Find out more about the greatest German, including Adolf Hitler, Albert Einstein, Albert, Prince Consort, Kirsten Dunst and Marlene Dietrich.

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
(Nazi Leader, German Dictator and Chancellor of Germany)

20 April 1889

30 April 1945

Braunau am Inn

Aries

Albert EinsteinAlbert Einstein
(Father of Modern Physics)

14 March 1879

18 April 1955

Ulm, Kingdom of Württemberg, German Empire

Pisces

Michael FassbenderMichael Fassbender
(Actor)

02 April 1977

Heidelberg

Aries

Karl MarxKarl Marx
(Economist, Philosopher)

05 May 1818

14 March 1883

Trier

Taurus

Anne FrankAnne Frank
(Writer)

12 June 1929

01 March 1945

Frankfurt am Main, Weimar Germany

Gemini

Kirsten DunstKirsten Dunst
(Actress)

30 April 1982

Point Pleasant, New Jersey, United States

Taurus

Albert, Prince ConsortAlbert, Prince Consort
(Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha)

26 August 1819

14 December 1861

Coburg

Virgo

Oskar SchindlerOskar Schindler

28 April 1908

09 October 1974

Svitavy

Taurus

Friedrich NietzscheFriedrich Nietzsche
(Philosopher and Philologist)

15 October 1844

25 August 1900

Röcken-bei-Lützen, Kingdom of Prussia

Libra

Ludwig van BeethovenLudwig van Beethoven
(Composer)

16 December 1770

26 March 1827

Bonn, Germany

Sagittarius

Heinrich HimmlerHeinrich Himmler
(Nazi Commander)

07 October 1900

23 May 1945

Munich, Kingdom of Bavaria, Germany

Libra

Josef MengeleJosef Mengele
(War Criminal)

16 March 1911

07 February 1979

Günzburg, Bavaria, Germany

Pisces

CharlemagneCharlemagne
(King of the Frank)

02 April 0742

28 January 0814

Herstal

Aries

Michael SchumacherMichael Schumacher
(Racing driver)

03 January 1969

Hürth, Germany

Capricorn

Martin LutherMartin Luther
(Father of Protestantism and Church Reformer)

10 November 1483

18 February 1546

Eisleben, Germany

Scorpio

Joseph GoebbelsJoseph Goebbels
(German Nazi politician)

29 October 1897

01 May 1945

Rheydt

Scorpio

Angela MerkelAngela Merkel
(Chancellor of Germany)

17 July 1954

Hamburg

Cancer

Eva BraunEva Braun

06 February 1912

30 April 1945

Munich

Aquarius

Heidi KlumHeidi Klum
(Model, Fashion Designer)

01 June 1973

Bergisch Gladbach, West Germany

Gemini

Hans ZimmerHans Zimmer
(Music Composer)

12 September 1957

Frankfurt am Main, West Germany

Virgo

Diane KrugerDiane Kruger

15 July 1976

Algermissen

Cancer

Reinhard HeydrichReinhard Heydrich
(Nazi Official)

07 March 1904

04 June 1942

Halle

Pisces

Johann Sebastian BachJohann Sebastian Bach
(Composer)

31 March 1685

28 July 1750

Eisenach, Saxe-Eisenach

Aries

Otto von BismarckOtto von Bismarck
(German Statesman)

01 April 1815

30 July 1898

Schönhausen

Aries

Rudolf HessRudolf Hess
(Deputy Führer)

26 April 1894

17 August 1987

Alexandria

Taurus

Immanuel KantImmanuel Kant
(Philosopher)

22 April 1724

12 February 1804

Königsberg, Germany

Taurus

Pope Benedict XVIPope Benedict XVI
(Pope)

16 April 1927

Marktl, Germany

Aries

Erwin RommelErwin Rommel
(General)

15 November 1891

14 October 1944

Heidenheim an der Brenz, Germany

Scorpio

Otto Adolf EichmannAdolf Eichmann
(One of the Main Organizers of the Holocaust)

19 March 1906

31 May 1962

Solingen, Rhine Province, Germany

Pisces

Albert SpeerAlbert Speer
(German Architect)

19 March 1905

01 September 1981

Mannheim, Baden, Germany

Pisces

Richard WagnerRichard Wagner
(Composer, conductor, theatre director)

22 May 1813

13 February 1883

Leipzig

Gemini

Martin BormannMartin Bormann
(Private Secretary of Adolf Hitler)

17 June 1900

02 May 1945

Wegeleben

Gemini

Sebastian VettelSebastian Vettel
(Racing Driver)

03 July 1987

Heppenheim

Cancer

Manuel Neuer Manuel Neuer
(Football Player)

27 March 1986

Gelsenkirchen, West Germany

Aries

Florence KasumbaFlorence Kasumba

26 October 1976

Kampala, Uganda

Scorpio

Toni KroosToni Kroos
(Footballer)

04 January 1990

Greifswald

Capricorn

Marlene DietrichMarlene Dietrich
(Actress & Singer)

27 December 1901

06 May 1992

Schöneberg

Capricorn

Karl DönitzKarl Dönitz
(Naval Officer)

16 September 1891

24 December 1980

Grünau

Virgo

Charles BukowskiCharles Bukowski
(Poet)

16 August 1920

09 March 1994

Andernach

Leo

Johann Wolfgang von GoetheJohann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Poet)

28 August 1749

22 March 1832

Frankfurt

Virgo

Werner Herzog Werner Herzog
(Actor, Director)

