The friedrichstrabe and the 99-day emperor

Many street names in neustadt tell of the town’s history – regardless of how significant the respective street is for current traffic flows. This is also true for some bust with a supposed cosmopolitan name, such as the friedrich bust.

For this street, which stands above the dr.-martin-luther-strabe, which branches off from bahnhofstrabe and connects to eisfelder strabe, has commemorated friedrich III since 1901., once german emperor and king of preuben.

Only 99 days in office

From friedrich III. The name of the town is directly connected to the duchy of saxony-coburg and gotha, which lives on in many other street names in neustadt. The friedrich III., born in 1831 in potsdam, was married to victoria, the eldest daughter of prince consort albert and queen victoria of england.

The friedrichstrabe and the 99-day emperor

Street sign friedrichstrabe.
Photo: jochen berger

Frederick III. Was elected after a reign of only 99 days on the 15th of the year. June 1888 died in potsdam. As early as august, the idea of erecting a monument to the liberal emperor arose in neustadt. This certainly did not happen by chance in neustadt. The emperor was, after all, an avowed adherent of the liberal party, which at that time had a large number of adherents in neustadt.

After this initial suggestion in august, a monument committee was immediately formed, which invited all associations in neustadt to participate. An appeal for donations raised more than 1200 marks in a short time. The circle of donors for the planned memorial in neustadt was not limited to the city, however. The project also found support in the neighboring towns of coburg and sonneberg.

The friedrichstrabe and the 99-day emperor

This is how the market square in neustadt looked when the monument to emperor friedrich III was still there. Status.
Tageblatt archive

Max derra, after whom a street in neustadt was also later named, took over the design of the series. He designed not only the monument, but also the larger-than-life bust.

There were discussions about the question of the location. While the city council initially favored the alexandrinenplatz, the monument committee argued for the market square – and finally prevailed with this opinion. On 18. October 1891 the monument was finally unveiled – the procession moved from the train station and past friedrichstrabe to the market square.

It was not foreseeable at the time that this monument would only last for around half a century. Already during the first world war the bronze bust was in danger of being melted down. But this happened in 1941 by order of the "reichsstelle fur metalle". In the middle of december, the two-and-a-half-ton bust was transported away.

Now in neustadt only a simple street sign reminds of the 99-day emperor friedrich III, who died in 1888.

Background

The series of street names in new town highlights various aspects of the development of the bavarian doll town using the example of important people. Neustadt’s honorary citizen max oscar arnold made the start. Further followings were already dedicated to ernststrabe, pestalozzistrabe, ruckertstrabe, albertstrabe, goethestrabe , klinglerstrabe, augustastrabe, moellerweg as well as georg-langbein- and siemensstrabe.

Learn also everything about the history of siemensstrabe.

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