gigantic angel figures carry wings. The figure on the monument,
the Germania, which stretches itself up has wings, and even
the blowing hair of the Germania looks wing-like. Only the
weight of the 640-hundredweight-lady prevents that the monument
rises in the winds.
In the Niederwald above the city
Ruedesheim on the Rhine the Niederwalddenkmal, often just called "Germania",
also stands even today. Emperor Wilhelm I laid the foundation-stone
to this monument on
the 16th September, 1877. Finally it was initiated on the 28th
Emperor Wilhelm I and all princes of the united
empire had arrived personally to be present at the ceremony. The
place with flowing out rain which sopped all guests hard. Also
the fuse of a bomb became useless with which anarchists wanted
to commit an attempt on the emperor. Thus everything remained unscathed,
the bomb, the emperor with his suite and also the Germania on her
mighty wing armchair. To three assassins it went out there worse:
They were caught; two of them were executed and the third were
condemned to life imprisonment.
For the development of the tourism
of the city Ruedesheim at the beginning of this century the Niederwalddenkmal
has performed absolutely
a big contribution. Still today many people visit the Niederwald
in the vacation times every single day.