Hermann Hesse

Herrmann Hesse, who was born in Calw in 1877, spent his childhood and youth in Calw.
The town left its mark on Hesse, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1946. He once wrote: “Wherever you spent your childhood, that is home” Today, many buildings remind you of the settings described in his writings. Strolling through the steep and narrow alleys you can immerse yourself in the times of the most widely read German author of the 20th century.

Hermann Hesse museum

The Hermann Hesse Museum, which is situated in the historic town palace “Haus Schüz”, vividly documents the life and work of Calw’s famous poet and novelist. It exhibits the most extensive collection of works of the 1946 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature that exists. First and rare editions, manuscripts and water-colour paintings together with photos provide a profound insight into his life.

Walking in the Footsteps of Hermann Hesse

Hermann Hesse is one of the most widely read German-language authors. In his hometown many buildings remind you of the Nobel Prize winner and his stories. 'Calw is the most beautiful town of all', he once wrote. In the walking tour you will see sites of his life and places he so inimitably described in his stories. The town of Calw as a literary museum – you are free to follow in Hesse’s footsteps.
Dates:   May to October Sundays at 2.30 a.m. (German language)
Reservations not required. Subject to change without notice.

Duration:              Approx. 1 ¼ hour 
Prices:                  Adults € 8.00, Children and juveniles 12 – 18 years € 5.00
                               (Combination ticket: guided tour and Hermann Hesse museum)
Special tours for groups are available upon request at the Calw Tourist Office:
Maximum of 25 persons: € 80.00 (English language) / € 60.00 (German language)

Hermann Hesse path

“Calw is the most beautiful town of all…” – a sentiment penned by Hesse. This special tour of the town shows you what this quote is all about. Follow in the footsteps of Hermann Hesse and visit the places the writer describes in his narrations.

Hermann Hesse garden

Stock up on new ideas in the Hermann Hesse Garden along the Hagbrunnen stream: this oasis of peace is just the right place to disengage and recharge your batteries. In the reading garden behind the library you can relax by the water – just as Hermann Hesse liked to do.

Gerbersau summer readings

Every year, between Hesse’s birthday on 2 July and the date of his death on 9 August, special events and lectures are held in his commemoration. Hesse’s hometown Calw is the setting for these stories and texts. Literary walks in the footsteps of the writer on Sundays complement the cultural offer.

Nikolaus Bridge

Nikolaus bridge is Calw’s distinctive landmark and Hermann Hesse’s favourite place, where he used to fish. The Gothic chapel was built around 1400 and dedicated to St. Nikolaus, the patron saint who provided protection against high and stormy water. Until 100 years ago, you could watch the rafters from the stone bridge in their strenuous activity: rafts made up of approx. 100 logs and about 150 to 200 metres long had to be manoeuvred through this bottleneck.