The Rheinhotel Dreesen in Bad Godesberg near Bonn was a hotel in which Hitler liked to stay during the years of the 1930s. He visited the hotel for the first time on 28 November, 1926 and he returned over 70 times. Probably it was Rudolf Hess who pointed this hotel out to him; Hess had frequented his school in Bad Godesberg.
Hitler stayed in the "Führersuite" with room number 106. This room had been especially adapted for his stay. The suite consisted out of a large reception area, a sitting room cum working office and a comfortable bedroom. A large, comfortable bed was situated at the bulletproof window with a vista over the river Rhine. In 1938 also the façade of the hotel was modernized.
The hotel was the place where Hitler made up his plans to ‘purify’ the SA and its leader Ernst Röhm, on June 30th, 1934.
It was here that Hitler met the British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain between 21 and 23 September 1938 and where he proposed the condition of the annexation of the Sudetenland in the Czech-Slovakian Republic. That happened on September 29th, 1938, at the signing of the ‘Munich Treaty’.
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- Text: Pascal Blijkers
- Photos: Pascal Blijkers