NORDRHEIN-WESTFALEN 2

Nordrhein-Westfalen has a lot of places that are interesting to visit. Hitler has been all around the state. On this page you’ll find the famous Rheinhotel Dreesen, the Nordpark in Düsseldorf and the Gürzenich in Köln, together with a lot of other Hitler related locations.

Go to Nordrhein-Westfalen 2 for the Felsennest and Ordensburg Vogelsang.    

1. Aachen 1a. Aachen, Hauptbahnhof

2. Augustdorf 3. Rheinhotel Dreesen

4. Kurtenberg 5. Krahforst 6. Merzbach

7. Rheinbach 8. Meckenheim 9. Merl 10. Villip

11. Pech 12. Hotel Petersberg 13. Kurhaus Bad Salzulfen 14. Bad Schlangen 15. Barntrup

16. Ausstellungshalle Bielefeld

17. Blomberg 18. Evangelische Vereinshaus Bochum 19. Panzergrotte Bochum

20. TuS stadion Bochum

20a. Jahrhunderthalle, Bochum 21. Beethoven-halle Bonn 22. Bösingfeld 23. Kronenplatz Detmold 24. Speech Detmold

25. Westfalenhalle Dortmund

26. SA parade Dortmund

27. Wedauer Stadion Duisburg 28. Parkhotel Düsseldorf  29. Heinrich Hoffmann Store Düsseldorf 30. Nordpark Düsseldorf

31. Nordfriedhof Düsseldorf 32. Statue Drei Nornen Düsseldorf 33. Rheinmetall-Werke Düsseldorf 34. Machinenhalle Düsseldorf

35. Villa Hügel Essen 36. Saalbau Essen

37. Ausstellungshallen Essen

NORDRHEIN-WESTFALEN

Nordrhein Westfalen 1 weergeven op een grotere kaart

 37a. Krupp factories Essen 37b. Hotel Vereinshaus, Essen 38. Bahnhof Gemünd

39. Zeche Rheinelbe Gelsenkirchen

40. Vestischen Kampfbahn Gladbeck

41. Gummersbach 42. Haus Busch Hagen 43. Lokal Märker Hattingen

44. Weiltorsaal Hattingen  

 

45. Bahnhof Herzogenrath 46. Marktplatz Horn 47. Gaststätte Ratskeller Horn

48. Hohenhausen 49. Kalldorf

50. Düsseldorfer Hof Königswinter

51. Villa Schröder Köln 52. Domhotel Köln 53. Gürzenich Köln 54. Rathaus Köln

55. Rheinlandhalle Köln 56. Braune Haus Köln 57. Messegelände Köln

Radrennbahn

Location: Unknown

In 1932 (April 8) Hitler held a speech at the Radrennbahn in Essen.

DÜSSELDORF

Düsseldorfer Parkhotel (28)

Location: Königsallee 1a

Today: Still there as Steigenberger Parkhotel

On January 26, 1932 Hitler spoke in the large ball room of the Parkhotel. On the 26th of January, 1936 Hitler had his famous meeting with a club of industrials in this hotel. There are pictures of Hitler in a car driving him through a crowd on the Königsallee in 1937.

Recent pictures of the Parkhotel (pictures: The Hitlerpages, 2008)

Hitler at the Düsseldorf Industrie Club (on the left edge of the picture)

Heinrich Hoffmann Store (29)

Location: Graf-Adolf-Strasse 112

Today: Barber shop

Heinrich Hoffmann had stores in different city’s. The left picture shows the one in Düsseldorf in 1937.

Hoffmanns store in 1937 (left) and the same location in 2008 (right) (picture: the Hitlerpages, 2008)

Nordpark (30)

Location: Between the Kaiserswertherstrasse and the Stockumer Kirchstrasse; navigate to Kaiserswertherstrasse 380 or Aquazoo

Today: The park is still there, the house of the Deutsche Arbeidsfront with the large exhibition halls behind it, have been removed a long time ago. The Aqua-Zoo is there today. The park still has a lot that reminds of the past.

