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Museo e Fondazione Hermann Hesse

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Address: Montagnola, Montagnola, Switzerland
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Sat - Sun 10:00 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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A must for Hesse fans - Advice: take the Hesse walk!

I wanted to visit Montagnola for years, exactly because Hesse spent decades in the village overlooking Lake Lugano. I was not disappointed: the small space is stuffed to the brim... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 December 2016
nijh L
London, United Kingdom
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earth, sol
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

In winter, the museum is only open on Weekends. This made for a nice walk from Sorengo without having to dodge traffic. There is a Hermann Hesse walking tour published by Tourist Information. I did not use this, but they have put up clear markers for the museum, the cemetery, and other houses of interest. The explanations of most exhibits... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

The place where Hesse has found the balance between spiritual loneliness and isolation from the modern world and it shows in exploring a side noi.Nu it comes to literature, but the taste pentyru painting a beautiful show, to see objects acuarele.Puteti personal and typewriter. I felt close to the author of "Siddartha".

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

I wanted to visit Montagnola for years, exactly because Hesse spent decades in the village overlooking Lake Lugano. I was not disappointed: the small space is stuffed to the brim with Hesse's personal belongings, including his desk, type writer, painting material and books. I particularly enjoyed reading the letters from and to Hesse (by Freud, Adorno, TS Eliot, to name... More 

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Daniela A, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Museo e Fondazione Hermann Hesse, responded to this review

Thank you for your nice review! I just wanted to specify that, even though you are right in saying that the museum is mainly in German and Italian, there also are materials in English, French, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese (written guides that can be asked at the desk). Moreover most of the staff (with the exception you mentioned) can currently... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2015

This small Museum in Hermann Hesse's is worth a visit whether you like his work or not. Detailing his life and the many famous people he met gives a fascinating insight into the period.

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Volgograd, Russia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2015

It is a very small museum based in the house where Herman Hesse lived in Montagnola. There are his personal belongings, paintings by him and his son, library, photographs. You can also walk the paths of Herman Hesse through narrow beautiful streets and feel like you traveled back in time. It's a very nice small town and great nature and... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2015

Obviously a lot Hesse's personal belongings have vanished in the meantime; so the museum looked a bit generic. To see some of his letters/correspondences was nice though. I was surprised though, to see that the whole museum was in German and Italian; and only limited info in English. His son's paintings were nice. Honestly, expected a lot more from the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2014

Our party of two was one Hesse fan and one non-fan. There was a movie dubbed in English and I think it was like 45 minutes long - that seemed a bit excessive. There were a lot of great photos and some nice memorabilia from his life, but mostly everything was in German. The fan said the movie and displays... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2012

This museum honors Hermann Hesse and the place where he lived. It is interesting to see how his philosophy is kept alife.

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