Deutschlandfunk Kultur

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Deutschlandfunk Kultur
Deutschlandfunk Kultur Logo 2017.svg
Broadcast areaGermany
FrequencyRadio, television, internet
First air date1 January 1994
(as DeutschlandRadio Berlin)
FormatCulture, speech
Sister stationsDeutschlandfunk, Deutschlandfunk Nova, Dokumente und Debatten
The headquarters of Deutschlandfunk Kultur, formerly the RIAS building, in Berlin

Deutschlandfunk Kultur (abbreviated to DLF Kultur or DKultur) is a culture-oriented radio station and part of Deutschlandradio, a set of national radio stations in Germany. The station was first known (from 1 January 1994) as DeutschlandRadio Berlin; on 1 April 2005 this was changed to Deutschlandradio Kultur and the present name was adopted on 1 May 2017.

The station has its studios in the former RIAS building at Hans-Rosenthal-Platz in Schöneberg, Berlin.


Deutschlandfunk Kultur's roots go back to the first Deutschlandsender, set up in 1926. After World War II, Deutschlandsender became the main national radio station of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), with programming aimed at all of Germany. In the 1970s it was merged with the main Berlin station Berliner Welle and renamed Stimme der DDR - "Voice of the GDR". It lasted until February 1990 when it again became Deutschlandsender, and in May 1990 it merged with Radio DDR 2 and was renamed Deutschlandsender Kultur.

In 1994, broadcasting authorities in the reunited Germany decided to reorganise radio services of the former GDR and the Federal Republic of Germany.

Deutschlandfunk in the west (based in Cologne) and RIAS in Berlin were merged with Deutschlandsender to form Deutschlandradio.

In the new structure, Deutschlandfunk became the national information radio station for Germany. Deutschlandsender became "DeutschlandRadio Berlin".

On 7 March 2005, DeutschlandRadio Berlin became Deutschlandradio Kultur.


Deutschlandfunk Kultur is noted for its radio plays and documentaries. The station's programmes also cover arts, culture, and science. Deutschlandfunk Kultur carries no commercial advertising.

Every sunday at 12 p.m. the station broadcasts the sound of the Freedom Bell (in German, Freiheitsglocke) in Berlin combined with the text of the freedom-promise. The bell were given as a gift from Americans to the city of Berlin in 1950 as a symbol of anti-communism, and was inspired by the American Liberty Bell. The tradition of this broadcast is a remnant of the former RIAS.

Transmission technology[edit]

Deutschlandfunk Kultur is transmitted on FM, DAB and DVB-S. The station's longwave broadcasts on 177 kHz from the Oranienburg transmitter ceased on 31 December 2014.[1]

The station's output is livestreamed on the Deutschlandradio website, and individual programmes are available as podcasts.


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Coordinates: 52°28′51″N 13°20′14″E / 52.48083°N 13.33722°E / 52.48083; 13.33722