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Goethe House (Goethehaus)

Address: Grosser Hirschgraben 23 - 25, 60311 Frankfurt, Hesse, Germany (Innenstadt)
Phone Number: 49 0 69 1 38 80-0
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Ranked #14 of 119 Attractions in Frankfurt
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Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Owner description: The house in which the legendary writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe...
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Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Owner description: The house in which the legendary writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe lived his early years has been restored with many of his family's original belongings.
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Zagreb, Croatia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Atmosphere is very old and cozy. Very pretty rooms with lots of old furniture, a lot of old books, some of Goethe's poems on the walls. Some people complain that it looks new, but if I remember right, one part had to be renewed because of the fire.

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Diamond Bar, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

If you love Goethe's poetry, then this charmingly restored house will give you a peek into the childhood of one of the literary greats.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

It looks like it was built in the last 10 years! Sure they've done a couple of rooms up, but it it right to even call it his house any more?

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Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
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44 reviews 44 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

This is an excellent place where you can see the rebuilt house and the growing up of Goethe! Even If I have had a bad experience with one of the museum's staff, the rest of them were ok! The fact was that the lady came to me in a rude way telling me I could not sit in the chair.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

If you like historical houses, this is the closest you are likely to get to one in Frankfurt. Because most of the buildings in Frankfurt were destroyed or gutted during the war, most of the historical buildings have been heavily rebuilt, and the Goethe House is one of them. After the war, all that remained was one wall and four... More 

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Izmir, Turkey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Most of the explanatory plates under the items exhibited were not in English, but only in German. I did not expect all the stuff revealed also in English but i naturally did so for most of it. His library and music room took my attention best. An opportunity for a closer look into the great man's early life. But the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Took an hour or a little more to see everything in the house. Give a good historical perspective of Goethe's early years and the early influences.

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Jerusalem, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

The actual house was a nicely-preserved exhibition and there were cards on each floor with information written in several languages. The exhibition beforehand was all in German and focused more on Goethe's work and influences (from what I could gather with my very limited German). If you're into Goethe I'd recommend paying for the audio tour for that section. Otherwise,... More 

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Frankfurt, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This place gives you an excellent idea about Goethe's home and growing up period. It is a must for people who love literature. Very nice place and easy to reach from the city center.

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Brit In Lux
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

The house has been totally rebuilt but still retains the essence of Goethe's era using a lot of original exhibits from the poet. Very important to the German culture so go and visit

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