Cultural institutions in Germany, Austria and Switzerland

Literature and language

Goethe Institutes in Germany: addresses
On this page you will find the contact details of all the Goethe Institutes in German cities.

Institut für Deutsche Sprache - Mannheim
The task of this institute is to research and document the German language in its current form and its recent history.

Stiftung Buch-, Medien- und Literaturhaus München
Book readings and any kinds of public events relating to literature take place in this foundation located in the heart of Munich. It serves as a meeting point for authors, publishers, and journalists and represents an important educational institution for book trade. It also is in charge of an electronic database collecting contemporary literature.

Verband Deutscher Bühnen- und Medienverlage
This organization regulates copyrights of any texts written for the stage. It also represents the rights of playwrights and librettists. They run a database of all literary works written for the stage.

Literarisches Colloquium Berlin (LCB)
A public forum for authors, literary experts, critics, journalists and anybody interested in discussing literature, this foundation organizes readings, workshops and runs a literary prize scheme.

Literaturforum im Brechthaus
The Brechthaus is home not only of a yearly international Brecht conference, it also organizes readings with contemporary authors and playwrights of politically and socially engaged literature. It supports young authors through workshop schemes and readings and sets up exhibitions and film events.

Günter Grass Stiftung Bremen
This foundation is responsible for the collection, archiving and the research of the audio-visual work of Günter Grass as well as any digital and printed documents relating to the reception of the author's work.

Deutsche Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung
This academy is responsible for maintaining standards of the German language and its literature. It organizes events with respect to literary, linguistic and socio-cultural themes. It runs prize schemes and is engaged in debates around the 'Rechtschreibreform'.

Deutscher Germanistenverband
The DGV represents the interests of teachers and lecturers in German studies working at schools, educational institutions, universities and other research institutes. It aims to deepen the ties between school and higher education and maintains contacts with related research disciplines at a national and international level.

Schweizerische Akademische Gesellschaft für Germanistik
This organization represents the interests of Germanistik, German-speaking literature and language at Swiss Universities.

Stiftung für Romantikforschung
Dedicated to scientific discussion at an international scope, this foundation organizes seminars, conferences, and other important research events. It produces its own publications relating to topics of Romanticism; it supports young scholars and runs its own prize scheme for special achievements in Romanticism Studies. It also determines research focuses with respect to international research projects.

Film, theatre and media

Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Stiftung
The Foundation received its name in memory of the film director Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau (1888 – 1931) who produced classics such as Nosferatu, Der letzte Mann and Faust. The films which Murnau produced in Germany are taken care of by the Foundation as well as thousands of other films, produced between 1900 and 1960, works which form a major part of the German film heritage. One of the tasks of the Murnau Foundation is the promotion of film and political education. The foundation-owned film archive is available to the general public.

Film- und Medienstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen
This is an important institution supporting and representing the interests of scriptwriters, producers and directors, cinema owners and distributors in their involvement with high-budget and low-budget films, drama and documentary as well as audio-plays.

Deutscher Bühnenverein - Bundesverband der Theater und Orchester
This organization is responsible for the discussion of all artistic, organizational and cultural-political questions regarding theatres and orchestras. It sets up conferences and publishes data and research about the organizational structure of German theatre.

History and politics

IFA - Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen
The IFA's aim is to support projects which enable a dialogue between different countries and cultures. Its activities are attached to the German ministry of foreign affairs. It runs a variety of cultural exchange projects such as symposia, art exhibitions, and the distribution of publications.

Frauen Media Turm
This feminist institution was founded by Alice Schwarzer and serves to document events, debates and historical data that concern women today and historically. Their archive includes about 38 000 documents, plus 300 journal items, subscriptions to about 1000 national and international feminist journals as well as collections of feminist flyers, posters and photographs. The collections are being enriched by about 2000 documents each year.

Fritz Bauer Institute - Study and Documentation Center on the History and Impact of the Holocaust
This institute was founded in Frankfurt fifty years after the National Socialist concentration and extermination camps were liberated. The association founded the first German interdisciplinary center for the study and documentation of the history and the impact of the Holocaust. The Fritz Bauer Institute's mission is to sharpen awareness of the way German society has developed since Auschwitz and for the ways the Germans have confronted the consequences. The Institute cooperates with research institutes and educational institutions, with memorial sites and museums in Germany and abroad. It also maintains contacts to a number of survivors’ associations.

Stiftung Haus der Geschichte - Bonn
This foundation comprises a meeting place, library, archive and media centre dedicated to the history of the BRD and the GDR.

Stiftung Topographie des Terrors - Berlin
The mission of the Topography of Terror Foundation is to provide historical information about National Socialism and its crimes as well as to stimulate active confrontation with this history and its impact since 1945. Moreover, the Foundation serves as an advisor to the State of Berlin in all matters relating to these issues.

Deutsche Stiftung Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung
Making women's history visible is this foundation's objective. Their mission statement declares they aim to support research projects exploring the hidden niches of culture, art, science and society that have historically been neglected by mainstream patriarchal research traditions.

Deutsch-Türkische Stiftung (DTS)
The German-Turkish Association (DTS) aims to support culturally and legally the integration of Turkish immigrants in Germany. They also report about news items from Turkey relating to the issue of immigration and fight the proliferation of prejudiced images of Turkish culture.

Stiftung Jüdisches Museum Berlin
Housed in the spectacular architecture of Daniel Libeskind, the Jewish Museum in Berlin documents 2000 years of German-Jewish history. The permanent exhibition is complemented by temporary exhibitions, contemporary installations and multi-media events in the Rafael Roth Learning Centre.

Scientific Institutions

Max-Planck-Gesellschaft
The Max-Planck-Gesellschaft embraces many different institutes undertaking research in the natural sciences, biology, humanities and social sciences. It is particularly interested in pursuing innovative and interdisciplinary research directions which would find it difficult to be accommodated within the institutionalized structures of the general university landscape.

DAAD - Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst
The DAAD funds research and studies of foreign students and academics at German universities and research institutes. Moreover, it gives scholarships to German students and scholars to study and research abroad.

Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung
The mission of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is to support research on an international level. It offers long-term fellowships in Germany to highly qualified foreign academics. It also supports scientific exchanges and collaborations arising from such fellowships.

Sigmund-Freud-Institut Frankfurt
The roots of this institute can be traced back to to the Frankfurter Psychoanalytiker Institut (1929-1933) which was forced to close down during the Nazi period with most of its members, in the majority Jewish, having to flee persecution. It reopened in 1956 as an institute dedicated to research into psychoanalysis and the training of practicioners.

Stiftung Deutsche Geisteswissenschaftliche Institute im Ausland - DGIA
The aim of this foundation is to support research into history, culture, economics and the social sciences in countries abroad and to strengthen dialogue and understanding between Germany and the partner countries. It includes 7 German research institutes in London, Warsaw, Tokyo, Washington D.C., Beirut, Istanbul and Rome with a new one in the process of being set up in Moscow.

Fine art and architecture

Das Städel Museum
This is the most important museum in Frankfurt am Main. 700 years of European history are represented in a collection of 2700 paintings, 600 sculptures and 100 000 prints and drawings by artists ranging from Dürer, Holbein and Cranach to Rembrandt, Vermeer, Monet, Van Gogh and Cézanne to Matisse and Picasso, Bacon and Baselitz, Serra and Palermo.

Deutsche Stiftung Denkmalschutz
This is the equivalent to British Heritage. Deutsche Stiftung Denkmalschutz regulates the preservation of historical monuments.

Stiftung Archiv Akademie der Künste
This archive belonging to the Academy of Arts in Berlin holds the artistic and cultural treasures of the Academy. The collections embrace the areas of fine art, architecture, literature, the performing arts, film and media, and a historical archive. There is also an extensive library.

Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau
The Bauhaus occupies a place of its own in the history of 20th century culture, architecture, design, art and new media. One of the first colleges of design, it brought together a number of the most outstanding contemporary architects and artists and was not only an innovative training center but also a place of production and focus of international debate. On their website you can find out more about their activities, events, and their archive.

Stiftung Haus der Kunst München
This is the most important museum in Munich specializing in modern and contemporary art.

Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg: Fotothek
A digital collection of ca. 20 000 photographs from the historical collection of Prussian castles and gardens. The collection is significant for its documentation of the structural and architectural state of buildings and gardens before and after the two world wars, as well as of situations before and after extensive restoration campaigns. Even photographs of Prussian castles and their inventory that have been lost are thoroughly documented in the collection. So far the search engine is only available in German.