Wagner in Lucerne
Richard Wagner chose the country manor in Tribschen on Lake Lucerne
as his residence for six years. In April 1866, the composer moved
into the empty house and filled it with life. He lived on this grand
estate, which is surrounded by a park and located directly on the
lakeside, with his second wife Cosima and their children. At times
the house was also the meeting point for very prominent figures, such
as Franz Liszt, Friedrich Nietzsche, Gottfried Semper and King Ludwig
II of Bavaria, who were some of the composer's closest friends.
In 1872 Wagner left what he called the "idyll in Tribschen"
in order to put the plans for his own festival theater in Bayreuth
Today, the building houses a collection of memorabilia from Richard
Wagner and his stay in Tribschen; it is exhibited on the ground floor
of his former residence.