The poet Heinrich Heine is one of the most famous sons of Düsseldorf. In 1797 he was born in a house on the Bolkerstrasse and spoke highly about his home during all his life.
The Heinrich Heine Institute, which is dedicated to writers, is located in the historic patrician houses of Bilker Strasse 12-14 and is an important centre for literary and cultural mediation with its archive, library, museum and numerous events. The only Heinrich Heine Museum in the world exhibits manuscripts, first editions and letters, contemporary portraits and Heine's death mask. The institute also houses the Rhine literature archive and the Robert Schumann Collection.