Touristen im Jerusalemhaus
Jerusalemhaus © Dominik Ketz

This house was built at the end of the 17th century. Wetzlar printer and publisher Georg Ernst Winckler and his family moved into this house in 1694. The simpler jutting window to the left was added on in 1742. It was in this house that the Brunswick legation secretary Karl Wilhelm Jerusalem (1747-1772) shot himself on October 30, 1772. Goethe, who spent the summer of 1772 in Wetzlar, intertwined his own experiences in Wetzlar with the tragic fate of Jerusalem to create his epistolary novel The Sorrows of Young Werther, first published in 1774. A small museum dedicated to Karl Wilhelm Jerusalem, Goethe’s Werther, is located in the second floor of the building, which was renovated in 1986/1987.

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