Nietzsche Memorial

The small town of Lützen has a great son: Friedrich Nietzsche. The Nietzsche memorial commemorates him.

King. Emperor. Philosopher.

Lützen is not only known for the death of a king and the defeat of an emperor. But also for the birth of a philosopher. On 15 October 1844, Friedrich Nietzsche, one of Germany's greatest thinkers, was born in the Röcken district of Lützen.

Visitors literally walk in the footsteps of the world-famous Lützener from birth to death: in addition to his birthplace, the extensive memorial site also includes Nietzsche's baptismal church and grave. The memorial's exhibition and the "Röckener Bacchanal" sculpture group created by Klaus F. Messerschmitt are also well worth a visit.

Moved out and returned home

Nietzsche had to leave Lützen for Naumburg at the age of four. It is all the more pleasing for the community that its famous son found his final resting place in the family grave in his birthplace after his death in Weimar.

On the 103rd anniversary of Nietzsche's death in 2003, the memorial and the exhibition on his life and work were extensively renovated. His childhood, his controversial relationship with Christianity and the history of his grave are now vividly presented in three rooms. Another unique attraction in Lützen, and not just for philosophy enthusiasts.   

Insights into the memorial