On the 2nd of October 1937 Hitler attended the exhibition ‘Das schaffendes Volk’ in Düsseldorf. The exhibition showed German progress in a lot of areas of society. Companies like Henkel, Siemens and AEG were presenting themselves. Millions of people came to see the exhibition. The park had a large fountain, the house of the Deutschen Arbeidsfromt and large exhibition halls. The art in the Nordpark caused a ‘Skandal’ when a picture of the Rossebändiger (the large statues at the entrance) of artist Edwin Scharff turned up at an exhibition called ‘Entartete Kunst’ (degenerated art). Hitler just had new ideas about art in 1937 and the statues of Scharff weren’t heroic enough. The statues inside the park (made by other artist) got part of the discussion and were taken away, but the large statues at the entrance remained, because they were too heavy to remove. In 1941 four of the statues were placed back in the park. Flowers were placed on the spots were the statues had been. In 2006 the statues called ‘Fisher’ and ‘Schäferin’ also returned. The rest of the removed art has gone.

This old picture of the Nordpark shows the fountain with the Café der Konditoren-Innung behind it. After the Ausstellung Schaffendes Volk the Café was replaced by the Ballhaus that’s there now.

(picture on the right: the Hitlerpages, 2008)

Hitler at the exhibition hall

Stahl und Eisen

Copyright Original picture

These so called Wasserspiele

are still there.

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2008)

The original fountain in 2008

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2008)

The Ballhaus that replaced the Café

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2008)

Behind the fountain you can see a small part of the Aqua-Zoo between the trees.(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2008)

These stairs, somewhere behind the Aqua-Zoo, lead to a field of gras and some trees. They must have had a  function in the past. We think the exhibition halls used to be there.

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2008)

Flowers mark the spot of the dissapeared statues

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2008)

The Schäferin

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2008)

The Falkner

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2008)

The park today

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2008)

The park today

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2008)

Funeral Vom Rath (31)

Location: Nordfriedhof, Hugo-Viehoff-Straße 1, Feld 72, grave 60-65

Today: I couldn’t find the grave, but Markus from Germany could. It is still there.

When Ernst vom Rath got killed by a jewish man on November 9, 1938, the German government used it as an excuse for the Kristallnacht that followed. The funeral of Vom Rath took place on the 17th of November. Hitler was there.

The Nordfriedhof used to have the Schlageter-Ehrenmahl. Schlageter fought in WW1 and he was an early NSDAP-member. His large tombe became a nazi-pilgrimage. Today the statue of the ‘Drei Nornen’ (32) is at the same spot. Some people wanted to rename Düsseldorf into Schlageterstadt.

Hitler in a plane above the

Schlageter monument in 1933

Copyright Original picture

The church near the entrance of the graveyard

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2008)

Field 72  

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2008)

The grave of Ernst, Doris and two Gustavs Vom Rath. A short impression of the grave is here, on youtube.

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2013,

thanks to Markus)

Rheinmetall-Werke (33)

Location: Rheinmetall-Allee 1/ Ulmenstrasse 125

Today: the company has gone, a large administration building is still there

The Rheinmetal-Werke started as a company of metal and machines. In the thirtees they started to make weapons. In 1937 Adolf Hitler visited the company. The company has left Düsseldorf. Only a large administration building is still there.

Hitler at the Rheinmetall

factory in 1937

Copyright Original picture

The building of the

Rheinmetall-Werke

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2008)

Radrennbahn Oberkassel

Location: unknown

Hitler held a speech at the Radrennbahn on April 8, 1932.

Machinenhalle (34)

Location: Hoffeldstrasse 101

Today: The original building has gone

On February 16, 1932 Hitler held a speech at the Machinenhalle in Düsseldorf.

Hoffeldstrasse 101 today

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2008)

Marriage of Terboven

Location: Unknown

Hitler flew to Essen to go to Gauleiter Terbovens marriage on the day before he arrested Ernst Röhm.

Krupp Factories (37a)

Location: Altendorfer strasse: Krupps Stammhaus was rebuilt in 1961, the Krupp-Hauptverwaltung is gone.

Today: Krupps Stammhaus was rebuilt in 1961, the Krupp-Hauptverwaltung is gone.Other factories were bombed,

On the 27th of March, 1936 Hitler inspected the Krupp factory in Essen. Two enormous railway guns were built there, Dora and Schwerer Gustav. Years later at Rügenwalde the guns were tested. Hitler held a speech inside the factory. In 1937 Hitler came back to show Mussolini the Krupp factories.

