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Eine Straße in der deutschen Stadt Göttingen (Bundesland Niedersachsen)

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Eine Straße in der deutschen Stadt Neustadt (Bundesland Hessen)

Berühmte Leute aus deutschsprachigen Ländern

Famous people from German-speaking countries

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Famous people from German-speaking countries, grouped by field of activity
Field Person
Sport tennis ⇒ Roger Federer; Steffi Graf (won multiple Grand Slams); Thomas Muster; Boris Becker; Angelique Kerber; Dominic Thiem; Philipp Kohlschreiber; Michael Stich; Nicholas Kiefer; Tommy Haas; Martina Hingis; Alexander Zverev; Anke Huber; Jürgen Melzer;
motor-racing ⇒ Sebastian Vettel; Nico Rosberg; Michael Schumacher & Ralf Schumacher; Sabine Schmitz; Niki Lauda; Gerhard Berger; Heinz-Harald Frentzen;
football ⇒ Franz Beckenbauer; Mario Götze (goal that won the 2014 World Cup Final); Miroslav Klose (world record holder for goals in World Cups); Manuel Neuer; Oliver Kahn; Michael Ballack (played with Chelsea FC, captained German team); Jürgen Klinsmann; Lukas Podolski; Mesut Özil; Bastian Schweinsteiger; Thomas Müller; Birgit Prinz (FIFA World Player of the Year in 2003, 2004 and 2005); Nadine Angerer (captain of the German national soccer team, FIFA Women's World Player of the Year 2013, played also for Brisbane Roar); Leroy Sané; Jürgen Klopp (coach at Borussia Dortmund and at Liverpool FC);
basketball ⇒ Dirk Nowitzki (multiple awards in the American NBA); Detlef Schrempf; Dennis Schröder;
skiing ⇒ Maria Höfl-Riesch (three Olympic gold medals); Hermann Maier; Alexandra Meissnitzer; Jens Weissflog; Benjamin Raich; Vreni Schneider; Annemarie Moser-Pröll (six World Cup titles); Hanni Wenzel; Marlies Schild;
figure skating ⇒ Katarina Witt (four times World Champion, twice Olympic Gold);
golf ⇒ Martin Kaymer (World #1, 2011); Bernhard Langer (World #1, 1986);
mountaineering ⇒ Reinhold Messner
Actors Arnold Schwarzenegger; Jürgen Prochnow; Marlene Dietrich; Diane Kruger; Florence Kasumba; Til Schweiger; Thomas Kretschmann; Christoph Waltz; Daniel Brühl; Klaus Kinski; Nastassja Kinski; Hardy Krüger; Bruno Ganz; Alexandra Maria Lara; Franka Potente (incl. "The Bourne Identity")
Film directors Wolfgang Petersen; Roland Emmerich; Wim Wenders; Volker Schlöndorf; Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Music Silbermond; Tokio Hotel; Lena Meyer-Landrut (2010 Eurovision winner); Kraftwerk; Nina Hagen; Sarah Connor; Scooter; Udo Lindenberg; Nena; Die Fantastischen Vier; Modern Talking; Herbert Grönemeyer; Falco; The Scorpions; Einstürzende Neubauten; Die Toten Hosen; Blixa Bargeld (of The Bad Seeds); Tangerine Dream; J. Brahms; J.S. Bach; W.A. Mozart; Ludwig van Beethoven; Felix Mendelssohn; Richard Wagner; Joseph Haydn; Robert Schumann; Herbert von Karajan; Die Prinzen; Rammstein; Conchita Wurst (2014 Eurovision winner);
Art Gottfried Helnwein; Caspar David Friedrich; Franz Marc; Joseph Beuys; Eugen von Guérard; Hans Heysen; Walter Gropius; Gustav Klimt; Friedensreich Hundertwasser; Albrecht Dürer; Regine Schumann;
Writers J. W. Goethe (the German 'Shakespeare'); The Brothers Grimm; Bertolt Brecht; Cornelia Funke (children’s writer, wrote the ‘Inkheart’ series); Thomas Mann; Franz Kafka; Heinrich Heine; Günter Grass; Friedrich Schiller; Michael Ende; Karl Marx;
Science Albert Einstein; Robert Koch; Otto Hahn; Johannes Keppler; Baron Ferdinand von Mueller option #1 / option #2; Gottlieb (Wilhelm) Daimler; Karl Friedrich Benz; Ferdinand Porsche; Wilhelm Konrad von Roentgen; Georg von Neumayer; Sigmund Freud; Hans Geiger; Karlheinz Brandenburg (mp3 audio-file format); Wernher von Braun; Johannes Gutenberg; Max Planck (Nobel Prize in Physics); Ferdinand von Zeppelin; Ludwig Leichhardt (see also book in school library: Australia, Willkommen...A History of the Germans in Australia);
Models Claudia Schiffer; Nadia Auermann; Heidi Klum; Toni Garrn; Anna Ewers; Julia Stegner;
Various politicians ⇒ Angela Merkel (topped 'Forbes' magazine's list of "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women" in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2011; world's second most powerful person according to 'Forbes' magazine in 2012 [highest ranking ever achieved by a woman]); Konrad Adenauer; Helmut Schmidt; Helmut Kohl; Willy Brandt; Otto von Bismarck;
American Revolutionary War ⇒ Baron Friedrich von Steuben;
World War II resistance ⇒ Sophie and Hans Scholl; Anne Frank (Jewish girl of German nationality who wrote a famous diary while being hidden from the Nazis); Oskar Schindler (German businessman who saved many Jews in WWII);
royalty ⇒ Elisabeth von Wittelsbach (known as »Sis(s)i«), empress consort of Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria; Ludwig II, King of Bavaria (sometimes known as »Mad King Ludwig«, or »The Swan King«, or »The Dream King«);
religious figures ⇒ the former Pope Benedikt XVI;
business/entrepreneurs ⇒ Levi Strauss (founder of first company making blue jeans); Adolf "Adi" Dassler (Adidas) and Rudolf Dassler (Puma); Nicholas Hayek (inventor of SWATCH watches);
comedian ⇒ Henning Wehn;

Other short introductory biographies

An A-Z list of Notable Austrians, Germans, Swiss (@ The German Way and More)

Famous Austrians (Austrian National Tourist Office)

Famous Austrians (@ The Famous People)

Austrian Personalities (AboutAustria.org)

The German Way and More: short biographies of notable Germans, Austrians, Swiss

List of German inventors and discoverers (Wikipedia)

Inventors from Germany - A Sampling of German Inventors and Inventions

Quiz: Inventors and inventions from the German-speaking countries

Computers, Cars, Planes: German Inventors | The Truth About Germany | Euromaxx

Compiled by D Nutting