The German-born Nobel laureate behind such literary heavyweight novels like Steppenwolf and Siddartha spent much of his life in Switzerland, and is buried in the cemetery at San Abbondio in Montagnola, a quiet suburb about four miles southwest of Lugano. A museum dedicated to his life and works was established in 1997 in the Torre Camuzzi, near where he lived from 1919 to 1931. Inside you’ll find a permanent exhibition on the four decades the writer spent in Montagnola including some of his personal belongings, photos, books and paintings. Here you can also get information about a self-guided walking tour that takes visitors past some of Hesse’s favorite sites and ends in the cemetery where he’s buried. If you speak German or Italian, you can also rent an audio guide to help explain the sites.
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