Highlights 2019

200th anniversary of the birthday of Prince Albert

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Coburg is celebrating an anniversary in 2019 that is about politics, but mostly about love: it is the 200th anniversary of the birthday of Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert.

The marriage was arranged for political reasons, but the monarch of the British Empire and her cousin from Coburg ended up falling in love regardless. By marriage, Prince Albert became one of the most influential men of the 19th century. More than anything else, Albert stood for a British-German cultural exchange and peaceful relationships. Descendants of Victoria and Albert still live in Coburg. The Callenberg Castle located in the Northwestern corner of the Coburger Land is still privately owned by the family of Saxonia-Coburg and Gotha. The private collection on exhibit at the castle documents the rapid rise of this noble family. At the Rosenau Castle, where Albert was born on August 26, 1819, you also walk in the footsteps of his family.

The major birthday anniversary will be celebrated in style in Coburg: there will be music by British composers at the Landestheater Coburg and two special exhibits. “Typical British – Very German” can be seen at the puppet museum May 20 through September 8, 2019 and “Passionately Loved. Albert, Victoria and the Books” is on display July 18 through October 25, 2019 at the State Library.

www.coburg-tourist.de

100-year anniversary Bamberg Constitution

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A significant Bavarian, historical event is celebrating its 100-year anniversary: the ratification of the “Bamberg Constitution” on August 14, 1919 created to first democratic constitution of the young Republic of Bavaria.

It is noteworthy that the Bavarian State Parliament convened in the Franconian city of Bamberg instead of the state capital of Munich as an exception. The reason for this move was the violence and chaos of the preceding months: Bavaria’s first Prime Minister Kurt Eisner was assassinated, the Bavarian Soviet Republic was crushed during bloody skirmishes, and there had been shootings at the state parliament. Consequently, the government and its representatives temporarily moved to Franconia.

A festival at the end of July 2019 commemorates the chaotic months a century prior. Also planned are events, lectures and guided tours to celebrate the anniversary of the new state constitution. The Bamberg City Archive offers an exhibit showcasing the time when Bamberg was the government seat of Bavaria.

www.bamberg.info

Picturesque – Rothenburg ob der Tauber as a Landscape Garden

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Rothenburg ob der Tauber presents itself as a walkable painting during its theme years of 2019 through 2021.

Numerous exhibits explore artists and architects of the English and German “Garden City Movement” who, at the beginning of the 20th century as part of the “Picturesque Moderne” movement, were inspired by the city. The dreamy Rothenburg cityscape also invites regular visitors to explore their own artistic leanings. Painting classes are offered at various sightseeing locations. Last but not least, guided tours and picnics are another way to explore the Picturesque the city has to offer.

www.rothenburg-tourismus.de

50th anniversary Altmühl River Valley Nature Park

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At the Altmühl River Valley Nature Park, you can get a glimpse of what life on earth looked like 140 million years ago.

The park is located in an area where during the Jurassic period waves broke on the shores of a shallow sea. It was a sub-tropical climate and Archaeopterix, the predecessor of modern birds, ruled the sky. Archaeopterix and his contemporaries – predatory, fish, and other flying dinosaurs, ammonites and small crocodiles – are still present today: their fossils have been discovered in rock quarries throughout the Altmühl River Valley. The distinct rock formations that rise from the valley floor of the Altmühl River, are also witnesses of that time on earth. They are travel companions to hikers, bicyclists and paddlers recreating on the Altmühl Bicycle Trail, the Altmühl Panorama Trail and the river. Other fixtures along the way are airy beech forests and steep hillsides with species diverse juniper heaths.

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Altmühl River Valley Nature Park. The main anniversary celebration takes place on July 14, 2019 at the Nature Park Information Center in Eichstätt. But, throughout the year, there will also be a variety of tours led by trained nature park guides.

www.naturpark-altmuehltal.de

Garden Show in Wassertrüdingen

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The town of Wassertrüdingen is all about a wonderful display of “tamed nature.”

Located along the Route Romantic Franconia, the town hosts the “Garden Show in Wassertrüdingen” from May 24 to September 8, 2019. Under the motto “Local Treasures” the garden show highlights the town’s historical buildings, the well-stocked Wörmitz River and the traditional crab orchards surrounding town. Garden show visitors stroll past flower beds and the large stage for concerts and other big events on the South end to the old town center. A string of gardens along the old city wall takes them to the North of town. At the Klingenweiher Park, a board walk into the water ends at a “pond lily.” The highlight of the entire event is the great summer festival on June 29, 2019.

www.wassertruedingen2019.de

250th anniversary of the birthday of Alexander von Humboldt

The Alexander von Humboldt House (Bad Steben)

Humboldt was a universally trained scholar, explorer and scientific frontrunner. His research trips took him to Latin America, the USA and Central Asia.

Before he embarked on all of that, he was instrumental in revitalizing the mining industry in the Fichtelgebirge. In 1792, Humboldt became the “Mountain Assessor” of the Franconian Region that had just recently fallen into the hands of Prussia. The young state officer traveled tirelessly from mine to mine and town to town – and so you find evidence of his presence all over the Fichtelgebirge Mountains. Personally, Humboldt was fascinated by the geologic peculiarities of the area. Even though the mining production was declining, there still were gold, silver, copper, tin, marble and iron mining operations at the time. The young expert saw opportunities for improvements and innovation everywhere and made sure they were put in place. He was also instrumental in the establishment of a mining school in Arzberg and he advocated for better working conditions for the miners. Visitors to the defunct mine in Goldkronach can experience what it was that fascinated the young Humboldt as they enter the mine or while walking the Humboldt Trail.

www.fichtelgebirge.bayern

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There is yet another commemoration in the Fichtelgebirge in 2019: in 1919, Walter Gropius founded the Bauhaus movement and with it an artistic style that married functionality with design. The actual start to the movement took place in Weimar and spread from there. The “Porzellanikon” in the town of Selb offers a special exhibit “All About Form” showcasing how the Bauhaus movement influenced the world of porcelain manufacturing.

www.porzellanikon.org