25 German Fonts For an Old or Gothic Style

There are a lot of different things to think about when it comes to choosing German fonts, but the most important is what will ultimately make your document as well as how easy to read it will be. As a matter of fact, if you really do not want to take your time in deciding on which ones to use, then the best thing to do is to look up the Internet and see what other people are saying. You can also check out forums on the web because there are usually a bunch of people who talk about fonts and who have been successful with them. So, if you are interested in German fonts, then you just have to try different styles until you find one that you think is the right one for you.

German fonts

When you start to choose from the different German fonts, then you will be able to make sure that you will have something that will work well with the content of your document. Of course, not all fonts are suitable to be used for this kind of project, but you should try to use a font that is not only aesthetically pleasing, but that will also make the text more readable for you. If you are having problems with the design or even the reading part of your document, then it is time that you just try something else.

One of the best things about German fonts is that they are available in a number of different versions and formats. The most common ones are the ones that come with the free download, but there are also some that are paid-download. If you are looking for something that is both aesthetically pleasing and easy to read, then the latter will be the ideal option for you. You can also look for different websites that are selling fonts and other products that you will be interested in buying. Just make sure that you choose one that has something that suits you the most, so that you will be able to read your document properly.

25 German Fonts

1. 1543 German Deluxe

1543 German Deluxe font

This family was inspired by the sets of fonts used in 1543 by Michael Isengrin, printer in Basel (Germany) to print the splendid New Kreüterbuch…(New herbal…), with numerous nice pictures, the masterpiece of Leonhart Fuchs, father of the modern botany.

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2.  High German

High German font

Based on examples of common medieval Gothic typefaces, High German has lots of character, giving an immediate impression of the densely packed pages of the ‘traditional’ backward looking printers of the day.

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3. Plain Germanica

plain germanica font

This classic styled free german font can be used to give off an old European theme.

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4. Getman

getman font

Getman is a light Gothic typeface. It made all the rules and traditions of classic Gothic typeface, but it has lightweight shapes, making it easy to read and understood. Getman is based on the works of type masters 1910s. This font has all 104 European alphabets, all Slavic alphabets, OpenType features (ligatures, oldstyle numerals, fistorical forms, localized forms, fractions, ordinals and others). Getman has an historic beauty of the medieval Germanic national script.

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5. Elder Futhark

Elder Futhark font

Elder Futhark typeface is a unique font based on the oldest form of the runic alphabets. It was a writing system used by Germanic tribes. Runic inscriptions are found on artifacts, including jewelry, amulets, tools, weapons, and, of course, runestones, from the 2nd to the 8th centuries. This typeface is perfect for logos, monograms, titles, and posters. The typeface acts as a translator and can add a lot of character to a project.

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6. Kurrent Kupferstich Thin

The Kurrent Kupferstich Thin has an exotic and archaic style of German handwriting.

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7. Hoyts German Cologne

This font was inspired by lettering found on old tradecards from the 19th century.

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8. Kursivschrift

Kursivschrift font

A modern twist on this german font.

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9. Vtg Stencil Germany No1

Vtg Stencil Germany No1 font

The Vtg Stencil series of fonts from astype are based on real world stencils. The Germany No.1 design was derived from authentic antique German stencil-plates

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10. Vtg Stencil Germany No101

Vtg Stencil Germany No101 font

The Vtg Stencil font series by astype is based on real world stencils.

Vtg Stencil Germany No. 101 is modeled after historic stencil plates from Bavaria.

The design is a blackletter chancery, a romantic reprise of a style that was common in German writing offices from the 14th to the 16th century. The flourishes stylistically quote the Baroque period. A talented mind, perhaps around 1890, has transformed the textura shapes into a modular stencil system. Many elements are repeated throughout the glyph set – see for example the initial swashes on the letters A, B, U etc.

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11. Hellen

The Hellen is an elegant classic serif font based on the Koch Antiqua typeface, created in 1922 by the German designer Rudolf Koch. It’s a delicate typeface with a low x-height, designed for decorative and display use.

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12. Nootdorp

Nootdorp font

The Nootdorp is a modern and powerful sans typeface. It name was inspired by a place in Germany.