The Krupp Werke in 1917

Villa Hügel (35)

Location: Stadtteil Bredeney, Hugelweg/Haraldstrasse

Today: Still there, there’s an archive about Krupp and there is an excibition

The villa Hügel was the family house of the Krupp family. Hitler was there a few times when he visited Essen.

Villa Hügel today

Hotel Vereinshaus (37b)

Location: Am Handelshof 5

Today: There have been several hotel buildings on this location. The modern hotel of today is called Essener Hof.

On June 16 and 20, 1926 Hitler held a speech at the Hotel Vereinshaus. The building of that time doesn’t exist anymore.

Städtischen Saalbau (36)

Location: Huyssenallee 53, edge Stadtgarten

Today: Philharmonie. Bombed in 1943, the new building that dates 1949-1954, was renovated in 2003-2004.

In 1926, 1927 and 1928 Hitler held speeches here.

Ausstellungshallen (37)

Location: On the Norbertstrasse 2 is a Messe. Near the Grugapark were halls; this park, that was made in the 20’s, is still there, but the area was bombed in the war.

Today: Not sure if there’s anything left of the original Ausstellungshallen.

In 1927 Hitler held a speech here. On August 15, 1930 he was back at this location for another speech. Hitler also spoke at the Ausstellungshallen of Essen on November 2, 1933.  

ESSEN                                                                 a movie of Hitler's visite to Essen is found here

Westfalenhalle

Location: Unknown, could also be the Westfalenhalle in Dortmund...

On October 30, 1932 Hitler spoke at the Gautag of Gau Essen in the Wetsfalenhalle.

The old hotel in the beginning of

the 20th century

This is what the hotel looked like when Hitler was there in 1926.

The hotel today

(picture: wikipedia)

Tent on the Steinberg (41)

Location: unknown, but there is a Festplatz in the area Gummersbach-Am Steinberg

Adolf Hitler spoke in tent on the Steinberg in Gummersbach on October 31, 1932.

GUMMERSBACH

Haus Busch (42)

Location:Feldmühlen Strasse

Today: Still there, it houses an organisation for education of journalists

Before 1936 Adolf Hitler used to stay at this house of Franz Pfeffer von Salomon when he was in the Rheinland. In 1936 the mayer of Hagen wanted to turn the rooms Hitler used to stay in into historical Führer-Zimmers. Pfeffer von Salomon organised the recistance against the French occupation of the Ruhrgebied from this house, from 1923 until 1926. Hitler stayed in the house in June 1926. As a reminder of the Kampfzeit and as proof of the roll of the city Hagen the Hitlerroom was planned. The plans were not carried out because of the war and the fact that Pfeffer von Salomon fell out of grace.

Haus Busch in 1930

Pfeffer von Salomon and Hitler at the Parteitag in Nürnberg, 1927

HAGEN

Borgmannschen Saal

Location: unknown

On November 26, 1926 from 20.00-22.30 hours Hitler spoke at the Borgmannschen Saal in Hattingen.

Böttcherschen Saal

Location: unknown

On April 26, 1927 after 21.00 hours Hitler spoke at the Böttcherschen Saal in Hattingen.

Weiltorsaal (44)

Location: Unsure, there’s a Weiltor-Theater on the Grosse Weilstrasse 8 and there’s a Weiltorgasse, but where the Weiltorsaal was, is unsure

In October 1927 Hitler spoke at the Weiltorsaal in Hattingen.

This part of an old postcard shows the Bahnhofstrasse, looking towards the Weiltor and the Kreishaus

Lokal Märker (43)

Location: Somewhere near the Reformierte Kirche and the Untermarkt

Today: Unknown

On June 15, 1926 Hitler spoke at the Märker.

A (low quality) picture of the Märker taken from the direction of the Untermarkt

HATTINGEN

Vestischen Kampfbahn (40)

Location: Bohmertstraße

Today: still there, called Stadion Gladbeck; the stadium (or at least it’s entrance) is under  ‘Denkmahlschutz’

Hitler spoke at the Vestischen Kampfbahn on July 24, 1932. On that same day he also spoke in Wuppertal, Duisburg, Osnabrück and Bochum.

Stadion Gladbeck, formerly known as the Vestischen Kampfbahn today

(source: www.btsv1895.de)

GLADBECK

Zeche Rheinelbe (39)

Location: Rheinelbestrasse, Gelsenkirchen-Uckendorf

Today: some buildings are still there

Adolf Hitler was at the funeral of Emil Kirdorf on July 13, 1938. His funeral was at the Gelände der Zeche Rheinelbe. The Zeche Rheinelbe was a Steinkohlen-Bergwerk (coalmine) in Gelsenkirchen until the sixties. On the Rheinelbestraße are still some buildings left. Also look at Mülheim an der Ruhr.

