Democracy Way in Germany

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Frankfurter Nationalversammlung im Juni 1848 von Ludwig von Elliott

Frankfurter Nationalversammlung im Juni 1848 von Ludwig von Elliott

The Democracy Way has been a reminder of the political awakening towards democracy in the region in 1848 (German Revolution) since 7 September 2007 as a holiday and at the same time as a cultural route in southwest Germany, modeled on other tourist routes such as the Castle Road or Upper Swabian Baroque Route. It is approx. 280 km long between Freiburg im Breisgau (South Baden) and Frankfurt am Main (Hesse). The subject of “democracy in Germany” is discussed in school lessons, but very few can look back on relatives in their own families who were involved in the efforts at that time. When visiting the places along the Democracy Way, identification opportunities are offered that show that democracy is made by people and does not fall from the sky. There are many monuments on it that remind of individual participants. However, some are more or less anonymous communal graves of the “insurgents” who were shot at the time. The word “Prussia”, on the other hand, still smacks of the intervention troops (federal troops) of that time in Baden. So far there are a total of 63 stations on this history route. Through a better museum didactic, connections should be made comprehensible. The aim is to show what democracy meant in 19th century Germany.

From Frankfurt via Mainz and Mannheim to Lörrach, the visitor can travel in the footsteps of the freedom movement – from the French Revolution to the Vormärz to the present day – in the south-west of Germany and on the basis of buildings, museums, squares and other places of remembrance, get to know places, people and the common free-democratic traditions of a region. In general, the bourgeois revolution in German history (German Confederation) often appears as a national liberation struggle against the many monarchies – but it is always linked to the democratic movements of neighboring countries such as Switzerland and Austria and, first and foremost, in France with the February Revolution. This also repeatedly reminds people that German democracy is a (difficult) part of the history of Europe and cannot be viewed in isolation as a national struggle. Conversely, today’s Europe would be inconceivable without the personal commitment of many people in the 19th century – especially with the initially failed revolution of 1848/49.

Hambacher Schloss © BlueBreezeWiki/cc-by-sa-3.0 Erinnerungsstätte für die Freiheitsbewegungen in der deutschen Geschichte in Rastatt © Ziko van Dijk/cc-by-sa-4.0 Die Germania von Philipp Veit Frankfurter Paulskirche © Simsalabimbam/cc-by-sa-4.0 Frankfurter Nationalversammlung im Juni 1848 von Ludwig von Elliott Historisches Kaufhaus am Münsterplatz in Freiburg © Jörgens.mi/cc-by-sa-3.0
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Erinnerungsstätte für die Freiheitsbewegungen in der deutschen Geschichte in Rastatt © Ziko van Dijk/cc-by-sa-4.0
Involved in the creation of the Democracy Way are the Memorial site for freedom movements in German history Rastatt, the Hambach Castle Foundation and the eleven cities of Bruchsal, Frankfurt am Main, Freiburg im Breisgau, Heidelberg, Karlsruhe, Mainz, Mannheim, Landau, Lörrach, Neustadt an der Weinstrasse and Offenburg, as well as the two state centers for political education in Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate.

From north to south, the route, which runs mainly through the Upper Rhine Plain, follows federal highways 9, B 38 and B 36. The region is also served by a dense network of cycle paths and public transporttransport. The newly built Rhine Valley railway line was decisive for the war. Detours to the Oden, Black Forest and Alsace are also worthwhile in some places from a historical point of view.

Read more on Wikipedia Democracy Way (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State - Weather report by weather.com - Global Passport Power Rank - Travel Risk Map - Democracy Index - GDP according to IMF, UN, and World Bank - Global Competitiveness Report - Corruption Perceptions Index - Press Freedom Index - World Justice Project - Rule of Law Index - UN Human Development Index - Global Peace Index - Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index). Photos by Wikimedia Commons. If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.


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