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Cusanus Geburtshaus

Cusanus Geburtshaus
Nikolausufer 49
54470 Bernkastel-Kues

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Birthplace of Nicholas of Cusa

A large flag welcomes visitors to the house situated on Nikolausufer 49 in the district of Kues in Bernkastel-Kues. This is where the famous philosopher, mystic, natural scientist and cardinal was born in 1401. His birthplace hosts the permanent exhibition “Nicholas of Cusa, 1401 - 1464, Life and Works”, which is a documentary by Dr. Helmut Gestrich in collaboration with the state media centre of Rhineland-Palatinate (Landesbildstelle Rheinland-Pfalz) and the Cusanus Society Bernkastel-Kues. The exhibition informs about Nicholas of Cusas descent, his education, studies and ministry, his visible inheritance like the Cusanus Hospital, as well as his intellectual inheritance in his publications. Professor Erich Meuthen explains the stages of his life and his long legation of 1451/52. Apart from that, the globe game, the deed of foundation of the St. Nicholas Hospital as well as numerous facsimiles complement the collection.

On February 12, 1440 he accomplished his philosophical masterpiece “De docta ignorantia”, which is like a boundary stone between the Middle Ages and modern times, in this very house. It replaced medieval theology along with geocentrism with a new explanation of the cosmos, which even exceeded Copernicus, Galileo and Kepler and proved to be principally right in the light of the modern astrophysics of Albert Einstein.

Today, the birthplace of Nicholas of Cusa is the local centre of cultural life such as art exhibitions, colloquies, lectures, music and festivities on diverse occasions.

Opening times:

April 16 till October 31: Summer opening times
Tuesday till Saturday from 11 a.m. till 5 p.m.
Sundays and holidays from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m.
Last entry 30 minutes before closing. Guided tours and large groups by appointment!


November 1 till April 15: Winter opening times
Tuesday till Saturday from 1 p.m. till 5 p.m.
Sundays and holidays from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m.
Last entry 30 minutes before closing. Guided tours and large groups by appointment!

Exhibition fees:
Children up to 14 years: Free
Young people, pupils, students, people with disabilities: 2,00 Euro
Adults: 4,00 Euro
With guest card: 3,00 Euro

Guided tours are charged separately. Please contact the administration.

Birthplace of Nicholas of Cusa
- Cusanus Geburtshaus -
Nikolausufer 49
54470 Bernkastel-Kues
management: Gerhard W. Kluth
ph.: 06531 - 2831
mail: geburtshaus(at)bernkastel-kues.de

More on Nicholas of Cusa at www.cusanus.de.