Zeche Rheinelbe like it was before

GELSENKIRCHEN

Bahnhof Gemünd (38)

Location: Alte Bahnhofstrasse (near the crossing of the B265 and B266)

Today: The former station of Gemünd is still there, but it’s not in real use anymore.

When Hitler visited Ordensburg Vogelsang in 1936 and 1937 he went to Gemünd by train. There he got into a car to drive to Vogelsang.

Adolf Hitler was at Ordensburg Vogelsang on April 28, 1937. This picture shows him after he arrived on the station of Gemünd

GEMÜND (SCHLEIDEN)

Festzelt (48)

Location: Unknown

On January 7, 1933 Hitler spoke inside a tent in Hohenhausen. There were 3.000 people present.

HOHENHAUSEN (KALLETAL)

Festzelt (49)

Location: Unknown

On January 7, 1933 Hitler spoke to 2.000 people inside a tent in Kalldorf.

KALLDORF

Tent on the Marrktplatz (46)

Location: Horn-Bad Meinberg, Marktplatz

Today: Still there

On January 6, 1933 Hitler spoke on the Marktplatz of Horn.

The Marktplatz today

(picture: www.panoramio.com)

HORN

Gaststätte Ratskeller (47)

Location: Horn-Bad Meinberg, Kirchstraße 6

Today: Maybe still there

On January 6, 1933 Hitler spoke at the Ratskeller.

Düsseldorfer Hof (50)

Location: Not sure; could be the Rheinallee

Today: Unknown

Hitler spoke at the Düsseldorfer Hof (once called Heisterbacher Hof) on December 1, 1926.

The Düsseldorfer Hof. You can see the river Rhine in front of the building, so the hotel must have been located on the Rheinallee

KÖNIGSWINTER

Second visit of Hitler to Köln

Locations: Not known by the Hitlerpages editor

On the 30th of March 1938 Hitler was in Köln again for the so called Volksabstimmung for the Anschluss with Austria.

Above: Hitler in Köln, date unknown, but probably 1936

Right: Hitler speaks in Köln, date and exact location unknown

Rathaus (54)

Location: Judengasse 1

Today: Still there

On March 30, 1938 Hitler visited the Rathaus of Köln. He held a speech there.

The Rathaus in 2008

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2008)

Domhotel (52)

Location: Domkloster 2a

Today: Still there

On March 28, 1936 Hitler was in Köln because of the Remilitarisierung des Rheinlands. On the square in front of the Dom and the hotel a large crowd kept on calling on Hitler to show himself on the balcony. After he’d done that, the crowd was quiet for about 15 minutes. Than they started yelling again. Hitler goes to the balcony again. This went on for quite a while.

The Domplatz and the

Domhotel in Köln

(colored pictures: the Hitlerpages, 2008)

A large crowd gathers on the Domplatz to see Hitler

(picture: Heinrich hoffmann)

Hitler in Köln on March 28, 1936

The villa on the Stadtwaltgürtel was for sale in July 2008

(pictures: the Hitlerpages, 2008)

KÖLN

Rheinlandhalle (55)

Location: Venloer Strasse 389

Today: Damaged during the war, the Radrennbahn that was part of it, has gone. Today there are shops and a fitnesscentre inside the building.

Hitler held a speech at the Rheinlandhalle on August 18, 1930.

The Rheinlandhalle with the Heliosturm behind it

(source: www.engagiert-in-ehrenfeld.de)

NSDAP-Parteihaus - Braune Haus (56)

Location: Mozartstrasse 28

Today:  A ‘Gedenktafel’ marks the location of the old NSDAP-house

Hitler held a speech at the NSDAP-Parteihaus in Köln on November 22, 1930. Later on the NSDAP-headquarters moved to the University building on the Claudiusstrasse.  

