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Goethe House (Goethehaus)

Grosser Hirschgraben 23 - 25, 60311 Frankfurt, Hesse, Germany (Altstadt)
49 0 69 1 38 80-0
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As featured in 3 days in Frankfurt
Ranked #18 of 129 attractions in Frankfurt
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Sites
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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... more » 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. « less
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Belo Horizonte, MG
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Small museum with just some few collections. 7 Euros plus 3 for the really poor audio guide. Better for whom loves literature and can read in German because the best place is the library.

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014 via mobile

Goethe lived several lives in the late 18th century: he was a poet, writer, statesman and scientist. His house provides a nice overview on these many Goethes. Well-worth the visit, though a knowledge of German made it more enjoyable.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Goethe is to Germany what Shakespeare was to England. The house where Goethe lived most of his life and the museum next to it stand testimony to the great writer whose works are greatly recognized all over the world. Frankfurt has a 1200 year history and Goethe is an integral part of this.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Never read one of his books, never even heard of the guy, but some travel website told me to visit his house, and so I obediently did. It's a pretty cool house, mostly restored due to the Germans getting pummeled by Ally artillery during WW2. Good riddance, I say. Def worth checking out.

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St. Ives, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Beautifully, painstakingly rebuilt house that was almost entirely destroyed during the war (although the furnishings are original as they were removed for safe keeping). Fascinating artifacts from Goethe's life and times, including pieces like the very desk he wrote Faust and Werther on. The accompanying art museum tells a story nicely, with the pieces related to Goethe's times and circle.... More

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Went there with a lot of stall (stores) selling local delicacies and German favorite foods close to it, Goethe, famous for: "If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be... More

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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

We didn't know much about Johann Wolfgang von Goethe when we arrived, but it looked like a nice short visit and we were pleasantly surprised. Really well preserved 18-19th century house with interesting info on an interesting man and his life as a poet. It's one of those places that when you look around you think, 'oh gosh I could... More

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Dover, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

It was lovely stepping back in time into this 'faithful copy' of the house where Goethe himself grew up and wrote some of his best works. The information available around the house is extremely interesting and the staff are very helpful.

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

I know nothing, and I mean nothing about Goethe. I went to this museum for a couple of hours, and took the audio guide. It is a glimpse into old time life in Frankfurt, all traces were bombed into oblivion in WWII. This house has a lot of original furniture, books and paintings from the time of Goethe, and I... More

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Brasilia, DF
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

For everyone who likes culture, the house/museum is very good. Back to Frankfurt back to Goethe,s house.

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