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13. Allerlei Zierat 3

The Allerlei Zierat 3 is an ornaments font from the rare, valuable and amazing Allerlei Zierat book from Schelter & Gieseck (1902). A research and free interpretation by Intellecta Design.This encyclopedic specimen book of the Leipzig, Germany type foundry and printing supply house J.G. Schelter & Giesecke features, as the title indicates, all kinds of decoration for supplying printing of every type.

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14. 1534 Fraktur

1534 Fraktur font

This family was created inspired from the early Fraktur style font used circa 1530 by Jacob Otther, printer in Strasbourg (Alsace-France)for German langage printed books. Although it is an early Fraktur pattern, it is easy to see the characteristic differences with the Schwabacher style (look at our “1538 Schwabacher”),like in the small d,o or y… and the capitals (look at the H, K, T…)

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15. 1538 Schwabacher

1538 Schwabacher font

This 1538 Schwabacher was designed inspired from this who was used by Georg Rhan in Wittemberg (Germany) to print “Des Babsts Hercules […]”, a German pamphlet against roman catholicism written by Johannes Kymeus.The original font have a relatively complete set of characters including “long s”, naturelly but also the special german types like k, ß or Š,š, Ÿ…. A few lacks were remedy, and accented letters were added.
It is used as variously as for web-site, posters and fliers design, editing ancien texts or greeting cards as a very decorative font.

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16. Germania

Germania font

Germania is a Sans font based on classic roman proportions and forms based on my Imperia font. But I added that distinct, rigid, no-nonsense German touch. This monoline font with its classic proportions and personality is good for lots of occasions

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17. 1883 Fraktur

This family was created inspired from the set of fonts used in the end of 1800’s by the famous J. H. Geiger, printer in Lahr (Germany), especially these used to print an almanac for the year 1883. It is a Fraktur pattern, with two styles, as a few others incomplete fonts also used for this work were Blackletters from other patterns. Both were used in two size, for titles, subtitles, main text and notes.

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18. 1880 Kurrentschrift

1880 Kurrentschrift font

This font was inspired by the old form of the so called “Kurrentschrift” German handwriting, based on late medieval cursive. It is also known as “Alte Deutsche schrift” (“Old German script”).

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19. 1805 Jaek Map

1805 Jaek Map font

This font is mainly inspired from the engraved characters of a German Map depicting Germany’s roads and parts of surrounding lands, edited in Berlin probably in the end of 1700’s. The engraver was Carl J¾ck or Jaek (1763-1808). The Map was baught by the French napoleonic general Louis Pierre Delosme (1768-1828)probably during the Napoleonic campaign against Germany, circa 1805 or at least 1806, his sole staying in Germany.

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20. 1648 Chancellerie

1648 Chancellerie font

This font was created inspired from the hand written 1648 Munster peace treatise signed by French King Louis XIVst and German emperor Ferdinand IInd. It is a Cancellaresca font style, meticulously written and almost legible. It is containing Western (including Celtic) and Northern European, Icelandic, Baltic, Eastern, Central European and Turkish diacritics. The numerous alternates and ligatures made the font looking like a real various hand.

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21. Königreich

Königreich font

Königreich is a classic and magical feeling blackletter font, reminiscent of Germanic character styles. It also comes with 20 vintage ornaments to add more aesthetic appeal to your designs.

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22. 1592 GLC Garamond Family

This family was created inspired from the pure Garamond pattern set of fonts used by Egenolff and Berner, German printers in Frankfurt,by the end of sixteen century.

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23. 1525 Durer Initials

1525 Durer Initials font

In 1525, Albrecht Durer, the well known German great artist, was publishing the so called “Underweysung der Messung mit dem Zirckel und Richtscheyt”, printed in Nuremberg. This handbook explain with numeral figures how to drawn with compasses and ruler. A large part is devoted to the drawning of Roman characters, who can be used as decorative initials.

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24. Germania One

Germania One font

This free German font can be used in poster covers, video game related work and many more projects.

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25. LL Claus

LL Claus font

LL Claus is a handwritten typeface, drawn off of the German engineer Claus who was supervising and improving aircraft assemblies.

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