Picture: The ‘Gedenktafel’ at the Mozart strasse. It says:

‘ZUR ERINNERUNG AN DIE TOTEN UND ALS MANUNG FUR DIE LEBENDEN

AN DIESER STELLE BEFAND SICH 1933 UND 1934 DIE GAULEITUNG DER NSDAP IM SOGENANNTEN ‘BRAUNEN HAUS’ HIER FOLTERTEN SA UND SS IHRE POLITISCHEN OPFER

RAT DER STADT KOLN 1981

(picture: www.ursula-kuhr-schule.de)

Messegelände (57)

Location: The area between the Rheinparkweg and the Deutz-Mülheimer Strasse.

Today: Most halls are new.

Hitler held a speech at the Messegelände on March 9, 1932. On October 30, 1932 Hitler spoke at the Osthalle of the Gelände. On February 19 and October 26, 1933 Hitler also spoke at the Kölner Messehalle. On March 30, 1938 Hitler spoke to 60.000 people at the Messehalle.

The area was turned into a place where forced labourers ‘lived’. There also was a so called ‘Außenlager’ of the concentration camp Buchenwald. On the Kennedyufer is a memorial (Mahnmal) to remember the things that happend here. It says: "Das Messegelände und die Messegebäude und der anschließende Bereich bis hin zum Tanzbrunnen waren während des zweiten Weltkrieges zentraler Ort der nationalsozialistischen Gewaltherrschaft in Köln. Hier befand sich eine Reihe von Lagern, ein Außenlager des KZs Buchenwald. Lager für Kriegsgefangene, Zwangsarbeiterinnen und Zwangsarbeiter, ein Sonderlager der Gestapo für deutsche und ausländische Häftlinge - von hier aus gingen die Transporte in die Konzentrationslager ab und 1940 wurden Sinti und Roma sowie zwischen 1941 und 1944 Juden deportiert. - Hunderte kamen in den Lagern und bei Arbeitseinsätzen ums Leben. Tausende Männer, Frauen und Kinder wurden von hier aus in den Tod geschickt"

Coloured pictures: The Gürzenich today, outside and inside

(pictures: the Hitlerpages, 2008)

Hitler inside the Gürzenich, looking at the wall behind him, this must be in 1938

Above: Inside the Gürzenich

Under: Looking at a map of the Saarland (in the Gürzenich?)

Gürzenich (53)

Location: Martinstrasse/Gürzenichstrasse

Today: Still there

On March 28, 1936 Hitler was celebrated by the peopleof Köln at the Gürzenich.


Festwiese Deutz

Location: Somewhere in Köln-Deutz

Hitler held a speech here on July 28, 1932, after 18.45 hours.

The railroad track

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2010)

HERZOGENRATH

 May 14, 1939: Adolf Hitler arriving at the station of Herzogenrath. Wilhelm Keitel and Albert Bormann are also on this picture. (internet picture: mentioned source Jo Ploum)

The station of Herzogenrath today (picture: the Hitlerpages, 2010)

The station building of Herzogenrath today (picture: the Hitlerpages, 2010)

 When Hitler arrived at the station of Herzogenrath people gathered to see him. The dark building in the back is the former Roda-Palast. The soldiers stand in front of a hotel.  This location must have been near the station. (internet picture: mentioned source Jo Ploum)

 Hitler left by car from the Adolf-Hitler-Platz. Thhis square on the Bahnhofstrasse is still there. The so called Mosesdenkmal is on it.  

(internet picture: mentioned source Jo Ploum)

Station (45)

Location: Bahnhofstraße (station)

Today: The station is still there.

Adolf Hitler’s train must have halted at the trainstation of Herzogenrath in 1936. In 1939 Hitler inspected the defense zone in the area of Herzogenrath.  


Inspection route (45a-45d)

Locations: The exact route Hitler took is unknown, but there are several Westwall remains north of Herzogen-rath, along the track on the Bicherouxstraße-Nivelsteinerweg. More remains are south of Herzogenrath.

Today: Remains of the Westwall are still there.

Somewhere in 1939 Hitler inspected the defense zone in the area of Herzogenrath. Look here for the westwall-remains in the area.  


One of the small hills north of Herzogenrath where the Westwall bunkers used to be. They were hard to find back because of the snow.

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2010)

View from the Westwall to Kerkrade in Holland (picture: the Hitlerpages, 2010)

One of the view remains I could find back in the snow

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2010)

Villa Schröder (51)

Location: Köln-Lindenthal, Stadtwaltgürtel 35

Today: Still there

Hitler and Franz von Papen met eachother in the villa of baron Kurt von Schröder on January 4, 1933. Von Papen maybe could talk Hindenburg into making Hitler Reichskanzler.

