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

Michael SchumacherMichael Schumacher
03 January 1969
Racing driver

Kirsten DunstKirsten Dunst
30 April 1982
Actress

Bruce WillisBruce Willis
19 March 1955
Actor

Ludwig van BeethovenLudwig van Beethoven
16 December 1770
Composer
Angela MerkelAngela Merkel
17 July 1954
Chancellor of Germany

Anne FrankAnne Frank
12 June 1929
Writer

Michael FassbenderMichael Fassbender
02 April 1977
Actor
Josef MengeleJosef Mengele
16 March 1911
War Criminal

Mesut OzilMesut Ozil
15 October 1988
Footballer
Friedrich NietzscheFriedrich Nietzsche
15 October 1844
Philosopher

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

CharlemagneCharlemagne
02 April 0742
King of the Frank

Diane KrugerDiane Kruger
15 July 1976
Actress

Heinrich HimmlerHeinrich Himmler
07 October 1900
Nazi Commander
Ursula von der LeyenUrsula von der Leyen
08 October 1958
President of the European Commission

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

Joseph GoebbelsJoseph Goebbels
29 October 1897
German Nazi politician

Heidi KlumHeidi Klum
01 June 1973
Model, Fashion Designer
Hans ZimmerHans Zimmer
12 September 1957
Film score composer

Otto Adolf EichmannAdolf Eichmann
19 March 1906
One of the Main Organizers of the Holocaust
Wilhelm IIWilhelm II
27 January 1859
Emperor of Germany

Jürgen KloppJürgen Klopp
16 June 1967
Football Manager

Albert, Prince ConsortAlbert, Prince Consort
26 August 1819
Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Husband of Queen
Sebastian VettelSebastian Vettel
03 July 1987
Racing Driver

Martin LutherMartin Luther
10 November 1483
Father of Protestantism and Church Reformer
Hermann GoringHermann Goring
12 January 1893
German Military Leader

George PattonGeorge Patton
11 November 1885
Military Officer

Werner Herzog Werner Herzog
05 September 1942
Actor, Director
Pope Benedict XVIPope Benedict XVI
16 April 1927
Pope

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Peter ThielPeter Thiel
11 October 1967
Co-founder of PayPal
Eva BraunEva Braun
06 February 1912
 

Christoph WaltzChristoph Waltz
04 October 1956
Actor

Nicole Brown SimpsonNicole Brown Simpson
19 May 1959
Murdered Wife of O. J. Simpson

Johann Sebastian BachJohann Sebastian Bach
31 March 1685
Composer
Oskar SchindlerOskar Schindler
28 April 1908
Industrialist
Anne of ClevesAnne of Cleves
22 September 1515
Former Queen of England

Reinhard HeydrichReinhard Heydrich
07 March 1904
Nazi Official

Jawed KarimJawed Karim
28 October 1979
Co-Founder of YouTube

Otto von BismarckOtto von Bismarck
01 April 1815
German Statesman
Wernher Von BraunWernher Von Braun
23 March 1912
 

Erwin RommelErwin Rommel
15 November 1891
General

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

Immanuel KantImmanuel Kant
22 April 1724
Philosopher

Rudolf HessRudolf Hess
26 April 1894
Deputy Führer
Mario GötzeMario Götze
03 June 1992
Football Player

Marlene DietrichMarlene Dietrich
27 December 1901
Actress & Singer
Alexandra FeodorovnaAlexandra Feodorovna
06 June 1872
Saint

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

Charles BukowskiCharles Bukowski
16 August 1920
Poet
Alexander DreymonAlexander Dreymon
07 February 1983
Actor

Karl DönitzKarl Dönitz
16 September 1891
Naval Officer
Albert SpeerAlbert Speer
19 March 1905
German Architect

Frederick the GreatFrederick The Great
24 January 1712
King of Prussia

Frederick II of PrussiaFrederick II of Prussia
24 January 1712
King

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

Thomas MüllerThomas Müller
13 September 1989
Footballer
Martin BormannMartin Bormann
17 June 1900
Private Secretary of Adolf Hitler

Dirk NowitzkiDirk Nowitzki
19 June 1978
Basketball Player

Zazie BeetzZazie Beetz
25 May 1991
Actress

Johann Wolfgang von GoetheJohann Wolfgang von Goethe
28 August 1749
Poet
Jackson BrowneJackson Browne
09 October 1948
Singer-songwriter

Steffi GrafSteffi Graf
14 June 1969
Tennis player
Juliane KoepckeJuliane Koepcke
10 October 1954
Lone Survivor of 1971 LANSA Plane Crash

Armin MeiwesArmin Meiwes
01 December 1961
Murderer

Karl LagerfeldKarl Lagerfeld
10 September 1933
Fashion Designer
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
27 August 1770
Philosopher, Philosophy Historian

Nastassja KinskiNastassja Kinski
24 January 1961
Actress
Hannah ArendtHannah Arendt
14 October 1906
Philosopher

George Frideric HandelGeorge Frideric Handel
23 February 1685
Composer

Maximilian Carl Emil WeberMax Weber
21 April 1864
Sociologist
Klaus BarbieKlaus Barbie
25 October 1913
Nazi Leader

Toni KroosToni Kroos
04 January 1990
Footballer
Ernst RöhmErnst Röhm
28 November 1887
Nazi War Criminal

Friedrich EngelsFriedrich Engels
28 November 1820
Philosopher

George DiCaprioGeorge DiCaprio
30 November 1943
Writer

Arthur SchopenhauerArthur Schopenhauer
22 February 1788
Philosopher
Manuel Neuer Manuel Neuer
27 March 1986
Football Player
Eckhart TolleEckhart Tolle
16 February 1948
Spiritual Speaker & Author

Werner HeisenbergWerner Heisenberg
05 December 1901
Physicist

Claus von StauffenbergClaus von Stauffenberg
15 November 1907
Military Leader

Anton ChekhovAnton Chekhov
29 January 1860
 
NicoNico
16 October 1938
Singer

Gerd MüllerGerd Müller
03 November 1945
Former German Footballer

Leroy SanéLeroy Sané
11 January 1996
Footballer

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

Boris KodjoeBoris Kodjoe
08 March 1973
Actor, Former Model
Empress Elisabeth of AustriaEmpress Elisabeth of Austria
24 December 1837
Empress of Austria

Sophie SchollSophie Scholl
09 May 1921
Anti-Nazi Activist
Martin HeideggerMartin Heidegger
26 September 1889
German Philosopher

Kevin-Prince BoatengKevin-Prince Boateng
06 March 1987
Football Player
Franz BeckenbauerFranz Beckenbauer
11 September 1945
Former German Footballer

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.