When you talk of German history, what is the first name that strikes the mind? Without a doubt, almost everyone would come up with the name Adolf Hitler and why not, for his tyranny and totalitarianism ended up in World War II that was detrimental for the society and its people. But did you know that Hitler wasn’t a German-born? Yes, as surprising as it may seem to be, Hitler in fact was an Austrian but had such a profound influence on German history that he was counted as a German. German history is filled with such influential personalities whose contribution led to the literary, technological, spiritual and political development of the world. Imagine how far would mankind have gone without the discovery of Einstein’s theory of relativity? What if Johannes Gutenberg never existed? Who would have introduced printing to Europe? Karl Marx and his work in economics have laid the basis for the current understanding of labor and its relation to capital. He is indisputably one of the most influential figures of human history. But these names are just the handful of the numerous German figures whose immeasurable contribution transformed the way the world worked. Delve deeper into the segment and find out in details about famous German historical personalities and their contribution for the development of mankind.
CharlemagneCharlemagne
02 April 0742
King of the Frank
Albert, Prince ConsortAlbert, Prince Consort
26 August 1819
Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Husband of Queen

George I of Great BritainGeorge I of Great Britain
28 May 1660
King of Britain

George II of Great BritainGeorge II of Great Britain
30 October 1683
Former King of Great Britain & Ireland

Anne of ClevesAnne of Cleves
22 September 1515
Former Queen of England

Empress Elisabeth of AustriaEmpress Elisabeth of Austria
24 December 1837
Empress of Austria

Empress MatildaEmpress Matilda
07 February 1102
Queen of Germany

Leopold I of BelgiumLeopold I of Belgium
16 December 1790
King of Belgium
Christian IX of DenmarkChristian IX of Denmark
08 April 1818
King of Denmark

Sigismund, Holy Roman EmperorSigismund, Holy Roman Emperor
14 February 1368
King of Hungary

Francis I, Holy Roman EmperorFrancis I, Holy Roman Emperor
08 December 1708
Holy Roman Emperor

Otto I, Holy Roman EmperorOtto I, Holy Roman Emperor
23 November 0912
Emperor
Wilhelm IIWilhelm II
27 January 1859
Emperor of Germany

George V of HanoverGeorge V of Hanover
27 May 1819
King

Frederick William IV of PrussiaFrederick William IV of Prussia
15 October 1795
King of Prussia

Frederick III, Holy Roman EmperorFrederick III, Holy Roman Emperor
21 September 1415
Holy Roman Emperor
Charles the FatCharles the Fat
13 June 0839
Emperor of the Carolingian Empire

Frederick II of PrussiaFrederick II of Prussia
24 January 1712
King
Albert, Duke of PrussiaAlbert, Duke of Prussia
17 May 1490
The First Monarch of the Duchy of Prussia

Frederick the GreatFrederick The Great
24 January 1712
King of Prussia

Alexandra FeodorovnaAlexandra Feodorovna
06 June 1872
Saint
Louis I The PiousLouis The Pious
16 April 0778
King of Aquitaine, King of Franks & Co-Emperor

Frederick William III of PrussiaFrederick William III of Prussia
03 August 1770
Composer, Politician
Christian VII of DenmarkChristian VII of Denmark
29 January 1749
Monarch

Frederick William I of PrussiaFrederick William I of Prussia
14 August 1688
King

Henry IV, Holy Roman EmperorHenry IV, Holy Roman Emperor
11 November 1050
 
Frederick William II of PrussiaFrederick William II of Prussia
25 September 1744
King

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Ferdinand I of RomaniaFerdinand I of Romania
24 August 1865
Politician
Frederick William, Elector of BrandenburgFrederick William, Elector of Brandenburg
16 February 1620
Ruler

Carol I of RomaniaCarol I of Romania
20 April 1839
Politician

Ludwig III of BavariaLudwig III of Bavaria
07 January 1845
King

Ferdinand I of BulgariaFerdinand I of Bulgaria
26 February 1861
Ruler
Augustus II the StrongAugustus II the Strong
 
Elizabeth of HungaryElizabeth of Hungary
07 July 1207
Saint

CerdicCerdic
0467 AD
King of Wessex

Sophie, Hereditary Princess of LiechtensteinSophie, Hereditary Princess of Liechtenstein
28 September 1967
Hereditary Princess of Liechtenstein

Charles VII, Holy Roman EmperorCharles VII, Holy Roman Emperor
06 August 1697
Emperor
Henry VI, Holy Roman EmperorHenry VI, Holy Roman Emperor
31 October 1165
monarch, writer, composer

