It has been said that traveling gives a man knowledge that school cannot teach. Rizal believed that through traveling he will be able to learn more and thus share more to his beloved Filipinos. In 1886, Rizal started his sojourn in Germany at the University of Heidelberg Eye Clinic as an assistant physician for the world renowned ophthalmologist at the time, Dr. Otto Becker. After 6 months, Dr. Jose Rizal began his travel to Germany. His journey covered numerous historic towns and cities, such as Mannheim, Mainz, Ruedesheim, Bingen, Koblenz, Bonn, Cologne, Frankfurt/Main, Erfurt, Leipzig, Dresden, Potsdam, and Berlin.
Dr. Jose Rizal’s extensive travel to Germany greatly influenced his masterpieces, “Noli Me Tangere” and “El Filibusterismo“.
The statue of Dr. Jose Rizal at Wilhelmsfeld was Sculpted by Prof. Anastacio Caedo. The statue was unveiled on September 2, 1978. He stayed at the house of Pastor Karl Ullmer, where Dr. Rizal had written the last chapters of his immortal novel “Noli Me Tangere“.
Rizal’s Heritage Trail in Germany