St. Goar – a historic partnership

It was a gorgeous, sunny late summer day on 20 September 2020 when a historic settlement was reached between politicians, members of the House of Hohenzollern, and city representatives, all of whom came together for a ceremony to mark the occasion at the Catholic Church of St. Goar and St. Elisabeth. Speakers included Mayor Hönisch, the Prince and Princess of Prussia, Secretary of State Steingaß and former Federal Minister of Defence Rudolf Scharping. At the end of the event, Scharping called upon those in attendance to cultivate tradition far removed from any past resentments and unfettered by historical amnesia.

Just a few weeks prior, a vote had been passed by the St. Goar city council, clearing the final hurdles for a contractual agreement between the city and the Princess Kira of Prussia Foundation. At the beginning of the year, the settlement between the two parties was reached through a majority vote by the SPD faction. Thanks in no small part to the push made by Falko Hönisch, the mayor newly elected in 2019, all disagreements were resolved in connection with Rheinfels Castle and the surrounding properties, which the family had acquired during the mid-nineteenth century.

“From the bottom or my heart, I’m grateful to Mayor Falko Hönisch and our lead negotiator, State Secretary Dr. Jürgen Aretz, for the fairly conducted negotiations,“ said Georg Friedrich, Prince of Prussia.

The future collaboration between the city and the foundation, which was founded by Princess Kira of Prussia and her husband Prince Louis Ferdinand in 1952, will focus on social projects with children and young people. During the 2020 autumn holidays, director and composer Todd Fletcher will begin working on a musical project with young students. The premiere is planned for next year.

Another focus will be cultural projects, such as art and history exhibitions, as well as the cultural and artistic influence of members of the House of Hohenzollern in the Rhine Valley. The Prince of Prussia has already expressed his interest in being involved in exhibition projects in the future and offered to lend items for display.