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Goethe House (Goethehaus)

Grosser Hirschgraben 23 - 25, 60311 Frankfurt, Hesse, Germany (Altstadt)
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Ranked #19 of 134 Attractions in Frankfurt
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks
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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 belongings.
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St. Louis, Missouri
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111 reviews 111 reviews
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81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

If you only do one thing in Frankfurt, go here. The house was rebuilt to original plans after WWII, but the furnishings and even Goethe's childhood puppet theater were stored safely away and preserved. There is also an impressive art gallery in the building where one purchases one's tickets. All very impressive. It is self guided with laminated brochures describing... More

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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

I enjoyed the paintings and the accurate reconstruction of the house (rebuilt after the war). However, I found that the the docents were overprotective and downright unfriendly. For some strange reason they followed us around by walking directly behind us the entire visit. it was uncomfortable and had it not been for that, the visit would have been much better.... More

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Hafnarfjordur, Iceland
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Goethe is a giant in the world of literature. Seeing the birthplace of such a person is always very interesting

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

the house is so well preserved, is like goign back in time, loved it. the upsteirs museum with great works of arts is very good, and nobody seems to go there except by me .. maybe there are not enought signs for people to visit. one BAD review about it, in many exposed itens NO ENGLISH at all, hey people... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Loved the decor, the garden, the history, and the shop. Great displays and we loved being able to see the house at a leisurely pace.

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Heraklion Crete
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

It's just excellent. Many and various artifacts inside. Very well organized. Worthy to pay a visit, and try not to miss it. I

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Sao Paulo, Brazil
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I stopped in Frankfurt just to see that. It was really nice to see that place. The building has 4 floors and is well preserved.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The reconstructed house has furniture from Goethe's house and it is interesting but there are no texts to read from the great man, no Mailied coming out of speakers and a half an hour tourist experience at most. To which the service and help from staff needs to be improved. It takes about 30 minutes at most to go around.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Admittedly went here because it was the tourist thing to do so I did did not know what exactly to expect but i am really glad that I visited. The restoration is incredible - the furnishings and squeaky floorboards really take you back in time. I would've learned a lot more about Goethe if there had been more English translations... More

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Belo Horizonte, MG
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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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