When we talk about famous Germans, which is the first name that comes to our mind? Albert Einstein, the great scientist; Adolf Hitler, the most notorious dictator; or the philosopher and socialist, Karl Marx? The contributions of the Germans to the technological, literary, political and spiritual developments of the world have been so immense that it is difficult to express in words. Creative, focused, efficient and reserved, the Germans are considered to be among the world’s most disciplined and hardworking people. From ancient times, Germans have enriched the world heritage in one way or the other. Way back in the 15th century, Nicholas of Kues became one of the first proponents of Renaissance humanism and thus making spiritual and political contributions to not just European history, but to the world.

Adolf HitlerAdolf Hitler
20 April 1889
Nazi Leader, German Dictator and Chancellor of
Albert EinsteinAlbert Einstein
14 March 1879

Ludwig van BeethovenLudwig van Beethoven
16 December 1770

Michael SchumacherMichael Schumacher
03 January 1969
Racing driver

Anne FrankAnne Frank
12 June 1929

Kirsten DunstKirsten Dunst
30 April 1982
Jürgen KloppJürgen Klopp
16 June 1967
Football Manager

Bruce WillisBruce Willis
19 March 1955

Heidi KlumHeidi Klum
01 June 1973
Model, Fashion Designer
Michael FassbenderMichael Fassbender
02 April 1977

Angela MerkelAngela Merkel
17 July 1954
Chancellor of Germany
Josef MengeleJosef Mengele
16 March 1911
War Criminal

Friedrich NietzscheFriedrich Nietzsche
15 October 1844

02 April 0742
King of the Frank

J. Cole J. Cole
28 January 1985
Rapper, Record Producer, Singer-Songwriter

Diane KrugerDiane Kruger
15 July 1976
Heinrich HimmlerHeinrich Himmler
07 October 1900
Nazi Commander

Sebastian VettelSebastian Vettel
03 July 1987
Racing Driver

Oskar SchindlerOskar Schindler
28 April 1908

Joseph GoebbelsJoseph Goebbels
29 October 1897
German Nazi politician
Leroy SanéLeroy Sané
11 January 1996

Otto Adolf EichmannAdolf Eichmann
19 March 1906
One of the Main Organizers of the Holocaust
Peter ThielPeter Thiel
11 October 1967
Co-founder of PayPal

Christoph WaltzChristoph Waltz
04 October 1956

Eva BraunEva Braun
06 February 1912
George I of Great BritainGeorge I of Great Britain
28 May 1660
King of Britain

Pope Benedict XVIPope Benedict XVI
16 April 1927
Martin LutherMartin Luther
10 November 1483
Father of Protestantism and Church Reformer

Hans ZimmerHans Zimmer
12 September 1957
Film score composer

Nicole Brown SimpsonNicole Brown Simpson
19 May 1959
Murdered Wife of O. J. Simpson
George II of Great BritainGeorge II of Great Britain
30 October 1683
Former King of Great Britain & Ireland

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Alexander DreymonAlexander Dreymon
07 February 1983
Erwin RommelErwin Rommel
15 November 1891

Manuel Neuer Manuel Neuer
27 March 1986
Football Player

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

Jackson BrowneJackson Browne
09 October 1948
Reinhard HeydrichReinhard Heydrich
07 March 1904
Nazi Official
Charles BukowskiCharles Bukowski
16 August 1920

Steffi GrafSteffi Graf
14 June 1969
Tennis player

Werner Herzog Werner Herzog
05 September 1942
Actor, Director

Nico RosbergNico Rosberg
27 June 1985
Formula One Racing Driver
Otto von BismarckOtto von Bismarck
01 April 1815
German Statesman

Johann Sebastian BachJohann Sebastian Bach
31 March 1685

Rudolf HessRudolf Hess
26 April 1894
Deputy Führer

Immanuel KantImmanuel Kant
22 April 1724

Anne of ClevesAnne of Cleves
22 September 1515
Former Queen of England
Marlene DietrichMarlene Dietrich
27 December 1901
Actress & Singer

