Prussian President building at Koblenz

Again back to neighbor Germany and one of our road warrior vacation rides. Actually I have to admit, Koblenz was not planned at all. We were in the Saar by Trier and very much enjoyed the area. However, one day we were thinking where to go next and looking at the map and reading about it in my previous life in travel forums decided to pay a visit. It was a pleasant surprise and we like; several posts on Koblenz in my blog now.

However, as by now routine by just get the general ideas on a post and looking back realise many were not told in details as they should; therefore, this is my offering of the Prussian President building in Koblenz; old history that is worth learn for the future.

Koblenz

We arrive by car from Trier on the 602 ,then 1, B48 and finally the 9 roads or about 3 hrs. We entered the city and park at the Schaengel Center underground, nice and all around you to walk . The parking is here in German: Schaengel Center parking Koblenz

First, a bit of historical perspective I like on all my travels

The Rhine Province also known as Rhenish Prussia or synonymous with the Rhineland was the westernmost province of the Kingdom of Prussia and the Free State of Prussia, within the German Reich, from 1822 to 1946. Its capital was Koblenz . In 1946, the Rhine Province was divided up between the newly founded states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate.

The Rhine Province was bounded on the north by the Netherlands, on the east by the Prussian provinces of Westphalia and Hesse-Nassau, and the grand duchy of Hesse-Darmstadt, on the southeast by the Palatinate (a district of the Kingdom of Bavaria), on the south and southwest by Lorraine (France), and on the west by Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands.   The characteristic mélange of the Rhineland’s cheerfulness, French lifestyle and Prussian virtue gives the city its distinctive flair that inspires visitors again and again.

And we saw the former Prussian President building along the Rhine river. Built in the neo-romantic style from 1902 to 1906, the building was the seat of the former Prussian government for the Rhine province region and the main control office located in Koblenz.

Kaiser Wilhelm II personally made changes to the plans for the towers and roofs in order to make a connection to the Staufer period. The result was a 158-meters long Wilhelmine neo-romantic style complex with two internal courtyards with side wings, which even today characterises the image of the Rhine front.  The city was granted to Prussia by the Congress of Vienna in 1815. King Frederic William III immediately rebuilt the city’s fortifications and the citadel of Ehrenbreitstein, making of Koblenz one of the most fortified military stronghold in Europe. In 1822, Koblenz was made the capital of the Prussian Rhine province.

Today, the former Prussian government building is home to the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw). The Koblenz High Regional Court has been housed in the southern part since 1993.

Koblenz

Its a wonderful sight if you like me looks for architectural lines and historical monuments everywhere I visit rather than just a picture. A couple webpages to help you plan your trip here and its worth it are

The tourist office of Koblenz on the Prussian building in English: Tourist office of Koblenz on the Former Prussian President building

The tourist office of Germany on things to see in Koblenz in English: Tourist office of Germany on Koblenz

And there you go a nice ride up to Koblenz and a nice surprise for all of us. Definitively a place to come back to. Hope you enjoy the ride to the Former Prussian President building.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!

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