Former German President Walter Scheel in 2011

Former German President Walter Scheel dead

Former German President and Foreign Minister Walter Scheel has died. Federal President Joachim Gauck said Scheel had achieved great things during his time in public office. Chancellor Angela Merkel praised Scheel as an advocate for peace and democracy who carried out his role of President with natural authority and dignity. A Book of Condolence will be open on Tuesday 30 August and Wednesday 31 August from 10am-noon and 2-4pm at 34 Belgrave Square, London, SW1X 8QB.


The German Embassy and the Legal and Consular Section London will be closed on 29 August.

The German flag and the Union Jack in Berlin

Information for German citizens living in the United Kingdom

If you are a German citizen living in the United Kingdom, click here for more information regarding the result of the referendum on British EU membership.

FGS Sachsen

Frigate FGS Sachsen to take part in German Operational Sea Training at Royal Navy Flag Officer Sea Training in Plymouth

The Frigate FGS Sachsen will berth in Edinburgh from 26-29 August as part of a training mission to prepare herself for a later mission and Royal Navy Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST) in Plymouth, England.

Angela Merkel with Prince Willam and NRW Minister President Hannelore Kraft

HRH Prince William & Angela Merkel attend 70th anniversary celebrations of North Rhine-Westphalia

Chancellor Angela Merkel and His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge Prince William, attended a ceremony celebrating the seventieth anniversary of North Rhine-Westphalia in Düsseldorf yesterday evening.

Chancellor Merkel meets with Matteo Renzi and Francois Hollande

Merkel meets with Renzi and Hollande in Ventotene

Chancellor Angela Merkel met with Italian Prime Minister Renzi and French President Hollande in Ventotene yesterday. Speaking after the talks, Merkel said that in light of Islamic terrorism and the civil war in Syria, the EU would need to do more in the field of domestic and foreign security.

the German Naval Attaché, Commander Steffen Handrick receiving the painting from Mr Derrick F. Streeton

Retired British marine engineer gifts painting of Admiral Graf Spee to German Naval Academy

On 22th of August, Derrick F. Streeton, a retired marine engineer, handed over a painting of the Admiral Graf Spee by marine artist Robert Lloyd to the German Naval Attaché, Commander Steffen Handrick. The painting will be added to the historical collection of the historical institute at the Mürwik Naval Academy near Flensburg.

Babelsberg waterfeatures

The Babelsberg park and palace restored to former glory

The Babelsberg Palace and surrounding landscaped gardens have been restored to their former glory following completion of an extensive €5.9 million government and state-financed renovation program.

German women celebrate their gold medal in football at Rio 2016

Germany finish fifth in overal medal rankings for Rio 2016 after string of medal wins during final weekend

Germany finished fifth in the overall medal rankings for Rio 2016 after a string of medal wins during the final weekend of the Summer Games. The women's football team won gold with further gold medals coming in the men's K4 & C2 1000m as well as the men's javelin throw. The men's football team reached the final where they were claimed silver after losing to hosts Brazil on penalties.

Highlights of Berlin

Professional Tour for British Teachers of History

The German Embassy London, together with the Federal Foreign Office, annually organises a professional trip for British teachers of history to Berlin. A special focus of this year’s History Teacher Tour to Berlin will be on German Unity.

School children arranged in the formation of the Olympic rings

In Focus: Germany at the Summer Olympics

This summer’s spectacle of sport in Rio de Janeiro will see more than 10,000 athletes compete for medals and glory whilst promoting the Olympic values of respect, tolerance and solidarity. The latest installment of our “In Focus” series looks at Germany’s medal hopefuls at Rio 2016, record breaking German athletes, how the Olympic spirit is promoted within German society as well as the 2016 Paralympic Games.

Kiel Week, the world's largest sailing event

City Profile: Kiel

Kiel is the capital of the northern German state Schleswig-Holstein and has around 240,000 inhabitants. Founded in the 13th century as "Holstenstadt tom Kyle", the city’s name was changed to Kiel in 1900. Due to its location close to the Baltic Sea, it is an important maritime centre as well as transport hub, probably best known for the annual Kiel Week, the biggest sailing event in the world.

