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Cultural facilities

The range of culture in Germany has developed over hundreds of years.

Germany's federal structure and the independence of the Länder in cultural matters results in a very diverse cultural scene.

Often towns and municipalities are the organisers, for example, of town festivals or arts festivals. They also finance or support local cultural centres and facilities such as libraries, museums and theatres.

Cultural facilities in Germany – a few figures

In Germany there are:

  • 6,200 museums (of which 630 are art galleries),
  • 820 theatrical venues (including musical theatres and opera houses),
  • 130 professional orchestras,
  • 8,800 libraries,
  • 94,300 new publications or new editions of books each year,
  • 37 places of cultural and natural interest under the protection of the UNESCO world heritage scheme.

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Take advantage of the cultural events on offer. You will improve your language skills, obtain an impression of the cultural life and leisure activities in Germany and have the opportunity to meet new people.

Find out about cultural events from:

  • advertising hoardings,
  • newspapers and magazines,
  • radio,
  • television,
  • the Internet.

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Please remember that you must register your television and radio sets with the licence fee collection agency (Gebühreneinzugszentrale) (GEZ) The relevant forms can be obtained from banks and savings banks (Sparkassen) and they are also available on the Internet.

Date 18 December 2015

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There have been several occasions very recently in which people have pretended to be employees of the Federal Office and asked for an interview at which they questioned asylum applicants intensively. This took place in some cases on the pretext that a second hearing was allegedly needed. Important: The Federal Office does not conduct home visits! These individuals do not work for the Federal Office. The Federal Office has therefore filed criminal charges. If something similar happens to you, or if you observe anything of this nature as a carer, please report this to your local police station.Interviewers from reputable survey institutes who are currently conducting interviews as part of research projects in which data are collected on a voluntary basis clearly state who they are working for. They also give the name of the survey institute and prove this by showing the appropriate documentation. This means that you can make enquiries should you have any doubts.

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