Planned as a faithful reproduction of a Roman villa, the Reuter Villa at the foot of the Wartburg castle in Helltal is home to the second largest Richard Wagner collection in the world and the Fritz-Reuter Museum.
The villa was constructed by the architect Ludwig Bohnstedt between 1866 and 1868 and was home to the Low German poet Fritz Reuter until his death. Today the Reuter-Wagner Museum boasts the second largest Richard Wagner collection after Bayreuth. In 1842 the composer was inspired by the Wartburg to such an extent that he used it as the setting for “Tannhäuser”. A library encompassing 5,000 volumes, a selection of 200 manuscripts, the piano upon which Wagner played and the score to “Rienzi” can all be admired by visitors.
im Thüringer Museum
phone (0 36 91) 74 32 93
fax (0 36 91) 74 32 94
Wednesdays - Sundays and on public holidays: 2pm – 5 pm
Groups and school lessons can also visit the museum outside of opening hours after registration, in advance: 03691 - 74 32 93.