German culture: German Language Newspapers German Language News

"Spitzenzeitungen" with an international influence: German culture: Wuppertal Schwebebahn / Map of Switzerland

"Seriöse Zeitungen" whose influence extends beyond their local area:

  • Rheinischer Merkur  Intellectual weekly, Catholic orientation, from Cologne
  • TAZ die tageszeitung Left wing/alternative daily, headquartered in Berlin
  • Tagesspiegel and Berliner Morgenpost are two middle-of-the-road Berlin daily newspapers, with Tagesspiegel the more solid or middle class of the two.
  • Frankfurter Rundschau   General German daily newspaper;
  • Rheinische Post    From the Ruhr and lower Rhein comes this general daily newspaper; what sets it off from many other such German language newspapers is that it contains a very extensive selection of German and international news in English which is updated Tuesday and Friday evenings at about 10 p.m. (MEZ) / 5p.m. (EST). The English version includes articles from all the intervening days since the last update.
  • Süddeutsche Zeitung   Major establishment left-center newspaper from Munich. This link brings you to a "beschleunigte Seite" with a summary of the news. Click on "Druckausgabe" on the right of that page for access to the main newspaper.
  • Stern Not exactly a weekly news magazine -  perhaps a weekly news magazine for a broader audience than a US news magazine has. No exact US parallel, a combination of Time and People and Entertainment Today.
  • There are two major weekly news magazines from Germany, Spiegel, with an intellectual and negative bent which has an English language section and FOCUS, the more practical and money oriented of the two.
  • Profil is the weekly news magazine from Austria, while Facts plays that role for Switzerland.
  • Austria Presse Agentur (APA) is not a newspaper or news magazine but the Austrian press service, parallel to AP or UPI  in the United States. The news collection covers both foreign and domestic stories.
  • The Wiener-Zeitung is neither a commercial nor an independent newspaper but the official organ of the Austrian state; the original function was somewhat similar to that of the US Federal Register but the format and range has been expanded; at first glance it's slick appearance leads one to believe it is a "normal" newspaper. Particularly helpful for finding current theater, concerts, and other cultural events. There also is an English language version.
  • Handelsblatt is the German financial and business newspaper, while Wirtschaftsblatt and Trend are the Austrian counterparts, both for economic and business news; detailed stock and bond market coverage.
  • Netzeitung.De is not a newspaper or news magazine but an internet news source. There is a personalized-pay section but anyone can access the free sections.

Regional news sources


A Selection of General Newspapers
News in English on the German Speaking Countries
Hamburger Morgenpost Hamburger Abendblatt Austria Today
Frankenpost from Franconia Holsteinischer Kurier
Saarbrücker-Zeitung Stuttgarter-Zeitung and the Stuttgarter Nachrichten German News: English edition the link takes you to the year 2002 where you then choose the month and day of the news report you want.
Salzburger Nachrichten for news and SalzburgerIn Stadtmagzin for entertainment Tiroler Tageszeitung
From Dresden the Sächsische Zeitung The Ostsee Zeitung from Rostock on the Baltic coast Boulevardenzeitungen: Sex! Kriminalität! Sport!
From Austria's westernmost state is the Vorarlberger Nachrichten For Nürnberg is the Nürnberger Nachrichten Bild-Zeitung: THE tabloid
Das Tagblatt from Switzerland with webradio broadcasts ["Kurznachrichten Aktuell"] of the news in Swiss German Express from Cologne
Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung from the Ruhr Westfälische Rundschau from Münsterland and Westphalia News Networld and Krone-Zeitung from Vienna

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