Kapp putsch, Berlin 1920
20th Century

Weimar Republic

This chapter if about the first German republic, named after the city of Weimar where the national assembly met in 1919, to decide about a constitution and to form a new government. However, the young Weimar Republican had to struggle from its start.

Bonn Rhine bridge
20th Century

Nazi Germany

On January 30, 1933, President Hindenburg had finally appointed Hitler Chancellor. Within only a few months, Germany became a totalitarian state, Nazi Germany.

Cologne cathedral, 1945
20th Century

World War II

The reforestation at Ofenkaulberg conceals very painful memories. Forced labor in the Ofenkaulen mines and air raids during World War II. The war raged between 1939 and 1945 and affected the civilians more than any war before.

Chancellor Adenauer's Mercedes, Haus der Geschichte, Bonn
20th Century

Federal Republic

The last chapter deals with the democratic new beginning after the Second World War, the “Bonn years” of the Federal Republic of Germany, and the state guests on Mount Petersberg.

Rhine and Drachenfels, 1921

Siebengebirge – an agitated history

The Siebengebirge area, close to Bonn and Cologne, has an eventful history. Regional history comes in the context of German history. During the last about 2,000 years, people of numerous nationalities have come to the Rhine. Celts, Teutons, Romans, Frenchmen, Prussians, just to mention some of them.