Projects of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar are funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Free State of Thuringia, represented by the State Chancellery of Thuringia, Department of Culture and the Arts.
„Finally, I am here, happy and cheerful […] no longer do any needs distress me.“
Schiller on 8 December 1782 in Bauerbach to his childhood friend Andreas Streicher
Friedrich Schiller arrived in Bauerbach near Meiningen at the beginning of December 1782 after fleeing from Stuttgart. Henriette von Wolzogen, the mother of a student friend of his, offered the poet asylum. This is where Schiller wrote his famous tragedy “Intrigue and Love”, originally titled “Louise Millerin”, of which the last existing manuscript is on display in the exhibition.
The tour of the historical rooms begins on the upper floor. Most of the furniture in the two “Wolzogen Rooms” date back to the Biedermeier period. The poet’s former living room, bedroom and working area feature a historically authentic décor, including a writing desk belonging to the Wolzogen estate and portraits of Schiller’s family and acquaintances. In 2005 the museum opened a permanent exhibition on Schiller’s escape and stay in Bauerbach. Highlighting his social and professional situation, the exhibition examines the reasons for his flight from Württemberg. Personal documents and literary manuscripts shed light on this important and productive period in Schiller’s life in Bauerbach.
The Bauerbach manor provided Schiller refuge from 7 December 1782 to 24 July 1783. Henriette von Wolzogen permitted Schiller to lodge in three rooms on the upper floor of her house. By 1847 the poet’s former workroom and bedroom had been made into a private memorial site. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his death in 1905, the rooms were opened to visitors on a regular basis. In 1934 the national foundation “Schiller in Bauerbach” purchased the manor and converted the so-called “Wolzogen Rooms” into a museum. The building had belonged to the predecessor institution of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar since 1941 and underwent extensive renovation in 1995. The museum is now operated by the Schillerverein Bauerbach on behalf of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar.