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Germany - more than ommpah and Lederhosen
Famous Germans don't all belong to the past. Werner Herzog, Michael Fassbender, Till Schweiger, Karl Lagerfeld, Helmut Newton, Steffi Graf, the Rothschild family, Wim Wenders, Claudia Schiffer, and Heidi Klum are all German.
Equally, beside the classical composers like Bach, Beethoven, and Wagner, Germany has some excellent modern music to offer, e.g. Scorpion (hard rock), song writer and actor Herbert Grönemeyer, Rammstein (metal) and the excellent up and coming Fotos, Clueso (both rock/pop) as well as more established Die Prinzen, Söhne Mannheims, Blumentopf, and Ärzte (rock/punk).
Did you know? Germany hasn't been a country for very long: it was only officially founded in 1871. Before then, Bavaria, Prussia etc were all independent countries with their own kings and laws.
Berlin became home to the biggest train station in Europe in the year 2006.
LEO online dictionary
German Way, for useful tips on German culture and more
ARD, TV station (a bit like BBC1)
ZDF, TV station (a bit like ITV)
Deutsche Welle, radio station a bit like BBC World; they have many interesting pages for learners of German, like the "Video Thema", a short topical report with separate transcripts. They also do slowly spoken German news for intermediate German students.
Slow German: an excellent podcasts on all things German, spoken slowly. The author, Annik Rubens, also provides transcripts and exercises.
Make German (More) Fun Become a Couch Kartoffel and watch a German film
Deutschland '83, (currently on Channel4oD) a thrilling new crime drama series set in the 80s, where a rookie spy is recruited to infiltrate the West German army.