Looking out of the window I internalized Ernst Moritz Arndt‘s slogan, “Der Rhein, Teutschlands Strom, aber nicht Teutschlands Grenze.” Arndt wrote, “The Rhine, Germany’s river, but not Germany’s border”, in 1813 when Napoleonic France indeed occupied all territories on the left bank of the Rhine including today’s Belgium and the Netherlands. Here are some photos of Vater Rhein (Father Rhine):
Double railway tracks and roads force their way through the most narrow Rhine valley on both sides of the river.
Initially, nothing else than a miserable toll station located on an island in the river Pfalzgrafenstein castle became a national shrine.
|Wilhelm Camphausen 1859: Blücher and the First Army of Silesia crossing the Rhine|
near to Kaub on January 1st, 1814 (©HOWI/Wikipedia)
|Adolph Menzel 1857: |
Wellington und Blücher nach der Schlacht bei Belle-Alliance
Next stop Assmannshausen. Wikipedia tells us that “the village has a lithium spring, spa, and a Kurhaus, and is famed for its red wine (Assmannshäuser) made from Pinot noir (German: Spätburgunder), which resembles red Burgundy wine.”
|Die Krone in Assmanshausen|
|On the black-and-white photo, my mother sits on the right, |
my father in the middle talking to two of his employees.
A bottle and five glasses are on the table so I must have taken the photo.
Therefore it became a tradition for my family and me that driving along the Rhine on the way to my parents-in-law in Cologne we made a stopover at Die Krone.
|My family in 1987 sitting at the terrasse without glasses.|
|My family inside in 1989, the glasses filled.|
|Me alone at the terrasse on July 21, 2019.|
This year’s first chanterelles served with Serviettenknödel (serviette, napkin, roasted, or Austrian bread dumplings, you translate it).
The inside of the hotel/restaurant is nicely decorated like this festive table. Even the carpet shows the Crown.
Inside of the roof ridge, a half relief commemorates Ferdinand Freiligrath, a somewhat forgotten poet, friend and translator of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and preacher of freedom. In 1844 he became a liberal agitator and finished his political Glaubensbekenntnis (Confession of Faith) at Die Krone. His efforts culminated in the Revolution of 1848.
In the entrance hall you find a copy of a democratic Germania, her shackles broken. The original painting is located at Frankfurt’s Paulskirche (St. Paul’s Church), the meeting place of Germany’s National Assembly in 1848. In her left hand, Germania bears the banner black-red-gold, in her right hand, she holds the sword of defense entwined with an olive branch.
Confer to the seal of the American president with the eagle holding in his sinister talon thirteen arrows symbolizing the defensive strength of the founder states and in his dexter talon an olive branch.
Ups, sorry this is the fake one.