Heinrich Heine was one of the brave ones to write poetry in German. His valiant efforts make this museum well worth a visit.

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Heinrich Heine Institute

In the middle of Bilker Street.

Heinrich Heine was a classical scholar, born in Düsseldorf in 1797. Although he spent his last days in Paris, his hometown considers him an icon of the city, as his past is deeply rooted here. He was a journalist, essayist, writer and one of the few poets to write in the German language, for which he gained international acclaim. The Heinrich Heine Institute opened its doors in 1974 on Bilker Street. This centre preserves the author’s attitude, as it combines a museum about Heine, a library that houses the first editions of his books, manuscripts and hand-written notes, as well as subsequent studies on his works. The most noteworthy of this collection is the original poem about the legend of Lorelai, one of his most famous works. You will also find many of his controversial statements against social and political issues in Germany and France, which have made him so popular.

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