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
Physicist

Ludwig van BeethovenLudwig van Beethoven
16 December 1770
Composer

Bruce WillisBruce Willis
19 March 1955
Actor

Anne FrankAnne Frank
12 June 1929
Writer

Angela MerkelAngela Merkel
17 July 1954
Chancellor of Germany
Alexander DreymonAlexander Dreymon
07 February 1983
Actor

Kirsten DunstKirsten Dunst
30 April 1982
Actress

Michael SchumacherMichael Schumacher
03 January 1969
Racing driver
Josef MengeleJosef Mengele
16 March 1911
War Criminal

Diane KrugerDiane Kruger
15 July 1976
Actress
Michael FassbenderMichael Fassbender
02 April 1977
Actor

CharlemagneCharlemagne
02 April 0742
King of the Frank

Heidi KlumHeidi Klum
01 June 1973
Model, Fashion Designer

Friedrich NietzscheFriedrich Nietzsche
15 October 1844
Philosopher

Otto Adolf EichmannAdolf Eichmann
19 March 1906
One of the Main Organizers of the Holocaust
Heinrich HimmlerHeinrich Himmler
07 October 1900
Nazi Commander

Eva BraunEva Braun
06 February 1912
 

Joseph GoebbelsJoseph Goebbels
29 October 1897
German Nazi politician

Pope Benedict XVIPope Benedict XVI
16 April 1927
Pope
Christoph WaltzChristoph Waltz
04 October 1956
Actor

Jürgen KloppJürgen Klopp
16 June 1967
Football Manager
Martin LutherMartin Luther
10 November 1483
Father of Protestantism and Church Reformer

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

J. Cole J. Cole
28 January 1985
Rapper, Record Producer, Singer-Songwriter
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
Hans ZimmerHans Zimmer
12 September 1957
Music Composer

Erwin RommelErwin Rommel
15 November 1891
General

Oskar SchindlerOskar Schindler
28 April 1908
 
Johann Sebastian BachJohann Sebastian Bach
31 March 1685
Composer

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Albert, Prince ConsortAlbert, Prince Consort
26 August 1819
Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Husband of Queen
Reinhard HeydrichReinhard Heydrich
07 March 1904
Nazi Official

Peter ThielPeter Thiel
11 October 1967
Co-founder of PayPal

Jackson BrowneJackson Browne
09 October 1948
Singer-songwriter

Werner Herzog Werner Herzog
05 September 1942
Actor, Director
Dirk NowitzkiDirk Nowitzki
19 June 1978
Basketball Player
Anne of ClevesAnne of Cleves
22 September 1515
Former Queen of England

Sebastian VettelSebastian Vettel
03 July 1987
Racing Driver

Rudolf HessRudolf Hess
26 April 1894
Deputy Führer

Otto von BismarckOtto von Bismarck
01 April 1815
German Statesman
Immanuel KantImmanuel Kant
22 April 1724
Philosopher

Marlene DietrichMarlene Dietrich
27 December 1901
Actress & Singer

Karl DönitzKarl Dönitz
16 September 1891
Naval Officer

Zazie BeetzZazie Beetz
25 May 1991
Actress

Jawed KarimJawed Karim
28 October 1979
Co-Founder of YouTube
Charles BukowskiCharles Bukowski
16 August 1920
Poet

Richard WagnerRichard Wagner
22 May 1813
Composer, conductor, theatre director
Albert SpeerAlbert Speer
19 March 1905
German Architect

Steffi GrafSteffi Graf
14 June 1969
Tennis player

Martin BormannMartin Bormann
17 June 1900
Private Secretary of Adolf Hitler
Hugo BossHugo Boss
08 July 1885
Fashion Designer, Entrepreneur

Johann Wolfgang von GoetheJohann Wolfgang von Goethe
28 August 1749
Poet
Boris KodjoeBoris Kodjoe
08 March 1973
Actor, Former Model

Nastassja KinskiNastassja Kinski
24 January 1961
Actress

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

Miroslav KloseMiroslav Klose
09 June 1978
German Footballer

Werner HeisenbergWerner Heisenberg
05 December 1901
Physicist
Lothar MatthäusLothar Matthäus
21 March 1961
Former German Footballer

Eckhart TolleEckhart Tolle
16 February 1948
Spiritual Speaker & Author

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
27 August 1770
Philosopher, Philosophy Historian

Hannah ArendtHannah Arendt
14 October 1906
Philosopher
Manuel Neuer Manuel Neuer
27 March 1986
Football Player

Toni KroosToni Kroos
04 January 1990
Footballer
Klaus BarbieKlaus Barbie
25 October 1913
Nazi Leader

Thomas MüllerThomas Müller
13 September 1989
Footballer

Arthur SchopenhauerArthur Schopenhauer
22 February 1788
Philosopher
Nico RosbergNico Rosberg
27 June 1985
Formula One Racing Driver

Franz BeckenbauerFranz Beckenbauer
11 September 1945
Former German Footballer
Karl LagerfeldKarl Lagerfeld
10 September 1933
Fashion Designer

Juliane KoepckeJuliane Koepcke
10 October 1954
Lone Survivor of 1971 LANSA Plane Crash

Franz LisztFranz Liszt
22 October 1811
Composer, pianist, conductor and teacher
NicoNico
16 October 1938
Singer

Anton ChekhovAnton Chekhov
29 January 1860
 
Claus von StauffenbergClaus von Stauffenberg
15 November 1907
Military Leader

Wilhelm KeitelWilhelm Keitel
22 September 1882
German Commanding Officer

Maximilian Carl Emil WeberMax Weber
21 April 1864
Sociologist

Empress Elisabeth of AustriaEmpress Elisabeth of Austria
24 December 1837
Empress of Austria
Martin HeideggerMartin Heidegger
26 September 1889
German Philosopher
Friedrich EngelsFriedrich Engels
28 November 1820
Philosopher

Lukas PodolskiLukas Podolski
04 June 1985
Footballer

Armin MeiwesArmin Meiwes
01 December 1961
Murderer

Cress WilliamsCress Williams
26 July 1970
Actor
Gerd MüllerGerd Müller
03 November 1945
Former German Footballer

Joachim von RibbentropJoachim von Ribbentrop
30 April 1893
Nazi Minister

Flula BorgFlula Borg
28 March 1982
Actor

Ernst RöhmErnst Röhm
28 November 1887
Nazi War Criminal

George Frideric HandelGeorge Frideric Handel
23 February 1685
Composer
Rosa LuxemburgRosa Luxemburg
05 March 1871
Marxist Theorist

Kim RaverKim Raver
15 March 1969
Actress
Dietrich BonhoefferDietrich Bonhoeffer
04 February 1906
 

Jürgen KlinsmannJürgen Klinsmann
30 July 1964
Football Player
Bertolt BrechtBertolt Brecht
10 February 1898
Poet
Kevin-Prince BoatengKevin-Prince Boateng
06 March 1987
Football Player

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.