Hotel Salmen is named inGermany a memorial of national significance. In September, 1847, an event tookplace in Offenburg that affected the course of German history. About 900 peoplefrom the group "Resolute Friends of the Constitution" gathered at theinn Salmen and put forward "the People's Requirements of Baden". Theyincluded 13 human rights and freedoms, including freedom of the press, freedomof religion, and universal suffrage.
Thus, the first democratic program in Germany was formulated in Hotel Salmen.Its provisions were the basis of the Weimar Constitution of 1919. From 1875 to1938, a synagogue was in the hotel building. In 1997, Salmen passed into thepossession of the city. It was when a memorial was established here and itstarted to host festivals and concerts. The residents of Offenburg celebrateSeptember 12 as the Day of Freedom in commemoration of those events.