Democracy

Frankfurt is celebrating the 175th anniversary of the St Paul’s Church assembly. Come and follow the traces of the groundbreaking democratic movement of 1848/49!

Paulskirche
Paulskirche - © #visitrheinmain, David Vasicek

Situated in the heart of Frankfurt, one finds the historical Römer City Hall, the new old town and a national monument of particular significance – St Paul’s Church. This time-honoured venue represents a milestone in German history. Formerly a place of worship, the location was used in 1848/49 as the meeting place for the first German national assembly, which came together in Frankfurt to draw up a democratic constitution for Germany. The St Paul’s Church Festival, which celebrates the 175th anniversary of this historically significant event, is due to be held in Frankfurt in 2023.

With our specially developed 90-minute guided tour of the city centre, you’ll have the chance to discover a number of locations associated with Germany’s democratic movement of 1848/49, starting with Frankfurt’s new old town. You’ll find the tour route drawn out in our informative brochure, “Frankfurt Information”. 

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Famous Landmarks of the Freedom Movement of 1848/49

Consecrated in 1833, this church served as the meeting place of the first German national assembly in 1848/1849. In 1849, the first German constitution featuring the “basic human rights of the German people” was ratified. This work served as the foundation of the Weimar Constitution of 1919 and the basic laws of the Federal Republic of Germany of 1949. Used today as a special events venue, the site is known as the “cradle of German democracy”.

Located in the New Old Town, this fountain is dedicated to the Frankfurt dialect poet, satirist and liberal thinker, Friedrich Stoltze (1816 – 1891). With his liberally minded magazine, “Frankfurt Lantern”, he actively promoted the ideals behind the Revolution of 1848/1849.

Many infamous criminals were incarcerated at Frankfurt’s former main police station. In 1833, it was the site of an attempted coup, the so-called “Storm of the Frankfurt Guard Station”. This uprising was an attempt at provoking a national revolution by force of arms. Today, the building is a popular café.

The National Assembly was supposed to meet in the Kaisersaal in the Römer in 1848, but due to lack of space it had to be moved to the neighboring Paulskirche. Today, events and receptions take place in the Kaisersaal.

Seat of Germany’s parliament, the “Bundestag”, from 1815 onwards; place of assembly of the 41 states of the German Federation from 1816 until 1866, thus also known as the Federal Palace; the building briefly served as the home of the
provisional government in 1848/1849.

The Freedom Movement of 1848

Theme walk for groups takes participants to some of the most famous sites of the revolution of 1848. Known far and wide as "the cradle of German democracy", St Paul's Church is a symbol of freedom and democracy in Germany. The tour informs on...

Duration:

1 hrs. 30 min.

Languages offered:

  • German
  • English

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Price:

EUR 170.00 per tour guide

St. Paul's Church and the St. Paul's Parliament

One hour walk through the St. Paul's Church St Paul's Church is known as the "cradle of German democracy" and is regarded as the nation's premier symbol of freedom and democracy. Explanations of the buildings' history, reunification memorial,...

Duration:

1 hrs.

Languages offered:

  • German
  • English

show all languages »

Price:

EUR 90.00 per tour guide