Dirk NowitzkiDirk Nowitzki
19 June 1978
Basketball Player
Zazie BeetzZazie Beetz
25 May 1991

Thomas MüllerThomas Müller
13 September 1989

Mario GötzeMario Götze
03 June 1992
Football Player
Karl DönitzKarl Dönitz
16 September 1891
Naval Officer

Jawed KarimJawed Karim
28 October 1979
Co-Founder of YouTube
Toni KroosToni Kroos
04 January 1990

Albert SpeerAlbert Speer
19 March 1905
German Architect

Richard WagnerRichard Wagner
22 May 1813
Composer, conductor, theatre director

Paul von HindenburgPaul von Hindenburg
02 October 1847
General, Second President of Weimar Republic

Johann Wolfgang von GoetheJohann Wolfgang von Goethe
28 August 1749
Eckhart TolleEckhart Tolle
16 February 1948
Spiritual Speaker & Author

Martin BormannMartin Bormann
17 June 1900
Private Secretary of Adolf Hitler

Werner HeisenbergWerner Heisenberg
05 December 1901

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
27 August 1770
Philosopher, Philosophy Historian
Nastassja KinskiNastassja Kinski
24 January 1961

Arthur SchopenhauerArthur Schopenhauer
22 February 1788
Hannah ArendtHannah Arendt
14 October 1906

Karl LagerfeldKarl Lagerfeld
10 September 1933
Fashion Designer

Marco ReusMarco Reus
31 May 1989
Armin MeiwesArmin Meiwes
01 December 1961

Miroslav KloseMiroslav Klose
09 June 1978
German Footballer
Hugo BossHugo Boss
08 July 1885
Fashion Designer, Entrepreneur

16 October 1938

Klaus BarbieKlaus Barbie
25 October 1913
Nazi Leader
Gerd MüllerGerd Müller
03 November 1945
Former German Footballer

Friedrich EngelsFriedrich Engels
28 November 1820
Boris  BeckerBoris Becker
22 November 1967
Former World No. 1 Tennis Star

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

Cress WilliamsCress Williams
26 July 1970

Ernst RöhmErnst Röhm
28 November 1887
Nazi War Criminal
Claus von StauffenbergClaus von Stauffenberg
15 November 1907
Military Leader
Juliane KoepckeJuliane Koepcke
10 October 1954
Lone Survivor of 1971 LANSA Plane Crash

Franz LisztFranz Liszt
22 October 1811
Composer, pianist, conductor and teacher

Maximilian Carl Emil WeberMax Weber
21 April 1864

Franz BeckenbauerFranz Beckenbauer
11 September 1945
Former German Footballer
Martin HeideggerMartin Heidegger
26 September 1889
German Philosopher

Anton ChekhovAnton Chekhov
29 January 1860

Rosa LuxemburgRosa Luxemburg
05 March 1871
Marxist Theorist

Kevin-Prince BoatengKevin-Prince Boateng
06 March 1987
Football Player

Roland EmmerichRoland Emmerich
10 November 1955
Film Director, Screenwriter
Lothar MatthäusLothar Matthäus
21 March 1961
Former German Footballer

Otto FrankOtto Frank
12 May 1889
Father of Anne Frank
André PrevinAndré Previn
06 April 1929

Lukas PodolskiLukas Podolski
04 June 1985
Irma GreseIrma Grese
07 October 1923
Nazi Guard
Boris KodjoeBoris Kodjoe
08 March 1973
Actor, Former Model

Over the centuries Germans have kept alive their tradition of actively enriching the world history through their philosophical theories, military contributions, literary pursuits, and technological advancements. In fact, Germany boasts of having had more Nobel Prizes in the sciences than any other nation in the 20th century. Germany is also home to some of the most beautiful and talented people who adorn the field of fine arts, theatre and films. Browse this section to read all about the famous Germans who helped shape the world.