After the Congress of Vienna, the Rhinelanders became Prussian Rhineland citizens, subjects of th Prussian kings and emperors in Berlin. The Prussians on the Rhine? What business did they have here?
Prussian Rhine province 1815-48. Rhine romanticism, railroad lines and quarries. In 1836, the Prussian State buys the Drachenfels to save it. The Rhineland around 1815. At that time, our region was part of the Kingdom of Prussia under Frederick William III (in German Friedrich Wilhelm III., 1797-1840).
Prussian Rhineprovinz. Revolution 1848/49 and the Bonn democrats Carl Schurz and Gottfried Kinkel later become 48ers. Germany, 1848. The news about the February Revolution in France spread quickly. Already in the first days of March, people troughout Germany took the streets, waving black-red-golden flags, demanding unity, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly and the right to form armed militias.
The German Empire thrives. Cologne cathedral is finally completed, Drachenfelsbahn and Drachenburg are built. Among all the Prussian and then German politicians, Otto von Bismarck from Pomerania stands out. He raised Prussia to a position of hegemony among the German-speaking countries. For almost 30 years, he and his Emperor William I decided about Prussia’s and Germany’s fate.
Germany under Kaiser Wilhelm II. makes world politics; in the Siebengebirge the VVS Siebengebirge fights against the quarries. Germany around 1900. For many people, life was good. It was the time of impressionist and expressionist painting, historism and eclecticism in architecture, and, turning away from old styles, art nouveau. In the “Belle Epoque” people enjoyed their lives – at least […]