Democracy Way in Germany

14 July 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  11 minutes

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.   read more…

New Gallery in Kassel

19 May 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Museums, Exhibitions Reading Time:  12 minutes

© Gerd Fahrenhorst/cc-by-3.0

© Gerd Fahrenhorst/cc-by-3.0

The Neue Galerie (New Gallery) is an art museum in Kassel in the state of Hesse, in Germany. The building was constructed between 1871 and 1877 as a museum for works of the Old Masters. The building was damaged and burned out on 22 October 1943 in a devastating air raid carried out on the orders of Winston Churchill. The 60 most important works were brought to Vienna, and were returned in 1956. The building and large parts of the collection were lost. The museum was reopened with its present name in 1976, and a large renovation was completed in 2011.   read more…

Jewish Museum Frankfurt and Museum Judengasse

20 March 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Museums, Exhibitions Reading Time:  4 minutes

Frankfurter Judengasse in 1868

Frankfurter Judengasse in 1868

The Jewish Museum Frankfurt am Main is the oldest independent Jewish Museum in Germany. It was opened by Federal Chancellor Helmut Kohl on 9 November 1988, the 50th anniversary of Kristallnacht.   read more…

Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof

15 February 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Hotels Reading Time:  4 minutes

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© Epizentrum/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Frankfurter Hof is a hotel in Frankfurt am Main. It was built between 1872 and 1876 on the grounds of the former Weißer Hirsch by Karl Jonas Mylius and Alfred Friedrich Bluntschli and was one of the first addresses of Frankfurt’s gastronomy. First director was J. Fauchère-Shimon. The Frankfurter Hof is the flagship of the Deutsche Hospitality.   read more…

Theme Week Frankfurt – German Architecture Museum

5 July 2017 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, General, Museums, Exhibitions Reading Time:  7 minutes

© dam-online.de

© dam-online.de

The German Architecture Museum (Deutsches Architekturmuseum) (DAM) is located on the Museumsufer in Frankfurt. Housed in an 18th-century building, the interior has been re-designed by Oswald Mathias Ungers in 1984 as a set of “elemental Platonic buildings within elemental Platonic buildings”. It houses a permanent exhibition entitled “From Ancient Huts to Skyscrapers” which displays the history of architectural development in Germany. The museum organises several temporary exhibitions every year, as well as conferences, symposia and lectures. It has a collection of ca. 180,000 architectural drawings and 600 models, including works by modern and contemporary classics like Erich Mendelsohn, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Archigram and Frank Gehry. It also includes a reference library with approximately 25,000 books and magazines.   read more…

Theme Week Frankfurt – The Squaire

1 November 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, House of the Month Reading Time:  8 minutes

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© Bahnfrend/cc-by-sa-4.0

The Squaire is an office building in Frankfurt. It was built between 2006 and 2011 on top of an existing train station (Frankfurt Airport long-distance station) near Frankfurt Airport. The building is 660 m long, 65 m wide, 45 m high, and has nine floors. With a total floor area of 140,000 m2 (1,506,900 sq ft) it is the largest office building in Germany. Its dimensions and design make it a groundscraper. The Squaire is directly connected to Terminal 1 of Frankfurt Airport through a pedestrian connecting corridor.   read more…

Eschwege in the Werra Valley

15 July 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  5 minutes

Eschwege © Varus111

Eschwege © Varus111

Eschwege, the district seat of the Werra-Meißner-Kreis, is a town in northeastern Hesse. At the time of founding, Eschwege was known as Eskiniwach, meaning “Settlement near the ash trees at the water”. Older people living in town and nearby also say Eschewei or Ischewei. These names may stem from High German and come from Eschwege’s original Germanic name.   read more…

Theme Week Frankfurt – The Museumsufer

25 April 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Museums, Exhibitions Reading Time:  6 minutes

Staedel © Simsalabimbam/cc-by-2.5

Staedel © Simsalabimbam/cc-by-2.5

The embankment to the south of the Main River in Frankfurt, Germany, is called Museumsufer or Museum Embankment because of the large concentration of museums there. Perhaps the leading one is the Städel art gallery.   read more…

Skyper in Frankfurt

1 April 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, House of the Month Reading Time:  5 minutes

© Mylius/by-nc-nd-3.0

© Mylius/by-nc-nd-3.0

Skyper is a building complex in the Bahnhofsviertel district of Frankfurt. The tallest of the three buildings is a 38-storey, 154 m (505 ft) skyscraper. Its quadrant-shaped silhouette is a distinctive part of the Frankfurt cityscape.   read more…

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