1848 until 1910 - The Begin of the German Empire

Nowadays, the castle is being used as a university, showing the emphasis and importance of education for all people. A civil society has evolved. Social barriers grow more and more pervious, and professional barriers fall increasingly. People are living with high hopes for liberty and democratization.

The Industrialization

Parallel to the changes in social currents runs a rapid industrialization, and agriculture disappears almost altogether. The contrast between the rich and the poor becomes quite apparent. Increasingly, workers organize themselves, and dare to revolt, despite of unchanging restrictions, e.g. by censorship and the prohibition of "Workers Newspapers", which were commonly socialistic.


The right to study is almost exclusively reserved for men. Student live is being cultivated in fraternities. However, this is also a time of radical political quarrels. The liberal middle class and its students are strongly influenced by England, and is opposing the National conservative followers of future Kaiser Wilhelm II.

Within the town's social ranks, The Jewisch population is emancipating more and more, which becomes apparent with the building of the synagogue. However, in most cases, there is no genuine equality, still.


On the Town Greens people are demonstrating for freedom and democracy. The military and the police violently put an end to it.

Women are demonstrating on the streets, as well. There are elections  at the Town Hall, however, only tax payers have the right to vote, women still don't.


There is a noticeable improvement in hygienic conditions. Thus, the population is better protected against epidemic diseases. The construction of a canalization system ensures an improved fresh water supply and more efficient waste elimination.


There also is a noticable upturn in mobility matters. The first bike is being developed, as well as the first horse-pulled street cars. Train traffic becomes more and more effecient due to larger, high-performance engines. Locomotives and trains, respectively, can now make use of steel-built bridges.