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Cotta House and Martianum (Cottahaus und Martianum)

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A plaque commemorating Goethe’s visit hangs from the house and on the next building another sign pokes fun at the commemorative plaque, touting that “Goethe puked here”. This is thought to refer not to the physical act but to the somewhat unkind words Goethe had to say about Tübingen.
The Cotta’sche Publishing House was founded in 1659 and was active for over 150 years. Johann Friedrich von Cotta led his firm to great success, printing and distributing “the books of the first scientists and literati of the world”. Until moving to Stuttgart in 1810, Cotta ran his publishing house in the Tübingen Münzgasse. He published such authors as Goethe, Schiller, Wieland, Herder, Hölderlin, Tieck, Kleist, Jean Paul, the Humboldts, the Schlegels, as well as the Tübingen romantics: Uhland, Kerner and Schwab. In September of 1797, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe traveled to Switzerland and stopped by Tübingen to pay Cotta a visit. Goethe resided in the southeast room of the 3rd floor between the Old Assembly Hall and the Collegiate College, with a view of the Neckar valley, which he described as “friendly, if not rather narrow”.


Today the Cotta House is a residential house.
Today the Cotta House is a residential house.
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Update: August 17, 2020


48.519977, 9.055535
48°31'11.9"N 9°03'19.9"E
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Cotta House and Martianum (Cottahaus und Martianum)

Münzgasse 15
72070 Tübingen
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