Rittersturz is a well-known vantage point for hikers in the Koblenz city
forest, not far from Königsbach and the main railway station. As early as 1892,
a Swiss cottage with restaurant was built there, which in 1925 gave way to what
was then the most modern hotel in Koblenz. On 02 June 1928 a funicular railway,
the Rittersturzbahn, was opened, connecting the hotel with the tram stop in the
valley. The hotel survived the war undamaged, so that it was confiscated by the
American and French military as a provisional seat of government.
On July 8,
1948, the presidents of the ministers and presidents of the West German states
met officially for two days under the leadership of Prime Minister Dr. Peter
Altmeier to take an official position on the decision of the Western Allies to
form a German state from the three occupation zones of the USA, Great Britain
and France. In the conference hotel on the Rittersturz it was decided to accept
the foundation of a state without the Soviet zone, but to form a parliamentary
council, which elaborates a basic law, since a constitution without integration
of the uninvolved parts of the country would hinder a possible reunification.
this highlight of democracy took place here, the hotel was demolished in 1974
to the regret of many Koblenz citizens after a long period of decline. The
mountain railway was already closed on 25 October 1959. Since 08.July 1978 a
basalt stele by Rudi Scheuermann reminds of the historical event. In the year
2008 the area including car parking was renewed and offers both a view and
starting point for footpaths in the Koblenzer city forest and for supraregional
footpaths such as the RheinBurgenWeg.