Die Zeit (German pronunciation: [di' 'tsa't], literally "The Time" or "Times") is a German nationwide weekly newspaper, published in Hamburg, that is highly respected for its quality journalism. It is definitely the best German weekly newspaper you can get. With about 490,000 copies and a readership of above 2 million, it is the most widely read German weekly newspaper. DIE ZEIT provides detailed background information on the news you might already have read before in the daily press or caught on radio and television. Also DIE ZEIT covers topics that aren't breaking news anymore.
The general political direction is centrist. Conflicting opinions are printed for most of the main topics so you can draw your own conclusions. I like this much more, than most of the biased articles in left or right wing magazines. The articles are consistently well informed and well researched, the writing style is excellent. Therefore the paper is considered to be highbrow.