DUISBURG

Wedauer Stadion (27)

Location: Margaretenstraße 5-7

Today: the stadium is called the MSV-Arena, the old stadium was taken down in 2003

On July 24, 1932 Hitler spoke at the Wedauer Stadion in Duisburg for about 55.000 people.

The stadium today

Westfalenhalle (25)

Location: Rheinlanddamm 200

Today: The old Westfalenhalle doesn’t exist anymore, the new one was built after the war.

On March 10, 1932 Hitler spoke at this location. He spoke at the Westfalenhalle again on Sunday 30 October 1932 at 4 p.m., together with Gauleiter Wagner. There’s a so called Gedenkstein (stone of remembrance) in the Westfalenhalle 3b for the prisoners that died during the bombing of the old hall. On February 17, 1933 Hitler spoke at the Westfallenhalle again.

Left: The old Westfallenhalle Right: The new hall

Hitler speaks in Dortmund. Date and location unknown.

DORTMUND

SA-parade - Stadttheater (26)

Location: Kuhstrasse or Hiltropwall

Today: The stadttheater was bombed. There’s a new theater today.

Hitler was present at a parade of the SA, section Westfalen on July 9, 1933, somewhere at city centre. He also held a speech on this occasion.


Adolf Hitler, Josef Wagner, Wilhelm Schepmann and Victor Lutze at the SA-meeting in Dortmund (b&w picture: www.superstock.com)

The SA-parade in front of the Stadttheater

Two old postcards of the Stadttheater. Hitler stood in front of the portal building on the left.


The Stadttheater on the Kuhstrasse today

BÖSINGFELD

Festzelt (22)

Location: Unknown

Hitler spoke to 7.500 people in a tent in Bösingfeld on January 4, 1933.

Festzelt on the Kronenplatz (23)

Location: Kronenplatz, between the Arminstraße and the Industriestraße

Today: Still there

Hitler spoke to 10.000 people on the Kronenplatz of Detmold on January 5, 1933


DETMOLD

Detmolder Flughallen (24)

Location: Somewhere in the area of former Fliegerhorst Hohenloh: Richthofenstraße/Charles-Lindberg-Ring

Today: Some buildings are still there, like Hangar 21.

On January 15, 1936 Hitler spoke at the  Detmolder Flughallen at the Erinnerungsfeier of the Wahlkampf of 1933 in Lippe.

1926 visit - Hermannsdenkmal (20)

Location: Near Detmold, at the end of the Hermannsweg

Today: Still there

Because Adolf Hitler sent a postcard from Detmold and Paderborn to Maria Reiter (that was written or arrived on November 25, 1926) he must have been in the area of Detmold and Paderborn in the period before November 25. What he was doing in the region is not entirely clear to me yet. If you know more about this visit, please send an e-mail.

An entry in the guestbook of the Grotenburg mountain near Detmold might prove he was in the area. It seems like he visited the Hermannsdenkmal on the mountain in November 25, 1926. Historian Ian Kershaw mentions the Hermannsdenkmal as a symbol of the myth of the German Reich.

The Hermannsdenkmal near Detmold today A copy of the entry in the Grotenburg guestbook

Beethovenhalle (21)

Location: Wachsbleiche 26

Today: The old hall was bombed; a new one was opened in 1959.

Hitler spoke at the Beethovenhalle in Bonn on November 28, 1926, from 17.00 until 19.00 hours.

Left and centre: the old Beethovenhalle  Right: the new hall

BONN

Rheinhotel Dreesen (3)

Location: Rheinstrasse 45-49

Today: Still there

Hitler visited the Rheinhotel more than 50 times. The first time he was there was on November 28, 1926. On August 19, 1933 Hitler spoke at a meeting of SS- and SA-leaders at the Rheinhotel in Dreesen. He was also here the night before ‘The Night Of The Long Knifes’ in 1934. On May 31, 1940 Hitler, while he was staying at the Felsennest in Rodert, he went to Hotel Dreesen to meet a messenger of Mussolini, Alfieri. He had a letter from the Duce that said that Italy could join the war at June the 5th. He drove from the Felsennest through Kurtenberg (4)- Krahforst (5)- Merzbach (6)- Rheinbach (7)- Meckenheim (8)- Merl (9)- Villip (10) and Pech (11) to Bad Godesberg. The hotel is most famous for the meeting of Hitler and Chamberlain during the Sudetencrisis on September 22/23, 1938. Chamberlain stayed at the Hotel Petersberg, on the other side of the river Rhine (12).

