It is my pleasure to bring you the second installment of our visual blog on Plato and Nietzsche, based on the beautiful photos and videos taken by author Mark Anderson as he explored significant places in these philosophers' lives. Yesterday we wandered round Plato's Academy just outside Athens. Today, we take you to the shores of Lake Sils in Switzeland.
NIETZSCHE's Summer Haunts
Nietzsche stayed in Sils-Maria during the summers of 1881 and 1883-1888. In Sils itself is Lake Sils, where the Chasté peninsula was a favorite site of Nietzsche’s - he fantasized about building a hermit’s hut. In the mountains above Sils there is Val Fex, or the Fex Valley, through which Nietzsche enjoyed hiking. In the little town next to Sils is Lake Silvaplana, on the shores of which stand the so-called “Zarathustra Stone,” the site of Nietzsche's initial insight into the Eternal Return (the stone itself is a fifty-minute walk from Sils). Read on to explore...
This was the house in Sils-Maria owned by the Durisch family, who lived here and had a little grocery on the ground floor. Nietzsche stayed in an upstairs room when he came to Sils-Maria. Today this is the Nietzsche Haus museum and research library.
This video is taken from a spot about a 3-minute walk from the Nietzsche Haus. The scene is Lake Sils, with the Chasté peninsula in the foreground.
On the road from Sils-Maria toward lake Silvaplana: a hot-air balloon floats above the lake.
“Lake Sils” (photo): This is taken on the descent from the Fedoz Valley above Isola (the little town visible in the foreground below). What may look like a large forested island near the shore on the far side of the lake is the Chasté peninsula projecting from the meadow beside Sils-Maria.
This panorama is taken looking across Lake Silvaplana toward Sils-Maria, with wild flowers in the foreground.
This video begins with the water flowing from the waterfall into Lake Silvaplana, shows the back side of the Zarathustra Stone, then Sils-Maria, and finally pans over Lake Silvaplana back to the waterfall.
This final photo shows a close-up of the Zarathustra Stone on the shore of Lake Silvaplana.