Since 1995 the Association for Town Marketing of Wetter ("Stadtmarketing für Wetter e.V.") works for the presentation of the location Wetter and the systematic prestige advertising as well as for improving the attractiveness of the town of Wetter (Ruhr) for citizens of Wetter (Ruhr), citizens of the surrounding area as well as resident and interested companies. The association wants to contribute by ideological, material and / or financial support for appropriate events in cultural, sporting, economic, social and / or environmental fields. The association can also achieve these purposes by implementing appropriate procedures (eg. planning and guidance documents, publications and related services).


Haus Hove

From a Manor to an Academy of Fine Arts

1300 until 1820

Already in 1300, a knight Kunibert from Burg Volmarstein lived in this stately home.

The manor was - as well as the Castle Volmarstein - closely linked to the Archbishop in Cologne. Already in 1324 it was conquered by the Count of Mark and destroyed.

In the first documented reference Henrich from Hoete to Hove purchased the existing asset in 1450. In 1561 the mansion was expanded; this is covered by the carved engraving shown on one of the two oriel windows on the south side.

The Nobles of Schwachenberg bought the property in 1745 for 6802 Taler and 4 Stüber from the Prussian Crown.

1820 until 1845: Henriette of Schwachenberg and Hoffmann von Fallersleben - the unfulfilled love

In March of 1820 August Heinrich Hoffmann, known as Hoffmann von Fallersleben (the writer of the "Germany Song"), decided to walk from Bonn to his family in Fallersleben.

With light luggage and full of exuberance he went his way along with Wilhelm Hengstenberg. Probably you would recorgnized them as students on the walk: Baseball cap, scarf, German rock, a mighty Ziegenhainer, a short pipe with black, red and gold tassels and a tobacco pouch hanging around the breast.

Happily they arrived in our beautiful Wetter - the home of Wilhelm Hengstenberg - and from there they moved to the neighboring Good Haus Hove. The lady of the house, Henrietta of Schwachenberg, greeted the two friends very friendly. After a divorce she had again taken her maiden name and was now living with two small children and her widowed father.

In a letter to Hoffmann, she wrote: "We women are not to be envied indeed. Our luck's been great when we are not unhappy." Hoffmann began to love the 5 years older woman seriously. He courted sincere, but found cautious reserve. She felt a great affection for the young man, but she did not escape external constraints and her negative experiences. Disappointed Hoffmann withdrew.

1842 Henriette, who married again but continued following Hoffmann's life and work with interest, had heared of the dismissal as a professor of the University and of the expulsion from Wroclaw. She wrote to him immediately and offered him support - including financial. In 1844 they met in Bad Soden. There Hoffmann also got to know Henrietta's second husband, the lawyer Gustav Foerster. A year later, in December 1845, she died.

Leaving behind was a lasting friendship between Foerster and Hoffmann von Fallersleben.

1871 until today

After a fire in 1871, the apartment building has been rebuilt. Older parts of the estate are known as the sheep barn and the round tower.

By presumably originating from the 1970s eyesores the view on the manor is obstructed by residential development from most sides, so that the architectural charm of the building itself usually is missed even by local experts. Since May 1, 2008 House Hove is the home of the Academy of Fine Arts in Wetter (Ruhr).

Picture gallery (3)

In the years 1819-2016, this picture gallery has been developed with impressions about Haus Hove. We cordially invite you to browse through this portfolio. Click on an image to enter the gallery mode. If you are an ambitious photographer, we would appreciate if you enrich this collection by providing your picture.