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Wunderbar Together

From October 2018 until the end of 2019, Germany and its deep ties to the U.S. will be on display all across the United States. The campaign Wunderbar Together (“Deutschlandjahr USA”/The Year of German-American Friendship) will travel across the entire U.S., bringing with it a collection of events and exhibits revolving around business and industry, politics, education, culture, and science, to highlight the unique importance of transatlantic relations.

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Projects of the Goethe-Institut

The Goethe-Institut will contribute to Wunderbar Together with a variety of multifaceted projects.

The Big Pond – A US-German Listening Series .

The Big Pond

In the podcast series “The Big Pond,” radio journalists from the US and Germany tell stories on a wide variety of topics – such as music, sports, history, religion, language, or society.

Bauhaus & The US

100 Years of Bauhaus

The Goethe-Institut is celebrating 100 years of Bauhaus. In this online collection, you’ll find a timeline of Bauhaus history in the US, articles on Bauhaus members who immigrated to North America, and more.

Mit Deutsch weißt du mehr! © Goethe-Institut / Kids Interactive

Digital Kinderuniversity

The digital kinderuniversity is a brand new, completely free, and entirely online-based program. Students will learn German while watching fun videos about science experiments. Enjoy!

Girl with magnifying glass Fotocredit: Getty Images/Paul Bradbury


The WanderbUS is touring the US! The WanderbUS is visiting 60 schools and universities across the US – and they're bringing games, virtual reality headsets, information on German language and culture, and much more with them!


Transatlantic Outreach Program

TOP provides social studies and STEM educators throughout North America with classroom resources, study tours, and up-to-date information about contemporary Germany.

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Wiesn in a Box

Oktoberfest in your own neighborhood! Three mobile beer gardens toured the States for a year, celebrating Bavarian beer, pretzels, and transatlantic friendship.

Wunderbar. A celebration of German film © Kanopy

Celebrating German Film

For one year, we celebrated German film by offering a collection of 48 streamable German movies for free in the US – including a wide range of genres and time periods, a colorful portrait of German film.

Slogan of the Sustainability Summit: Water, Energy, Climate, Consumption © Goethe-Institut

Sustainability Summit

How do we want to live 20 years from now? At the Sustainability Summit 2019 in Chicago, experts discussed sustainability and its connection to German as a foreign language and STEM.

Books First Cover © Goethe-Institut

Books first

Within the scope of Wunderbar Together, the Goethe-Institut brought German-language literature and authors to the US. Publishers were encouraged to apply for translation grants to make their favorite German books accessible to English speakers.

Bundesliga Total © Goethe Institut

Totally Bundesliga

In this exciting contest, students can put their knowledge about soccer in Germany to the test. The grand prize is a trip to a Bundesliga match in Germany!

Germany Land of Inventors © Xavier Gallego Morel: fotolia.com

Land of Inventors Germany

Cars, televisions, computers – German inventions have changed the world we live in. The “Land of Inventors Germany” exhibition is traveling across the US, showcasing inventions that have improved our daily lives – and continue to do so. Admission is free.

Berlin Step Into German

Award of Excellence

Every year, students compete for a grand prize by watching a video on a new aspect of German life and taking a quiz. A fantastic, three-week journey awaits our lucky winners: an all-expenses-paid, chaperoned trip to Germany!

Goethe Pop Up

The Goethe-Institut ran four Pop Ups in Houston, Kansas City, Minneapolis, and Seattle during the “Year of German-American Friendship”. Examples of Goethe-Institut's projects and work were demonstrated at these locations. The purpose of these Pop Ups was to unite cultural forces and local civil society and organize events. In 2020, the three Pop Ups in Houston, Kansas City, and Seattle will remain active and continue to offer exciting cultural programming.

Goethe Pop Up Houston © iStock

Goethe Pop Up Houston

The Pop Up in Houston coordinates and supports a variety of cultural events in Houston – with the aim of expanding and deepening the cultural ties between Germany and the USA.

Goethe Pop Up Kansas City

Goethe Pop Up Kansas City

The Pop Up in Kansas City organizes events on German culture and language: film screenings, art exhibitions, concerts, performances, readings, a language club, and teacher trainings.

Goethe Pop Up Seattle

Goethe Pop up Seattle

The Pop Up in Seattle stages a variety of events – such as art exhibits, film screenings, lectures, and panel discussions revolving around culture, education, and business. 

Aims and Partners

Wunderbar Together: The Year of German-American Friendship 2018/19 (“Deutschlandjahr USA”) is an initiative funded by the German Federal Foreign Office, implemented by the Goethe-Institut, and supported by the Federation of German Industries (BDI) with the goal of presenting today’s Germany to people across the entire U.S.

Wunderbar Together will showcase how closely the two countries are linked by heritage, common values, and shared interests, illustrating how a brighter future is possible if we tackle global challenges together through focusing on dialogue, exchange, and cooperation between people.

The campaign aims to convey a multifaceted, modern image of Germany in the U.S. All areas relevant to society – from business and industry, politics, education, culture, science, civil society, to sports – will be explored. Significant visibility will be achieved by consolidating activities and stakeholders, as well as through public, high-profile formats and targeted media efforts.

Germany and the U.S. are connected through a centuries-long common history. German immigrants have helped shape the development of the United States, while the successful development of post-war Germany is inextricably linked to US engagement. Wunderbar together, the Deutschlandjahr USA 2018/19, builds on this success story and aims to intensify the transatlantic dialogue.


If you have any further questions, the Deutschlandjahr team is happy to offer support.

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