Since antique times Asia was in an European field of vision. Medieval travel reports contributed to this familiarity. Nevertheless, in the Early Modern Age Asia attracted European interest in the course of European expansion once more. The current master thesis deals with the perception of Asia in German-speaking areas in the second half of the 17th century. The central question that motivates this paper is, which theme complexes and originals were adopted to the widespread „Schreibkalender“, which were accessible to a broader audience. Primary sources were German-speaking „Schreibkalender“ in the timespan from 1668 to 1681, with texts about Asia. Based on the topics, given in the titles of the calendars „Landschaften“, „Sitten“, „Trachten“, „Götzendienst“ and „Grausamkeiten“ including an additional category named „Politics and (contemporary) history“ the texts were categorized, and the structure of the master thesis was developed.This paper leads to the conclusion that the texts in the calendars considered were on the one hand adopted from antique authorities and on the other hand derived from contemporary travel literature. Traditional knowledge was combined with insight recently gained. The geographical focus of the texts is on the Mughal empire, Persia and the western coast of India. Topics were centered on daily life like climate, agriculture, trade and religious customs. Unknown facts like widow burning were extracted from their religious context and brought out as curiosities. Even if those calendars caused misunderstandings due to the comparison to the European culture, generally generated a more differentiated image of the Asian culture, thus being a forerunner for scholarly studies in the age of enlightenment. Those texts had an identity generating effect, the reader would have to differentiate between his lifeworld and culture and the unknown.