Together with its collection on the artist and literature landscape on the peninsular Höri, The Hesse Museum Gaienhofen shows the permanent exhibition "Gaienhofen Detours. Hermann Hesse and his First House" in the original location.
The writer and later winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature Hermann Hesse lived in Gaienhofen from 1904 to 1912. The young author had previously led a rather unsettled life in different places. The "Gaienhofen Detour", as he later called his eight years on Lake Constance, was associated with the hope for stability and a place to call home. Here began "the time of my life in which I no longer lived in random and often changing rooms, but in houses". Of all these houses, the simple farmhouse on the Gaienhofen village square, which he moved into immediately after his wedding in 1904, and which belongs to the museum, was certainly the most important. He would later call it the "first refuge of my young marriage" and the "first legitimate workshop of my profession".
Hesse Museum Gaienhofen
Phone: 07735 / 440949
Fax: 07735 / 440948
15.03. - 01.11.: Tue - Sun 10.00 – 17.00
02.11. - 14.03.: Fri and Sat 14.00 – 17.00, Sun 10.00 – 17.00
Guided tours from May to October
Saturdays, at 14:30
Further guided tours on request
Municipality of Gaienhofen
Conception and texts: Hesse Museum Gaienhofen, Ute Hübner and Ina Appel
Image rights: 00, 02, 03, 04, 0502, 07, 0701, 0702, 08, 0801, 0802, 09, 12: Chris Korner, Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach. The other images: Hesse Museum Gaienhofen
Sponsored by the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Literarischer Gesellschaften und Gedenkstätten with funds from the Representative of the Federal Government responsible for Culture and the Media