Dear Internet users,
As the Lord mayor of Fulda I have been asked to share my thoughts with you about the idea of “About us”. Looking back over a 1250-year history, it seemed like an easy task at first. But exactly the complexity of our history makes it difficult, as there is so much to tell about the town of Fulda. The most important thing seems to be, that we can delve into a rich past full of vivid tradition. Saint Boniface (St. Bonifatius), Apostle of the Germans, and such as his scholar Sturm (Sturmius) and Rabanus Maurus have been with us for more than 1000 years. They stand for their sense of mission and cosmopolitanism. In 744 the Benedictine monastery of Fulda was founded due to the achievements of Saint Boniface and his companion Sturm. Rabanus Maurus, on the other hand, developed the monastery as a place for scholars. The cultural radiance of the monastery had a striking effect far beyond the borders of Fulda to the realm of Franconia and thereby it flourished into a cultural centre of Europe. Works of the Roman poet Ovid and the Roman historian Tacitus and also the old high Germanic lay of Hildebrand (Hildebrandslied) have been saved for future generations in the Bibliotheca Fuldensis – the old library of Fulda.
The grandness of Fulda faded during the protestant reformation and once more after the secularisation - but not before it had climaxed with the abbot of the monastery of Fulda being the adviser to the Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation.
The stony witnesses of the past such as St. Michael’s church with its crypt and its unique supporting column as well as the cathedral, the Palace Residence (town hall) and the statue of St. Boniface and other landmarks touch us even more these days and follow us on every step we take.
Yet, Fulda doesn’t linger in the past. The present-day city of Fulda looks into the future. Although having been very close to the former border of the former GDR, highly specialized enterprises have emerged in Fulda long before the German reunification and made a great contribution to the infrastructure of the region of Fulda. Because of this, Fulda is less influenced by economic conditions than other towns and regions.
A healthy job market, a prospering trade, a comparatively sound demographic development and most of all a high standard of living characterise this town.
Apart from these economic attributes, its high density of cultural facilities speak in Fulda’s favour, e.g. the Vonderau Museum, the Cathedral Museum, the Historical Rooms in the Palace Residence, the German Fire Brigade Museum, the Children’s Academy, the Fasanery Palace and the Palace Residence Theatre with its high profile program. The cultural charm of Fulda is rounded off by its modern scene in the city centre which caters for every taste and purse.
Being on the “bon vivant” side of life, obviously the culinary delights play an important role to the people of Fulda. Our candidness for foreign food, which might be overseen at first glance, is quite proverbial.
Also, our international collaborations reach to the USA, Russia, Italy, France, the Netherlands etc. And the Fulda University of Applied Science cultivates a cross-national exchange of knowledge and information.
However, instead of writing many more words about Fulda, how about visiting our friendly and welcoming town? Dive in and meet the people of Fulda and experience the active attachment of Fulda to the people of Fulda - from the past to the present.
Lord Mayor of the Town of Fulda