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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Deutsche Eck, Koblenz

Here were the Romans, the Franks, the Normans, the French, the Russians... this is a city with a rich history of more than 2,000 years just an hour away from home.

The Deutsche Eck (German Corner) is the name of a headland in Koblenz where the Mosel joins the Rhine. From this sport which we visited today one can see the beauty of the Rhine and Mosel rivers.

After the formation of the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic in 1949, the country was divided. President Theodor Heuss turned the German Corner into a monument to German unity. As a result, the coats of arms of all German Länder (states), including those of former German territories such as Silesia, East Prussia and Pomerania, were installed. Replacing the destroyed equestrian statue, a German flag waved over the plaza.

After the Berlin Wall came down in October 1989, three concrete parts of the actual wall were installed next to the monument. This is a place of history and beauty!
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