German newspapers provide all the most interesting happenings throughout Germany and the rest of the world. When you need to keep up-to-date on events, news and the latest in entertainment, reading the top ten newspapers will give you that opportunity.
Equivalent to the Sun in the UK, Bild is the top news and sport newspaper in Germany. Here you will also find celebrity gossip when you like the latest in entertainment news. But you’ll find news of all kinds and it’s easy to see why the Bild is at the top of the list.
The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung is one of the top national German newspapers. It is also known as FAZ, producing six papers each week and a supplementary on Sunday. It is the very top conservative newspaper in the country.
If you are a businessman, you’ll definitely grab the Die Welt (my personal favorite!). This informative paper has focuses on business and finance. You will also discover news on politics, football and cars. The Die Welt is a daily newspaper issued every day.
It doesn’t matter whether you live in the north of Germany or the south, you’ll find a newspaper that will fit your needs. In Berlin, you might grab a copy of the Berliner Abendblatt where you’ll get a lively taste of local news.
In the south, the Süddeutsche Zeitung (South German Newspaper) is read by over a million people daily. This liberal paper also circulates abroad. It has four sections including culture, economy, politics and sports.
Also known as the SZ, the Süddeutsche Zeitung is known for employing the most well known journalists, who have spent years with the paper. One of the most famous investigative journalists works for this newspaper.
One of Berlin’s largest subscription German newspapers, the Berliner Zeitung is a daily that tends center-left. The Berliner Zeitung is the first newspaper in Germany that has come under control of foreign investors.
Although the Berliner Zeitung is the only paper from East Germany that achieved national prominence since the unification, there is also the Berliner Kurier which is a tabloid distributed in Eastern Berlin. However, if you are in Berlin, you’ll have access to many newspapers and find the exact kind of news you want.
For instance, the Berliner Morgenpost is based in Berlin and read mostly within this city. It has grown to be the second most-read paper in Berlin. Literally hundreds of thousands of readers enjoy this newspaper.
Die Zeit is considered a highbrow newspaper. In German, Die Zeit is translated as “the Time” or “the Times.” With its high quality journalism, it is highly respected of all the national weeklies. The readership is estimated at about two million.
Another German newspaper to be familiar with is the B.Z. It is not to be confused with the Berliner Zeitung, although both papers have been referred to as “BZ.” The B.Z. had a special sports edition which was called Sport-B.Z., but this paper was discontinued in 2006.
The history of the newspapers in Germany is an interesting one, with newspapers competing fiercely for readership. It seems the successful papers carry on while others disappear into the mist.
Reading German newspapers is something every resident and visitor should do, in order to become informed and knowledgeable in every way. Germany is a land of activity, and the newspapers are the way to stay in the loop as they keep track of it all. :-)