This is a decorative, large-format transportation map of the German Confederation. More than a simple map of the territory, it offers a variety of interesting features, including small engraved railway scenes in the upper corners and steamship scenes in the lower corners. Along the right and left sides are the routes of important German and European railway connections, and along the bottom are detailed depictions of the shipping lanes and mooring stations of the Danube, Rhine and, Elbe rivers. Additionally, important post-road routes are highlighted throughout the map.
The German Confederation was an association of thirty-nine German-speaking states in Central Europe, created by the Congress of Vienna in 1815 to coordinate the economies of separate German-speaking countries and to replace the former Holy Roman Empire, which had been dissolved in 1806.