Museum Engadin St. Moritz

Nietzsche House

Friedrich Nietzsche found peace, concentration and inspiration during his seven summer stays in this enchanted house


"Dear old friend, now I'm back in the Upper Engadine, for the third time, and again I feel that here and nowhere else is my right home and hotbed." (Friedrich Nietzsche to Carl von Gersdorff, Sils-Maria, end of June 1883)

Nietzsche in Sils-Maria

Seven summers, for the first time in 1881, Friedrich Nietzsche spent an inspiring and creative time in Sils Maria. He lived in a modest room in the Durisch family's house during his stays. In the Engadine, with its dry, sunny climate, the weather-minded thinker found conditions from which he hoped to alleviate his violent migraine-like headache. A strict daily schedule not only regulated working hours and meal times, but also provided "5 - 7 hours of exercise every day", which he obtained by taking long walks in the area - the best opportunity to literally "philosophize" "fare. Even the first stay resulted in a key thought that gave his future work a new direction: the "thought of eternal return", the basic concept of Nietzsche's "So spoke Zarathustra".

The exhibition includes a rich collection of photos and documents, manuscripts and letters from the Sils period, the original death mask, various busts (Max Kruse, Willy de Boe), music, a complete collection of the works that Nietzsche himself published during his lifetime, including rare dedication copies. In addition, there is a documentation on the counterfeits for which Nietzsche's sister is responsible and on Nietzsche's time as a professor in Basel (Basler Stube with original furniture and documents from the time of Basel 1869-79).

Special exhibition

"Nietzsche's Arcadia" Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Paul Flora, Jacques Guidon, Gerhard Richter, Ursina Vinzens, Not Vital


Introductory lecture on Friedrich Nietzsche and the Nietzsche House:

Every Wednesday from 11:00am - 12:45pm in German or on request outside opening hours in German, English, Italian and French

During the opening hours (3.00pm - 6.00pm) the guests can visit the museum individually.

Translated with (free version)


Summer: Adults: CHF 8 Students from 12 years: CHF 4

Opening hours

open: from 14.06.2022 to 23.10.2022
Monday closed Tuesday - Sunday 03.00pm - 06.00pm
closed: from 24.10.2022 to 12.12.2022
open: from 13.12.2022 to 10.04.2023
Tuesday - Sunday 3.00pm - 6.00pm


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