Lieutenant Colonel Phil Hateley with Brigadier General Martin Hein

Silver Cross of Honour of the Bundeswehr awarded to Lieutenant Colonel Phil Hateley

On 15 August Martin Hein, Defence Attaché of the German Embassy London awarded the Silver Cross of Honour of the Bundeswehr to Lieutenant Colonel Phil Hateley on behalf of German Defence Minister Dr Ursula von der Leyen.

Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière

Main focus is the security of citizens

More staff and equipment for the police, more prevention and integration, as well as determined and strict procedure against offenders and instigators: German Interior Minister de Maizière presented measures for more security in response to the recent attacks in Germany.

Performers on stage during the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in London

German performances at this year's BBC Proms

This year's Proms features a formidable selection of German musical talent. Conductor Christian Thielemann, the Berlin Philharmonic or Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra are just a few examples.

Wim Wenders

Wim Wenders at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival

Film director Wim Wenders is among the nominees for this year’s Golden Lion with the Franco-German coproduction “Les beaux jours d'Aranjuez” , filmed in 3D. It is the second nomination for Wenders, after his 1982 win with “The State of Things”, and thus one of three German winners alongside Alexander Kluge and Margarethe von Trotten.

Brandenburg Gate turns 225

Berlin's iconic landmark turns 225

One of the biggest and most beautiful creations of German classicism is celebrating its 225th birthday: Brandenburg Gate, located in the heart of Germany’s capital Berlin. According to a survey of the German National Tourist Board, the monument is one of the most popular sights in Germany attracting hundreds of thousands of tourists each year.

The winners of the International German Olympics 2016

Final of the International German Olympics held at the German Foreign Office

For two weeks, the participants have been bravely battling their way through adjective declensions and nominal constructions – but above all, they have proved their intercultural skills and made friends from all over the world. A ceremony was held at the Federal Foreign Office on Friday, 29 July to pay tribute to the participants and winners of this year’s International German Olympics.

Merkel at the Summer Press Conference in Berlin

Reconciling the imperatives of freedom and security

Chancellor Angela Merkel sees Germany and Europe facing a serious test in the face of terrorism. Everything will be done, she said, to get to the bottom of the barbaric crimes committed over the course of last week. In response to the most recent attacks she presented a nine-point plan for greater security.

Ambassador Ammon welcoming guests

Vernissage of ‘Two Faces’ - a new exhibition at the Ambassador’s Residence

On 26 July, Ambassador Peter Ammon and his wife Marliese hosted the vernissage of a new exhibition at their residence in 34 Belgrave Square. The exhibition is called Two Faces and shows the works of Frances Blane and Darin Ahmad.

Ambassador Peter Ammon speaks to BBC about recent events in Germany

On 26 July, Ambassador Ammon spoke about recent events in Germany on BBC Radio 4's The Today Programme and BBC World Service.

Flowers in front of the Olympia shopping center in Munich

Chancellor Merkel condemns attack in Munich. Security agencies working tirelessly to get to bottom of attacks in Reutlingen and Ansbach.

Chancellor Angela Merkel has condemned the attack in Munich and expressed her sympathy to the victims and their families. Merkel described the attack in Munich which left nine people dead as a "night of terror". Deputy government spokesperson Ulrike Demmer said the government was in mourning with relatives of the Reutlingen and Ansbach attack victims and that State and Federal security authorities were working around the clock to get to the bottom of the attacks.

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Ambassador Peter Ammon

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Dr Peter Ammon is the German Ambassador to the Court of St. James's.

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Germany's OSCE Chairmanship 2016

The logo of the German OSCE Chairmanship in 2016

As of 1 January 2016, Germany assumed the Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Co‑operation in Europe (OSCE). Foreign Minister Steinmeier leads the OSCE as Chairperson-in-Office.

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Promoting German language and the culture of German-speaking countries in the UK.

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Commemorating World War One

Franz Marc, Réconciliation, 1912

From 2014 to 2018, a series of events in Germany and beyond mark the 100th anniversary of World War One. Here you can find a collection of informative websites, speeches and articles by German politicians and international figures.