He is regarded as the perfecter and conqueror of German Romanticism and is still considered one of the most important local authors: Heinrich Heine, writer, poet and journalist, was born in 1797 in the rear part of this building.
That fact that he would be the one to bring modern literary forms to the world such as feature articles, the Loreley song and the epic poem "Germany. A Winter's tale”, seemed at first unlikely. Heine left today's Görres-Gymnasium (secondary school) in 1814 without graduating to enrol in a commercial school according to his family tradition. Thanks to the support of his uncle Salomon, however, he was later able to pursue his literary passion. His birthplace, which today houses the literary bookshop Müller & Böhm, is not the only place reminiscent of the great poet in his native city Düsseldorf. The University of Düsseldorf also bears his name.