Goldener Löwe

The Goldener Löwe at Eisenach, Germany was once an ordinary restaurant (first mentioned in 1533). But on August 7th, 1869 an important event happened here: August Bebel and Wilhelm Liebknecht founded the Sozialdemokratische Arbeiterpartei (SDAP) during a congress. It was later merged with the Allgemeiner Deutscher Arbeiterverein (ADAV) founded by Ferdinand Lassalle. The organization created is today known as the Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands (SPD) – the oldest still existing political party in Germany.

Already during the times of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) the former restaurant became a memorial (in 1967) and a place to educate young people in the sense of the GDR regime. Today an association – the August-Bebel-Gesellschaft – maintains the building and organizes political education at this place. It is an important location as one of the two founding places of the socialdemocratic party.

Gedenkstätte Goldener Löwe
Marienstraße 57
99817 Eisenach

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