Bad Godesberg (Kölsch: Bad Jodesbersch) is a borough (Stadtbezirk) of Bonn, southern North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. From 1949 to 1999, while Bonn was the capital of West Germany, most foreign embassies were in Bad Godesberg. Some buildings are still used as branch offices or consulates.
|District||Bonn urban district|
|• District mayor||Christoph Jansen (CDU)|
|• Total||31.97 km2 (12.34 sq mi)|
|Elevation||46 m (151 ft)|
|• Density||2,400/km2 (6,200/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
Bad Godesberg is located along the hills and cliffs of the west bank of the Rhine river, in west central Germany. Godesberg is also the name of the steep hill, of volcanic origin, on the top of which are the ruins of the Godesburg, a castle destroyed in 1583 during the Cologne War.
The following events occurred, per year:
- 722 - First official record of the town, which was named after a nearby mountain, the Woudenesberg (later Godesberg), a basalt cone where the Ubii, a Germanic tribe, worshipped the god Wotan.
- 1210 - On 15 October, Archbishop of Cologne Dietrich I lays the foundation stone of the Godesburg fortress on the Godesberg mountain.
- 1583 - On 17 December, the Godesburg was destroyed by Bavarian troops after Archbishop Gebhard Truchsess von Waldburg converted to Protestantism (see Cologne War).
- 1792 - Godesberg becomes a spa resort, with the opening of the Redoute, which later saw receptions of the President of Germany.
- 1925 - Godesberg is allowed to call itself "Bad" Godesberg, identifying it as a spa.
- 1935 - Bad Godesberg attains the status of a town.
- 1938 - Neville Chamberlain meets with Hitler over the Sudetenland crisis at the Rheinhotel Dreesen in Bad Godesberg. Hitler's demands concerning Czechoslovakia expressed in Godesberg Memorandum.
- 1945 - Bad Godesberg was the first major German urban district to be transferred to Allied forces control without a battle.
- 1959 - The Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) decided on a new party program, the Godesberg Program.
- 1969 - Godesberg was incorporated into the city of Bonn. Since that time, it has been referred to as the "posh part of Bonn".
List of twin cities/sister citiesEdit
- Saint-Cloud, France (1957)
- Frascati, Italy (1960)
- Windsor and Maidenhead, England, United Kingdom (1960)
- Kortrijk, Belgium (1964)
Bad Godesberg has friendly relations with:
Culture and AttractionsEdit
- Schauspielhaus Bad Godesberg (Theater Bad Godesberg), the biggest theater of Bonn’s city stages
- Kleines Theater im Park (Small Park Theater), venue for theater, boulevard theater, and musicals with few actors
- Haus an der Redoute (House at the Redoute), previously an electoral theater, is nowadays a facility for changing/rotating art galleries
- Piccolo Puppenspiele (Piccolo’s Puppet Show), puppet theater that also travels
- Small Beethoven hall as the headquarters of the Heimatbühne Muffendorf (Home stage of Muffendorf)
Bad Godesberg in LiteratureEdit
A whole series of literary works take place in Bad Godesberg. The protagonist of Juli Zeh’s novel “Spieltrieb” (Gaming instinct) are students at the school Päda. Occurring locations in the novel are the school and the villa district. Heinrich Böll’s novel “Frauen vor Flußlandschaft” is set in the villa district between Bonn and Bad Godesberg. On October 30 the documentary piece “Zwei Welten” (“Two worlds”) by Ingrid Müller-Münch had its premiere as a chamber play. The author explains that it shows Bad Godesberg in the change of time. It is a city where the worlds of “rich German people” and Migrants collide. Nine actors perform excerpts from a protocol of mostly young inhabitants of Bad Godesberg, that Müller Münch took record of. In the pre-report of the piece, the Frankfurter Rundschau called it a “Bad-Godesberg-Phänomen” (Bad Godesberg phenomenon). According to Müller-Münch, these two worlds were closer in Bad Godesberg than they were anywhere else.
- Rhein in Flammen on the first Saturday of May: Large Firewokrs and a Ship tour from the Linz am Rhein along Erpel, Unkel, Remagen, Rheinbreitbach, Rhine island Nonnenwerth at Rolandswerth/Bad Honnef, Bad Godesberg, Königswinter to the Rheinaue in Bonn
Over the course of each year, there are always many diverse events and festivals that are being organized by the Stadtmarketing Bad Godesberg e.V. (city marketing department of Bad Godesberg). Some of which are flea and antique markets, a French market, a kids’ rally (“Tag der Kleinen Bad Godesberger”/”Day of the small Bad Godesbergers”), a city party, a Christmas Market, and a street food festival. The 23rd German Fire department day took place in Bad Godesberg from June 21 until June 25, 1961. The first CTIF Games took place in Bad Godesberg, since then the International Association of Fire and Rescue Services CTIF organizes the event every four years in different cities.
Several Carnival clubs have devoted themselves to the upkeep of Rhenish traditions, especially the Godesberger Stadtsoldatenkorps (city soldier corps), the Fidelen Burggrafen (merry burgraves) and the AKP (Allgemeine Karnevals Gesellschaft, General Carnival Society). The Coordination Committee of each Carnival Association is the FAGK (Festausschuss Godesberger Karneval, Festival Committee of Godesberger Carnival). In the carnival season, the clubs also organize a variety of meetings, and on the carnival Sunday a lavish parade. All clubs engage in youth work.
- Nicolaus-Cusanus-Gymnasium (NCG)
- Aloisiuskolleg (AKO), partnerschool of the CFG
- Amos-Comenius-Gymnasium Bonn (AMOS/ACG) (DE)
- Clara-Fey-Gymnasium (CFG), partnerschool of the AKO
- Konrad-Adenauer-Gymnasium (KAG) (DE)
- Pädagogium Godesberg - Otto-Kühne-Schule (PÄDA)
- "Bevölkerung in der Bundesstadt Bonn Stichtag 31.12.2020" (PDF). Bundesstadt Bonn Statistikstelle. Retrieved 28 September 2021.
- Stiehl, Eckart (1997). Die Stadt Bonn und ihr Umland: ein geographischer Exkursionsführer. Ferd. Dümmlers Verlag. ISBN 978-3-427-71661-7.
- "Städtepartnerschaften. Städtefreundschaften". bonn.de (in German). Bonn. Retrieved 2021-02-10.
- "Authorities To Close Muslim School in Bonn." Deutsche Welle. 11 November 2003. Retrieved on 24 July 2016.
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