Kaspar Hauser

One day in May of 1828 a strange man turned up at Unschlittplatz in Nuremberg. He wore an old frock coat and torn breeches. On his head was a wide-brimmed hat, his feet were stuck in open riding boots. He spoke in unintelligible words and was afraid, like a disturbed animal. He knew nothing in the world except his own name: Kaspar Hauser.

Kaspar Hauser was treated as a rarity in Nuremberg. Soon he was known throughout Europe for his remarkable behaviour. He was as helpless as a small child. He always walked with his hands over his eyes. His senses of touch and hearing were extraordinary, his ability to learn was enormous. Soon this stranger was the ideal subject for scholars, who studied the human body and soul. And still today Kaspar Hauser is the epitome of modern research into human behaviour.

A few years later Kaspar Hauser was set upon by a masked man. When others came to Kaspar’s aid, the masked man let him go and called out, "f you talk, you won’t get away with it alive." ears later in Ansbach, Kaspar Hauser was indeed stabbed to death by an unknown person with a dagger. Only recently has it been learned through a genetic test of the blood on his coat that he wasn’t the son and heir of Duke Karl von Baden, as had been long believed. Who was he then?

A sign at Unschlittplatz shows where Kaspar Hauser was seen in 1828 for the first time. Nobody knows who he was. In the mirror in room no. 23 you may perhaps see who you really are.