About the Project

The Path of German Democracy is made up of sites in and around Bonn that count as milestones of the development of the Federal Republic of Germany, and where key decisions were made concerning the establishment of democracy in post-war Germany. The Path of German Democracy was inaugurated in 2004. It is a cooperative project of the City of Bonn and Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland Foundation.

The Path of German Democracy on Site

In the former government district and the surrounding area of Bonn, you can walk along the Path of German Democracy. Panels with pictures and texts inform about the 65 buildings and institutions that were and are important for the Federal Republic of Germany. Places that have shaped the history of democracy in Germany since 1949, the year the Federal Republic was founded, are presented: Parliament and government buildings, embassies and state representations, places on the history of political parties and the media, and places of democratic protest. Guided tours are offered by the city of Bonn. Information on access to the historical sites can be found on the respective page on this website.

The Online Project

The Path of German Democracy is also an online project. With your smartphone, you either navigate from place to place or experience the historical sites from the comfort of your own home. You can choose between nine route suggestions, put together your favourite sites or choose topics such as parties, state guests or residential living. Walking the Path of German Democracy in Bonn or surfing the site from your computer at home, you will find background information and historical photographs of the time when Bonn was the capital of the Federal Republic of Germany.