This cultural-historical course outlines the main movements in the cultural development of the German-speaking area and places them in their historical context. Conceptually, the course will be founded upon the 'Erinnerungsorte' (François/Schulze) of German cultural history. They constitute the building blocks for an adequate understanding of German culture to enhance literary, linguistic and translation-related competences. The primary focus is on the modern and contemporary eras (19th and 20th centuries). The course discusses such aspects as politics, religion, visual arts, music, architecture, science and philosophy. In addition, it considers the Landeskunde of Germany, Austria and Switzerland in a more narrow sense (geography, political structures, social life etc).