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Museum Hermann Hesse

Via Ra Curta 2, Montagnola 6926, Switzerland
+41 91 993 37 70
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The highlight of a leisurely day trip: the walking tour in Collina d'Oro

Reserve several hours, if possible an entire afternoon on a day without rain, in order not just to... read more

Reviewed 7 May 2017
A Collection of Memorabelia

We have visited Hermann Hesse's Birth House in Calw and now the Museum in Montagnola. The birth... read more

Reviewed 29 April 2017
Richmond, Virginia
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The Hermann Hesse Museum was established in the rooms of the Torre Camuzzi, in Montagnola, Switzerland in 1997. This ancient tower is part of the picturesque Casa Camuzzi where Hermann Hesse lived between 1919 and 1931. From his apartment, he had a marvellous view overlooking the lake of Lugano.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Via Ra Curta 2, Montagnola 6926, Switzerland
+41 91 993 37 70
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Reviewed 7 May 2017

Reserve several hours, if possible an entire afternoon on a day without rain, in order not just to visit the museum but also to rent an audioguide and make a tour in Hesse's footsteps. It is easy to loose track, though - spoiled by the...More

Thank Masseneinwanderin
Reviewed 29 April 2017

We have visited Hermann Hesse's Birth House in Calw and now the Museum in Montagnola. The birth house was strong on the history, the collaborations and the context of Hesse's life and works. The Montagnolo Museum was full of artifacts, letters, paintings and photos. We...More

Thank DonPaulo
Reviewed 28 January 2017 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...More

Thank Capo_in_B
Reviewed 30 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...More

Thank Hoinara
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...More

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Daniela A, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Museum Hermann Hesse, responded to this reviewResponded 7 December 2016

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...More

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.

Thank LuganoPirate
Reviewed 15 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...More

Thank SvetlanaGordienko
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...More

Thank Gretsch5120
Reviewed 27 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...More

Thank Rooindie
Reviewed 20 February 2012

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

Thank Esyl_13
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17 March 2017|
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Response from Daniela A | Property representative |
Hi! The easiest way to get there is by car, but I'm not aware of cross-border taxi prices and it sounds like it could be very expensive. Alternatively you can take a train from Como San Giovanni station to Lugano FFS which... More
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