Friedrich Rückert, linguistic genius & world poet

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Friedrich Rückert

We are on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the death of the linguist and poet Friedrich Rückert (1788-1866) in the city on the Main. We want to learn more about this remarkable franc. The in Schweinfurt born poet was a cosmopolitan linguistic genius. In the course of his life he learned 44 languages ​​with 25 scripts, including Afghan, Coptic and the Telugu of southern India. He only mastered the high-level languages. However, he could not have ordered a coffee in a restaurant in Cairo. In his writings he nevertheless built a bridge between the Orient and the Occident, although he never traveled to these worlds himself. Instead, his life began in Franken and ended there. Friedrich Rückert, linguistic genius & world poet, could well serve as a role model for dealing with the problems of our time when cultures clash.


Friedrich Rückert was baptized in this church
Friedrich Rückert was baptized in this church


In the footsteps of Friedrich Rückert through Schweinfurt

We took a look at the city of Schweinfurt in the footsteps of the poet. This man's birthplace is in the town's market square. On the facade, however, only a plaque with the inscription "Friedrich Rückert was born here" indicates its meaning. His statue is also on the town's market square. Lost in thought, he studies a book lying on his knees. There is not much more left of Friedrich Rückert in his hometown. We walk past the church where he was baptized. Behind it we see the Latin school, which lost the right to teach in the confusion of its time. Nevertheless, he finished his school education there. Then he started his language studies.


Here was the Latin school of Friedrich Rückert
Here was the Latin school of Friedrich Rückert


Rückert's work in the Archives of the Rückert Society

One of the best connoisseurs of the language poet leads us on the traces of the poet through the city to the archive of the Rückert Society. The historian Dr. Rudolf Kreutner is the keeper of the Schweinfurt holdings of Rückertiania and introduces us to the language genius in all its facets. "Rückert wrote down everything that concerned him in the form of a poem." He also shows us a packet of handwritten pieces of paper.

"Rückert always had small pieces of paper in his pocket, on which he kept the thoughts that were going through his head in poem form." In total, he is said to have written more than 20.000 poems in his life. It will be interesting if we take a closer look at these poems and texts. Friedrich Rückert apparently thought in the languages ​​he mastered, because the text we are looking at is written in different languages. Sometimes he even changes from one language to the next in one sentence.


Saadis Bostan by Friedrich Rückert
Saadis Bostan by Friedrich Rückert
Valuable original editions
Valuable original editions


In any case, the Rückert Society owns most of the holdings of Friedrich Rückert's manuscripts. Dr. Kreutner proudly shows them to us and explains what the book prints contain. The poet's creative wealth was almost inexhaustible. The two-meter-tall man wrote more than 300 love songs for his wife Luise alone. He dealt with the loss of his children by writing death songs. There are also more than 300 of them.


The dearest heart has woken up
The dearest heart has woken up
Closely described - handwritten notes
Closely described - handwritten notes
Oriental legends of Friedrich Rückert
Oriental legends of Friedrich Rückert


Friedrich Rückert is still shaping Schweinfurt today

If you want to explore Schweinfurt in the footsteps of Friedrich Rückert yourself, you can do so on a themed city tour. The chronicler Leonhard Enderlein leads through the city in historical garb for an hour and a half, giving insights into the life and work of the famous man. Today a street is named after him. In the "Small Coffee Roaster" you can also order a Rückert espresso from Elke Hofmann. On the coffee menu it is described as "a selection of pure arabica with a nice crema".

When we want to try it, there is none in stock. That's why we choose the Luisen espresso instead. This bears the name of Rückert's wife. We want to know what espresso has to do with Friedrich Rückert. However, our expectations that we will now hear a lecture about how much the poet himself loved drinking coffee have been disappointed. “We named this roast mixture after one of the outstanding men in our city, just like the street in front of our café is called Rückert-Straße.” The explanation can be so banal. However, we still liked the Luisen espresso.


Friedrich Rückert Espresso
Friedrich Rückert Espresso


World poetry is world reconciliation

It was 150 years ago that Friedrich Rückert died. He is buried in Coburg. His conviction that "world poetry alone is world reconciliation" is the subject of the literary exhibition "The World Poet", which went on a journey through Franconia in 2016. Your guiding principle could hardly be more current. Finding one's own cultural identity in order to engage with foreign cultures so that integration succeeds.


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Travel Arrangements:

The little coffee roasting
Rückertstrasse 13
97421 Schweinfurt
Tel 09721 / 5333414

Further information:

Franken Tourism
Mailbox 44 04 53
90209 Nuremberg / Germany
Telephone 0911 / 94151-0
Fax 0911 / 94151-10

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If you want to get a taste of the poems of Friedrich Rückert, then click here: Ritornelle, poem by Friedrich Rückert with illustrations by Margarete Gilge

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Source: own research on site. We would like to thank Schweinfurt Tourismus for their invitation to this trip. Our opinion remains our own.

Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Video: © Copyright Petar Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline

Friedrich Rückert, linguistic genius & world poet

Monika Fuchs

Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Slow Travel and Enjoyment travel blog TravelWorldOnline Traveller. You have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Your topics are Trips to Savor and wine tourism worldwide and Slow Travel. During her studies, Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she traveled to the USA and Canada - sometimes together with Petar Fuchs - and spent a research year in British Columbia. This strengthened her thirst for knowledge, which she pursued for 6 years Adventure Guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as Study tour guide for Studiosus Reisen tried to breastfeed all over the world. She constantly expanded her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: “What is beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do you eat in this region?” These are the questions she is now trying to answer as a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), among others. travel writer and travel blogger answers in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is below Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021 Other Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs. Recommendations on LinkedIn from tourism experts Further recommendations from cooperation partners and tourism experts Professional experience Monika on LinkedIn