Ferdinand Mülhens

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Ferdinand Mülhens was a land owner and entrepreneur in Königswinter
Königswinter
Königswinter is a town and summer resort in the Rhein-Sieg district, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is situated on the right bank of the Rhine, opposite to Bonn, at the foot of the Siebengebirge.- Main sights :...

, Germany
Germany
Germany , officially the Federal Republic of Germany , is a federal parliamentary republic in Europe. The country consists of 16 states while the capital and largest city is Berlin. Germany covers an area of 357,021 km2 and has a largely temperate seasonal climate...

. Mülhens was born in Cologne
Cologne
Cologne is Germany's fourth-largest city , and is the largest city both in the Germany Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia and within the Rhine-Ruhr Metropolitan Area, one of the major European metropolitan areas with more than ten million inhabitants.Cologne is located on both sides of the...

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In the 19th century he managed the perfume factory founded by his grandfather Wilhelm Mülhens
Wilhelm Mülhens
Wilhelm Mülhens was born 25 June 1762 in Troisdorf and died 6 March 1841 in Köln. He was a Cologne perfume designer and manufacturer, and the founder of the Mülhens company, famous for the fragrance "4711".- Life and work :...

 at Cologne
Cologne
Cologne is Germany's fourth-largest city , and is the largest city both in the Germany Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia and within the Rhine-Ruhr Metropolitan Area, one of the major European metropolitan areas with more than ten million inhabitants.Cologne is located on both sides of the...

's Glockengasse 4711, producing the original Eau de Cologne
Eau de Cologne
Eau de Cologne or simply Cologne is a toiletry, a perfume in a style that originated from Cologne, Germany. It is nowadays a generic term for scented formulations in typical concentration of 2-5% essential oils. However as of today cologne is a blend of extracts, alcohol, and water...

. As owner of the 4711 brand, he received an imperial warrant as purveyor to the imperial and royal court in Vienna.

During the years 1912 to 1914, he set up the hotel
Hotel Petersberg
Hotel Petersberg has become the Guest House of the Federal Republic of Germany, termed the "Bundesgästehaus" . It is located on the Petersberg, a prominent mountain of the Siebengebirge near Bonn, Germany...

 on the Petersberg
Petersberg
Petersberg may refer to:*The Hotel Petersberg near Bonn, the site of the**Petersberg Agreement, 1949, regarding the international status of West Germany.**Petersberg tasks, 1992 & 1997, regarding European security cooperation...

 near Bonn, which later become the Guest House of the Federal Government of Germany
Germany
Germany , officially the Federal Republic of Germany , is a federal parliamentary republic in Europe. The country consists of 16 states while the capital and largest city is Berlin. Germany covers an area of 357,021 km2 and has a largely temperate seasonal climate...

. Since 1913, he was the owner of the Drachenfelsbahn, a mountain railway
Mountain railway
A mountain railway is a railway that ascends and descends a mountain slope that has a steep grade. Such railways can use a number of different technologies to overcome the steepness of the grade...

 line in the North Rhine-Westphalia
North Rhine-Westphalia
North Rhine-Westphalia is the most populous state of Germany, with four of the country's ten largest cities. The state was formed in 1946 as a merger of the northern Rhineland and Westphalia, both formerly part of Prussia. Its capital is Düsseldorf. The state is currently run by a coalition of the...

 region of Germany
Germany
Germany , officially the Federal Republic of Germany , is a federal parliamentary republic in Europe. The country consists of 16 states while the capital and largest city is Berlin. Germany covers an area of 357,021 km2 and has a largely temperate seasonal climate...

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From 1922 until his death, Ferdinand Mülhens was an honorary citizen of Königswinter.