The centre of Rhine romanticism
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe himself felt at home in this summer residence with its garden and vineyard, idyllically situated on the Rhine. Built in 1751 and acquired by the Brentano family from Frankfurt in 1806, Brentano House became the cultural-intellectual centre of Rhine romanticism. Its proximity to the rugged landscape and castles of the Middle Rhine Valley only encouraged enthusiasm for the river and its myths.
The original preservation of the buildings, furnishings and gardens here is exceptional. Various rooms such as Goethe's bedroom serve as a window into interior design at the turn of the 19th century. The large salon, which at the beginning of the 1800s became a meeting place for leading figures from art, politics and science, is a particularly good example. The likes of Karoline von Günderrode, the Grimm Brothers, Achim von Arnim and Freiherr vom Stein met here - and, of course, poet siblings Bettina and Clemens von Brentano.
You are invited to discover and enjoy this authentic place of German romanticism despite ongoing restoration work.
This place is maintained by the State Castles and Gardens of Hesse.