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.
George I of Great BritainGeorge I of Great Britain
28 May 1660
King of Britain
CharlemagneCharlemagne
02 April 0742
King of the Frank

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

Wilhelm IIWilhelm II
27 January 1859
Emperor of Germany

Albert, Prince ConsortAlbert, Prince Consort
26 August 1819
Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Husband of Queen

Anne of ClevesAnne of Cleves
22 September 1515
Former Queen of England
Alexandra FeodorovnaAlexandra Feodorovna
06 June 1872
Saint

Frederick the GreatFrederick The Great
24 January 1712
King of Prussia

Frederick II of PrussiaFrederick II of Prussia
24 January 1712
King
Empress Elisabeth of AustriaEmpress Elisabeth of Austria
24 December 1837
Empress of Austria

Christian IX of DenmarkChristian IX of Denmark
08 April 1818
King of Denmark

Empress MatildaEmpress Matilda
07 February 1102
Queen of Germany

Leopold I of BelgiumLeopold I of Belgium
16 December 1790
King of Belgium

Louis I The PiousLouis The Pious
16 April 0778
King of Aquitaine, King of Franks & Co-Emperor

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
George V of HanoverGeorge V of Hanover
27 May 1819
King

Sigismund, Holy Roman EmperorSigismund, Holy Roman Emperor
14 February 1368
King of Hungary
Charles the FatCharles the Fat
13 June 0839
Emperor of the Carolingian Empire

Frederick William II of PrussiaFrederick William II of Prussia
25 September 1744
King
Frederick III, Holy Roman EmperorFrederick III, Holy Roman Emperor
21 September 1415
Holy Roman Emperor

Frederick William IV of PrussiaFrederick William IV of Prussia
15 October 1795
King of Prussia
Caroline of AnsbachCaroline of Ansbach
01 March 1683
Queen

Albert, Duke of PrussiaAlbert, Duke of Prussia
17 May 1490
The First Monarch of the Duchy of Prussia

Ludwig II of BavariaLudwig II of Bavaria
25 August 1845
King
Wilhelm IWilhelm I
22 March 1797
King

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William I, German EmperorWilliam I, German Emperor
22 March 1797
King
Ernest IIErnest II
21 June 1818
Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha

Frederick William III of PrussiaFrederick William III of Prussia
03 August 1770
King

Viktoria Luise of PrussiaViktoria Luise of Prussia
13 September 1892
Princess

Elizabeth of HungaryElizabeth of Hungary
07 July 1207
Saint
Edmund the MartyrEdmund the Martyr
0841 AD
King
Frederica of HanoverFrederica of Hanover
18 April 1917
Queen

Ferdinand I of RomaniaFerdinand I of Romania
24 August 1865
Politician

Ferdinand I of BulgariaFerdinand I of Bulgaria
26 February 1861
Ruler

CerdicCerdic
0467 AD
King of Wessex
Ludwig III of BavariaLudwig III of Bavaria
07 January 1845
King

Maria Alexandrovna of HesseMaria Alexandrovna of Hesse
08 August 1824
Empress of Russia

Carol I of RomaniaCarol I of Romania
20 April 1839
Monarch

Henry IV, Holy Roman EmperorHenry IV, Holy Roman Emperor
11 November 1050
 

Augustus II the StrongAugustus II the Strong
12 May 1670
Elector of Saxony
Henry I of GermanyHenry I of Germany
0876 AD
King

Christian I of DenmarkChristian I of Denmark
31 January 1426
Monarch
Charles VII, Holy Roman EmperorCharles VII, Holy Roman Emperor
06 August 1697
Emperor

Alexandra FyodorovnaAlexandra Fyodorovna
13 July 1798
Empress of Russia

Henry VI, Holy Roman EmperorHenry VI, Holy Roman Emperor
31 October 1165
monarch, writer, composer
Louise of Mecklenburg-StrelitzLouise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
10 March 1776
Queen

Sophia Dorothea of CelleSophia Dorothea of Celle
15 September 1666
Princess
Wenceslaus IV of BohemiaWenceslaus IV of Bohemia
26 February 1361
King

Henry the LionHenry the Lion
1129 AD
Prince

Adolf Frederick, King of SwedenAdolf Frederick, King of Sweden
14 May 1710
King

Frederick William, Elector of BrandenburgFrederick William, Elector of Brandenburg
16 February 1620
Ruler

Sophie, Hereditary Princess of LiechtensteinSophie, Hereditary Princess of Liechtenstein
28 September 1967
Hereditary Princess of Liechtenstein
Frederick V, Elector PalatineFrederick V, Elector Palatine
26 August 1596
King

Henry V, Holy Roman EmperorHenry V, Holy Roman Emperor
11 August 1086
Emperor

Louis the GermanLouis the German
0804 AD
King

Henry III, Holy Roman EmperorHenry III, Holy Roman Emperor
28 October 1017
Emperor
John William FrisoJohn William Friso
14 August 1687
Prince

Louis IV, Holy Roman EmperorLouis IV, Holy Roman Emperor
01 April 1282
Emperor
Rudolph I of HabsburgRudolph I of Habsburg
01 May 1218
King

Otto III, Holy Roman EmperorOtto III, Holy Roman Emperor
30 June 0980
Emperor

Maximilian II of BavariaMaximilian II of Bavaria
28 November 1811
King
Augustus III of PolandAugustus III of Poland
17 October 1696
King

Otto IV, Holy Roman EmperorOtto IV, Holy Roman Emperor
1175 AD
Former Holy Roman Emperor
Henry VII, Holy Roman EmperorHenry VII, Holy Roman Emperor
1275 AD
Emperor

Conrad II, Holy Roman EmperorConrad II, Holy Roman Emperor
0990 AD
Holy Roman emperor

MaroboduusMaroboduus
0030 AD
king of Marcomanni
Prince Frederick Charles of HessePrince Frederick Charles of Hesse
01 May 1868
Art collector

Isabeau of BavariaIsabeau of Bavaria
1370 AD
Queen
Charles I Louis, Elector PalatineCharles I Louis, Elector Palatine
22 December 1617
 

Valentinian IIValentinian II
0371 AD
Emperor

Christian V of DenmarkChristian V of Denmark
15 April 1646
King

Frederick I of WürttembergFrederick I of Württemberg
06 November 1754
Politician
ConradinConradin
25 March 1252
King of Jerusalem
Augusta of Saxe-Weimar-EisenachAugusta of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
30 September 1811
Queen

Frederick Augustus I of SaxonyFrederick Augustus I of Saxony
23 December 1750
King

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

Adelaide of ItalyAdelaide of Italy
0931 AD
Empress
William II of WürttembergWilliam II of Württemberg
25 February 1848
Politician

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

Philip I, Landgrave of HessePhilip I, Landgrave of Hesse
13 November 1504
 

Christopher of BavariaChristopher of Bavaria
26 February 1416
King

Conrad III of GermanyConrad III of Germany
1093 AD
King
Maximilian II Emanuel, Elector of BavariaMaximilian II Emanuel, Elector of Bavaria
11 July 1662
King

Conrad IV of GermanyConrad IV of Germany
25 April 1228
King
Maximilian I, Elector of BavariaMaximilian I, Elector of Bavaria
17 April 1573
Prince

Princess Louise of Stolberg-GedernPrincess Louise of Stolberg-Gedern
20 September 1752
Princess
Philip of SwabiaPhilip of Swabia
31 July 1177
Prince
Louis the ChildLouis the Child
30 September 0893
King