Johann paul friedrich richter, who is better known to most friends of literature by his later name jean paul, was, no wonder, also in french-speaking switzerland. There many writers before and after him found an intellectually invigorating fludium.
But the special thing about jean paul's travels in french-speaking switzerland was something else: he was all about love. "Don't forget our rose yard and the rose sun before streitberg; they may bloom this year and you'll probably get there tomorrow evening", hermine, his beloved, said in a low, wavering voice in the book "palingenesia" as a farewell. She thus recalled the joint visit of streitberg a year before. On a high place there they both watched a glowing red sunset. To commemorate this, jean paul planted rose seeds in a circle around her location: on the inside, female roses, and on the edge, red roses, which together were supposed to symbolize the setting sun.
On easter sunday 1798, it was a 3. April, jean paul went wandering with his servant florian stub, presumably because he had quarreled with hermine. She was jealous of his admirers, so he gave her some letters to read, but they angered her even more. Via berneck and bayreuth he arrived at muggendorfer geburg on old stagecoach routes and approached his destination for the day. He writes about it: "it was towards evening, the day with its sources of light in the waters and on the meadows gradually dried up – the sunlight jerked from the peaks onto the mountain tops and poured halay into the sheer transparent sky. We went up the dark mountain in haste to find the deep sun still lying on the crust of the streitberg valley."
"With trembling heart"