The 76-year-old filmmaker is considered a pioneer in the global cinema industry. He has films such as "Heart of Glass", "Even Dwarfs Started Small", "Aguirre, the Wrath of God" and "Rescue Dawn" to his credits.
Herzog will be feted at the the 32nd European Film Awards on December 7 in Berlin, the organisers said in a statement. He is being recognised for his "outstanding body of work".
Herzog recently released two documentaries -- "Meeting Gorbachev", on the former Soviet leader and "Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin".
His latest feature film, "Family Romance, LLC" is set to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday.
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