05 September 1942

Munich

Virgo

Johannes KeplerJohannes Kepler
(Astronomer, Mathematician & Astrologer)

27 December 1571

15 November 1630

Weil der Stadt

Capricorn

Jackson BrowneJackson Browne
(Singer-songwriter)

09 October 1948

Heidelberg, Germany

Libra

Karl LagerfeldKarl Lagerfeld
(Fashion Designer)

10 September 1933

Hamburg

Virgo

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
(Philosopher, Philosophy Historian)

27 August 1770

14 November 1831

Stuttgart, Duchy of Württemberg, Germany

Virgo

Werner HeisenbergWerner Heisenberg
(Physicist)

05 December 1901

01 February 1976

Würzburg

Sagittarius

Johannes GutenbergJohannes Gutenberg
(Printer)

1398 AD

03 February 1468

Mainz

George Frideric HandelGeorge Frideric Handel
(Composer)

23 February 1685

14 April 1759

Halle, Germany

Pisces

Anton ChekhovAnton Chekhov

29 January 1860

15 July 1904

Taganrog, Russian Empire

Aquarius

Arthur SchopenhauerArthur Schopenhauer
(Philosopher)

22 February 1788

21 September 1860

Gdańsk

Pisces

Franz LisztFranz Liszt
(Composer, pianist, conductor and teacher)

22 October 1811

31 July 1886

Raiding, Hungary

Libra

Erich LudendorffErich Ludendorff
(General of German Army)

09 April 1865

20 December 1937

Munich, Germany

Aries

Bertolt BrechtBertolt Brecht
(Poet)

10 February 1898

14 August 1956

Augsburg, German Empire

Aquarius

Martin HeideggerMartin Heidegger
(German Philosopher)

26 September 1889

26 May 1976

Meßkirch, Baden,, German Empire

Libra

Friedrich EngelsFriedrich Engels
(Philosopher)

28 November 1820

05 August 1895

Barmen, Germany

Sagittarius

Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-SaalfeldPrincess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld
(Princess)

17 August 1786

16 March 1861

Coburg, Germany

Leo

Steffi GrafSteffi Graf
(Tennis player)

14 June 1969

Gemini

Hannah ArendtHannah Arendt
(Philosopher)

14 October 1906

04 December 1975

Hanover, Germany

Libra

Johannes BrahmsJohannes Brahms
(Composer and pianist)

07 May 1833

03 April 1897

Hamburg

Taurus

Miroslav KloseMiroslav Klose
(German Footballer)

09 June 1978

Opole, Poland

Gemini

Rosa LuxemburgRosa Luxemburg
(Marxist Theorist)

05 March 1871

15 January 1919

Zamos'c'

Pisces

Boris KodjoeBoris Kodjoe
(Actor, Former Model)

08 March 1973

Vienna, Austria

Pisces

Dietrich BonhoefferDietrich Bonhoeffer

04 February 1906

09 April 1945

Breslau, Silesia Province, Prussia

Aquarius

Robert SchumannRobert Schumann
(Composer, Aesthete and Music Critic)

08 June 1810

29 July 1856

Zwickau

Gemini

Otto FrankOtto Frank
(Father of Anne Frank)

12 May 1889

19 August 1980

Frankfurt am Main, German Empire

Taurus

Robert KochRobert Koch
(Physician)

11 December 1843

27 May 1910

Clausthal-Zellerfeld

Sagittarius

Max PlanckMax Planck
(Physicist)

23 April 1858

04 October 1947

Kiel

Taurus

Konrad AdenauerKonrad Adenauer
(Former Chancellor of Germany)

05 January 1876

19 April 1967

Cologne

Capricorn

Irma GreseIrma Grese
(Nazi Guard)

07 October 1923

13 December 1945

Feldberger Seenlandschaft, Germany

Libra

Hildegard of BingenHildegard of Bingen
(Philosopher)

16 September 1098

17 September 1179

Bermersheim vor der Höhe, Germany

Virgo

Hermann HesseHermann Hesse
(Poet)

02 July 1877

09 August 1962

Calw

Cancer

Nico RosbergNico Rosberg
(Formula One Racing Driver)

27 June 1985

Wiesbaden, Germany

Cancer

Erik EriksonErik Erikson
(American-German psychologist)

15 June 1902

12 May 1994

Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Gemini

Klaus BarbieKlaus Barbie
(Nazi Leader)

25 October 1913

1991 AD

Bad Godesberg

Scorpio

Wilhelm KeitelWilhelm Keitel
(German Commanding Officer)

22 September 1882

16 October 1946

Helmscherode, Bad Gandersheim

Virgo

Gerd MüllerGerd Müller
(Former German Footballer)

03 November 1945

Nördlingen, Allied-occupied Germany

Scorpio

Franz BeckenbauerFranz Beckenbauer
(Former German Footballer)

11 September 1945

Munich, Germany

Virgo

Ludwig Mies van der RoheLudwig Mies van der Rohe
(Architect)

27 March 1886

17 August 1969

Aachen, Kingdom of Prussia, German Empire

Aries

Lothar MatthäusLothar Matthäus
(Former German Footballer)

21 March 1961

Erlangen, Bavaria, West Germany

Aries

Juliane KoepckeJuliane Koepcke
(Lone Survivor of 1971 LANSA Plane Crash)

10 October 1954

Lima, Peru

Libra

Boris  BeckerBoris Becker
(Former World No. 1 Tennis Star)

22 November 1967

Leimen, West Germany

Scorpio

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.