Henry the LionHenry the Lion
1129 AD
Prince

Louise of Mecklenburg-StrelitzLouise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
10 March 1776
Queen

Christian I of DenmarkChristian I of Denmark
31 January 1426
Monarch

Louis the GermanLouis the German
0804 AD
King
Henry V, Holy Roman EmperorHenry V, Holy Roman Emperor
11 August 1086
Emperor

Louis IV, Holy Roman EmperorLouis IV, Holy Roman Emperor
01 April 1282
Emperor
Augustus III of PolandAugustus III of Poland
17 October 1696
King

Henry III, Holy Roman EmperorHenry III, Holy Roman Emperor
28 October 1017
Emperor

Henry VII, Holy Roman EmperorHenry VII, Holy Roman Emperor
1275 AD
Emperor
Isabeau of BavariaIsabeau of Bavaria
1370 AD
Queen

Otto IV, Holy Roman EmperorOtto IV, Holy Roman Emperor
1175 AD
Former Holy Roman Emperor
Frederick V, Elector PalatineFrederick V, Elector Palatine
26 August 1596
King

Maximilian II of BavariaMaximilian II of Bavaria
28 November 1811
King

Valentinian IIValentinian II
0371 AD
Emperor

Charles Theodore, Elector of BavariaCharles Theodore, Elector of Bavaria
10 December 1724
Prince

Charles I Louis, Elector PalatineCharles I Louis, Elector Palatine
22 December 1617
 
ConradinConradin
25 March 1252
King of Jerusalem

Christopher of BavariaChristopher of Bavaria
26 February 1416
King

Luitpold, Prince Regent of BavariaLuitpold, Prince Regent of Bavaria
12 March 1821
 

Frederick I of WürttembergFrederick I of Württemberg
06 November 1754
Politician
William II of WürttembergWilliam II of Württemberg
25 February 1848
Politician

Conrad III of GermanyConrad III of Germany
1093 AD
King
Philip I, Landgrave of HessePhilip I, Landgrave of Hesse
13 November 1504
 

Maximilian II Emanuel, Elector of BavariaMaximilian II Emanuel, Elector of Bavaria
11 July 1662
King

Louis the ChildLouis the Child
30 September 0893
King
Philip of SwabiaPhilip of Swabia
31 July 1177
Prince

Maximilian I, Elector of BavariaMaximilian I, Elector of Bavaria
17 April 1573
Prince
Lothair III, Holy Roman EmperorLothair III, Holy Roman Emperor
09 June 1075
Emperor

Conrad I of GermanyConrad I of Germany
0890 AD
King

Juliana Maria of Brunswick-WolfenbüttelJuliana Maria of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel
04 September 1729
 
Carloman of BavariaCarloman of Bavaria
0830 AD
King

Maximilian III Joseph, Elector of BavariaMaximilian III Joseph, Elector of Bavaria
28 March 1727
Prince
Louis the YoungerLouis the Younger
0830 AD
King

Karl August, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-EisenachKarl August, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
03 September 1757
Sovereign

Jacob ben AsherJacob ben Asher
1269 AD
Rabbi

Theodore of CorsicaTheodore of Corsica
25 August 1694
King of Corsica
John William FrisoJohn William Friso
14 August 1687
Prince
William I, German EmperorWilliam I, German Emperor
22 March 1797
King

Alexander John CuzaAlexander John Cuza
20 March 1820
Political figure

Rudolph I of HabsburgRudolph I of Habsburg
01 May 1218
King

Henry I of GermanyHenry I of Germany
0876 AD
King
King Ludwig II of BavariaKing Ludwig II of Bavaria
25 August 1845
King

Maria Alexandrovna of HesseMaria Alexandrovna of Hesse
08 August 1824
Russia

Prince Leopold of Hohenzollern-SigmaringenPrince Leopold of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen
22 September 1835
Prussian prince

Ferdinand MariaFerdinand Maria
31 October 1636
Ruler

Frederick Augustus IIFrederick Augustus II
18 May 1797
King of Saxony
Viktoria Luise of PrussiaViktoria Luise of Prussia
13 September 1892
Princess

Alexandra FyodorovnaAlexandra Fyodorovna
13 July 1798
Empress of Russia
John George IIIJohn George III, Elector of SaxonyJohn George IIIJohn George III, Elector of Saxony
20 June 1647
King