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Hamburg's 'peeing walls' inspire San Francisco

ImageTo fight against public urination, San Francisco is trying out a clever idea developed in Hamburg. If you wee on the walls in those cities, don't be surprised if they splash it all back at you.

Classical Music

Behind bars: 'Tristan and Isolde' at Bayreuth Festival

With two lovers and a bitter end, Richard Wagner's "Tristan and Isolde" has intoxicated the world of opera since 1865. The opera opened the Bayreuth Festival on July 25 in a grim new interpretation.


Bayreuth Festival kicks off with hit 'Tristan and Isolde'

The opening of the legendary Bayreuth Festival on Saturday was a success, with the audience hailing the premiere of "Tristan and Isolde." For Chancellor Angela Merkel, however, the evening wasn't without problems.


Richard Wagner's house reopens to the public

The house where composer Richard Wagner once lived - a museum since 1976 - has been restored, renewed and expanded. After three years of work, it opens its doors to visitors on July 26. Here's a sneak preview.


9 myths about Wagner and Bayreuth

Was Richard Wagner a Nazi and is Bayreuth the focal point of German culture? DW music expert Rick Fulker busts these and other myths surrounding the legendary Bayreuth Festival.


Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of Whitney Houston, dies aged 22

Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of the late singer Whitney Houston, has died at the age of 22. The aspiring singer's death came three years after death of her mother, and followed a domestic incident in January.


'Mission: Impossible' premieres in Vienna

Tom Cruise busting motorcycle moves or hanging on to an airplane as it takes off: Fans wouldn't expect anything less from the new "Mission: Impossible" film. The action flick launches in Vienna, where it's set.


German architects tackle global issues

Did you know that part of China's National Library and a St. Petersburg hospital were built by German architects? Architecture firms in Germany are expanding in developing markets by solving modern urban problems.


German DJ Felix Jaehn tops US music charts

German DJ Felix Jaehn has become the first German artist in 26 years to top the Billboard music charts in the United States.


Music made in Germany

Now that Hamburg-born DJ Felix Jaehn has made it to the top charts in the US, it's time to revisit Germany's most successful exports: Rammstein, the Scorpions, Kraftwerk - and even Milli Vanilli.


5 Berlin summer rituals

While many Berliners leave the city for summer vacations, others say the German capital is precisely the place to be when the mercury starts to rise. DW's Jefferson Chase shares five tips for beating the heat in Berlin.


4 books to read this summer

Looking for a great book to pack for the beach? Members of DW's culture department reveal their top picks. Sometimes dark worlds make for delightfully light reads...


Dogs welcome at Berlin museum

A Berlin museum goes through the long history of dogs in art. They're even invited to comment on it themselves.


Singer pur in concert

"Interpretation of the highest inspiration" are the words a music critic found to describe a performance by the a cappella group Singer pur, going on to call them "The Fabulous Six."


Recital with Waltraud Meier

She has the esteemed title of Chamber Singer at two renowned opera companies: the Bavarian State Opera in Munich and the Vienna State Opera. We'll hear Waltraud Meier in a recital of art song by Mahler and Wagner.


Word of the Week: Reissverschlusssystem

One at a time, please! This compound word helps explain how to drive on German roads.