Accompany us on a journey to the summer of 1772. The Buff family was living in what was then the Teutonic Order administrator’s house, now known as the Lottehaus . The resident best known to us today was Charlotte, and it was due to her that Goethe visited the house almost daily. His memories and impressions are reflected in “The Sorrows of Young Werther,” the novel which made Goethe world-famous.
The Viseum continues this tradition of innovation in optics. It has drawn on the collective knowledge and competency of 14 regional companies. Through learning experiments, the visitor experiences what the products of these high-tech com panies are capable of. By playfully trying things out for themselves, visitors come to comprehend complex and complicated technologies which affect almost all areas of contemporary life.
You are sure to be impressed by the Dr. Irmgard von Lemmers-Danforth Collection of European Domestic Interiors from the Renaissance to the Baroque. In one of Wetzlar’s most beautiful townhouses, a distinctive collection of historical furniture, invaluable gold and silverwork, ceramics, tapestries, and paintings is to be found.
The purpose of Goethe’s sojourn in Wetzlar was legal studies at the Imperial Court, which was then the highest court of law in the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation. Fascinating insights into German legal history await you in the Museum of the Imperial Court (Reichskammergerichtsmuseum).
The museum holds many interesting sights for its visitors: The renewed water wheel with its fascinating technology dating back to 1875, remains of the forge mill from 1728, tools and workings of the local craftsmen, women's workings used in everyday family life, insights into the housing conditions of our ancestors as well as a collection of historic toys.