The City of Frankfurt has organised a vast urban festival to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the gathering of Germany's first national congress at St Paul's Church in 1848.
On 18th May 1848, members of the very first pan-German parliament met at St Paul's Church in Frankfurt to deliberate on a democratic constitution as well as the creation of a unified Germany state. Like no other place across all the nation, St Paul's Church stands for the history of Germany's democratic movement. The imperial constitution adopted here by Germany's first national congress on 28th March 1849 laid out the basic rights of the German people while at the same time serving as the basis of the Weimar Constitution of 1919 and the German Basic Law of 1949, which applies for the present-day Federal Republic of Germany. As such, St Paul's Church is, naturally, one of the most important symbols of Germany's democratic traditions as well as one of the country's most significant historical sites, one that illustrates in no uncertain terms how difficult it was for Germany to achieve its democratic rights and privileges. As a national symbol of freedom, St Paul's Church underlines with great emphasis the value of a liberal and democratic fundamental order.
The many highlights of the St Paul's Church Festival
18th May 2023: Official ceremony at St Paul's Church (Invitation only!)
20th May 2023: Römer Open (Open-house event at Römer City Hall)
Special evening orchestration along the River Main