King Frederick William IV , Stolzenfels Castle
Kingdom of Prussia and German Reich

Prussian Rhineland

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?

Coblenz, Friedrich Wilhelm IV, Heine
Kingdom of Prussia and German Reich

Prussian Rhine Province

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).

March revolution, Berlin, Camphausen, Hansemann
Kingdom of Prussia and German Reich

Revolution 1848

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.

Cog train to Mount Drachenfels, Drachenburg, Cologne Cathedral
Kingdom of Prussia and German Reich

Bismarck Era

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.

Wilhelm II, Rhine alley Königswinter
Kingdom of Prussia and German Reich

Wilhelmine Era

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 […]