The Rheinhotel Dreesen in September 1938

BAD GODESBERG

The hotel in July 2008. On the other side of the river you can see the Petersberg Hotel (both pictures on the right). (pictures: The Hitlerpages, 2008)

Adolf Hitler and dr. Morell on a boat trip on the river Rhine, near Bad Godesberg in September 1938

(picture: Neumann, Eberle, 2009)

AACHEN

Stadion Krummerück (1)

Location: Unknown, maybe near the Schopenhauerstrasse

On July 28, 1932 Hitler held a speech at this stadium in Aachen.

Hauptbahnhof (1a)

Location: Bahnhofplatz 2a

Today: The original station was built in 1905. It was destroyed in 1944, but restored in 1950.

Hitler was in Aachen several times, mostly passing through by train. On October 21, 1914 he was there for the first time. He was on his way to Lille, to join the German troops at the Belgian front. Years later, in 1940, he past through Aachen when he was on his way to Hendaye to meet Franco.

The Hauptbahnhof in Aachen today

The track at main station Aachen today

Aachen Hauptbahnhof in 1932

The Bahnhofplatz in Aachen today

Westwall

Location: Exact location unknown

Today: There are still some Westwall remains in the area.

In May 1939 Hitler inspected the Westwall near Aachen and Herzogenrath.

Go to Westwall (Nordrhein-Westfalen 2).

AUGUSTDORF

Speech for farmers (2)

Location: Unknown

On January 6, 1933 Hitler spoke for farmers in Augustdorf.

BAD SALZUFLEN

Kurhaus (13)

Location: Parkstraße 26

Today: Still there

On January 14, 1933 Hitler spoke to about 8.000 people at the Kurhaus in Bad Salzuflen.

Left: Adolf Hitler and Gauleiter Alfred Meijer at the meeting in January 1933 in Bad Salzuflen (picture: Illustrierter Beobachter, 1936)

Right: The Kurhaus today

BAD SCHLANGEN

Festzelt (14)

Location: Unknown

On January 12, 1933 Hitler spoke inside a tent somewhere in Bad Schlangen.

BARNTRUP

Festzelt (15)

Location: Unknown

On January 13, 1933 Hitler spoke to 5.000 people inside a tent somewhere in Barntrup.

BIELEFELD

Ausstellungshalle (16)

Location: Am Stadtholz

Today: unknown

On November 16, 1930 Hitler held a speech at the Ausstelungshalle in Bielefeld.

BLOMBERG

Speech (17)

Location: Unknown

On January 13, 1933 Hitler spoke to 5.000 people somewhere in Blomberg.

Evangelische Vereinshaus (18)

Location: Karl-Frierich-Strasse (the numbers: 65a, 67b, 91, 103, 107 all belong to the Evangelischen Church)

Today: not sure

On June 15, 1926 Hitler spoke at the Evangelischen Vereinshaus. The Evangelical Church still has property on several locations of this street, but if the original building is amongst them, I don’t know.

BOCHUM

Panzergrotte (19)

Location: Hattingerstrasse 80?  Bochum-Ehrenfeld

Today: Not sure, could be called Leroy Bar now

On November 17, 1927 Adolf Hitler spoke at the Panzergrotte.

Two postcards of the Panzergrotte from around 1900

TuS-Stadion (20)

Location: Küpper Strasse/ Am Stadion

Today: New stadion called Ruhrstadion or Rewir Power Stadion

Hitler spoke at the TuS-stadium on July 24, 1932.

The Ruhrstadion used to be the TuS-Stadion

Ausstellungshalle des Bochumer Vereins - Jahrhunderthalle (20a)

Location: An der Jahrhunderthalle 1

Today: Still there. Renovated in 2003.

Hitler was here somewhere in 1935 together with Hermann Göring.


Adolf Hitler, Hermann Göring and the BV-Chef Borbet in front of the Ausstellungshalle des Bochumer Vereins in 1935 (picture: Pastfinder Zikzak Ruhrgebiet, 2010)


The Jahrhunderthalle today

(picture: wikipedia, 2004)


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