicians playing

Music Festival in Rudolstadt, Germany

"Weltmusikfestival in Rudolstadt." 08 July 2012. EBSCOhost,

Photo of crowd gathered in a circle at a music festival

Music Festival in Rudolstadt

"Weltmusikfestival in Rudolstadt." 08 July 2012. EBSCOhost,

Photo of horses at the markey in Berching

Horse Market in Berching, Germany

Armin, Weigel. "Germany Horse Market." 06 Feb. 2013. EBSCOhost,

Photo of three gentlemen at Oktoberfest in Munich

Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany

Matthias, Schrader and PM lglanz|File|Filed|9/14/2016 12:32:26. "Germany Oktoberfest." 14 Sept. 2016. EBSCOhost,

Photo of Germany's soccer team in a huddle

German Soccer

Martin, Meissner. "Germany Soccer Bundesliga." 11 Mar. 2018. EBSCOhost,

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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.

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.  

Additional Resources

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


    Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 36, Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 (Beethoven's Fifth)  Album Art

    20 Best-Loved German Folk Songs Album Art

Agriculture in Germany

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