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.

Pope Benedict XVIPope Benedict XVI
16 April 1927
Adolf HitlerAdolf Hitler
20 April 1889
Nazi Leader, German Dictator and Chancellor of

Albert EinsteinAlbert Einstein
14 March 1879

Anne FrankAnne Frank
12 June 1929

Jürgen KloppJürgen Klopp
16 June 1967
Football Manager

Ludwig van BeethovenLudwig van Beethoven
16 December 1770
Bruce WillisBruce Willis
19 March 1955

Josef MengeleJosef Mengele
16 March 1911
War Criminal

Kirsten DunstKirsten Dunst
30 April 1982
02 April 0742
King of the Frank

Werner Herzog Werner Herzog
05 September 1942
Actor, Director
Heidi KlumHeidi Klum
01 June 1973
Model, Fashion Designer

Michael SchumacherMichael Schumacher
03 January 1969
Racing driver

Michael FassbenderMichael Fassbender
02 April 1977

Heinrich HimmlerHeinrich Himmler
07 October 1900
Nazi Commander

Diane KrugerDiane Kruger
15 July 1976
Friedrich NietzscheFriedrich Nietzsche
15 October 1844

Otto Adolf EichmannAdolf Eichmann
19 March 1906
One of the Main Organizers of the Holocaust

Martin LutherMartin Luther
10 November 1483
Father of Protestantism and Church Reformer

Nicole Brown SimpsonNicole Brown Simpson
19 May 1959
Murdered Wife of O. J. Simpson
Christoph WaltzChristoph Waltz
04 October 1956

Zazie BeetzZazie Beetz
25 May 1991
Joseph GoebbelsJoseph Goebbels
29 October 1897
German Nazi politician

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

Angela MerkelAngela Merkel
17 July 1954
Chancellor of Germany
Eva BraunEva Braun
06 February 1912

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

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

Reinhard HeydrichReinhard Heydrich
07 March 1904
Nazi Official
George II of Great BritainGeorge II of Great Britain
30 October 1683
Former King of Great Britain & Ireland

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Johann Sebastian BachJohann Sebastian Bach
31 March 1685
Erwin RommelErwin Rommel
15 November 1891

Otto von BismarckOtto von Bismarck
01 April 1815
German Statesman

Dirk NowitzkiDirk Nowitzki
19 June 1978
Basketball Player

Oskar SchindlerOskar Schindler
28 April 1908
Immanuel KantImmanuel Kant
22 April 1724
Jackson BrowneJackson Browne
09 October 1948

Schoolboy QSchoolboy Q
26 October 1986
Hip-hop Artist

Karl LagerfeldKarl Lagerfeld
10 September 1933
Fashion Designer

Anne of ClevesAnne of Cleves
22 September 1515
Former Queen of England
Charles BukowskiCharles Bukowski
16 August 1920

Marlene DietrichMarlene Dietrich
27 December 1901
Actress & Singer

Peter ThielPeter Thiel
11 October 1967
Co-founder of PayPal

Rudolf HessRudolf Hess
26 April 1894
Deputy Führer

Richard WagnerRichard Wagner
22 May 1813
Composer, conductor, theatre director
Karl DönitzKarl Dönitz
16 September 1891
Naval Officer

Albert SpeerAlbert Speer
19 March 1905
German Architect
Johann Wolfgang von GoetheJohann Wolfgang von Goethe
28 August 1749

Martin BormannMartin Bormann
17 June 1900
Private Secretary of Adolf Hitler

Paul von HindenburgPaul von Hindenburg
02 October 1847
General, Second President of Weimar Republic
Steffi GrafSteffi Graf
14 June 1969
Tennis player

Eckhart TolleEckhart Tolle
16 February 1948
Spiritual Speaker & Author
Maximilian Carl Emil WeberMax Weber
21 April 1864

Nastassja KinskiNastassja Kinski
24 January 1961

Toni KroosToni Kroos
04 January 1990

Anton ChekhovAnton Chekhov
29 January 1860
Hannah ArendtHannah Arendt
14 October 1906

Hugo BossHugo Boss
08 July 1885
Fashion Designer, Entrepreneur

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

Werner HeisenbergWerner Heisenberg
05 December 1901
Armin MeiwesArmin Meiwes
01 December 1961

Jawed KarimJawed Karim
28 October 1979
Co-Founder of YouTube
Claus von StauffenbergClaus von Stauffenberg
15 November 1907
Military Leader

George Frideric HandelGeorge Frideric Handel
23 February 1685

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
27 August 1770
Philosopher, Philosophy Historian
Joachim PeiperJoachim Peiper
30 January 1915
Military Personnel

Franz LisztFranz Liszt
22 October 1811
Composer, pianist, conductor and teacher
Juliane KoepckeJuliane Koepcke
10 October 1954
Lone Survivor of 1971 LANSA Plane Crash

Arthur SchopenhauerArthur Schopenhauer
22 February 1788

Anne BuydensAnne Buydens
23 April 1919
Kevin-Prince BoatengKevin-Prince Boateng
06 March 1987
Football Player

Sebastian VettelSebastian Vettel
03 July 1987
Racing Driver
Lukas PodolskiLukas Podolski
04 June 1985

Alexander DreymonAlexander Dreymon
07 February 1983

Tom KaulitzTom Kaulitz
01 September 1989

Johannes KeplerJohannes Kepler
27 December 1571
Astronomer, Mathematician & Astrologer
Martin HeideggerMartin Heidegger
26 September 1889
German Philosopher
Leroy SanéLeroy Sané
11 January 1996

Boris KodjoeBoris Kodjoe
08 March 1973
Actor, Former Model

Marco ReusMarco Reus
31 May 1989

16 October 1938
Friedrich EngelsFriedrich Engels
28 November 1820

Rosa LuxemburgRosa Luxemburg
05 March 1871
Marxist Theorist

Thomas MüllerThomas Müller
13 September 1989

Bertolt BrechtBertolt Brecht
10 February 1898

Pia WurtzbachPia Wurtzbach
24 September 1989
Model, Actress
Johannes GutenbergJohannes Gutenberg
1398 AD

Jürgen KlinsmannJürgen Klinsmann
30 July 1964
Football Player
Manuel Neuer Manuel Neuer
27 March 1986
Football Player

Mario GötzeMario Götze
03 June 1992
Football Player
Dietrich BonhoefferDietrich Bonhoeffer
04 February 1906
André PrevinAndré Previn
06 April 1929

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.