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Goethe House (Goethehaus)

Address: Grosser Hirschgraben 23 - 25, 60311 Frankfurt, Hesse, Germany (Altstadt)
Phone Number: 49 0 69 1 38 80-0
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Ranked #13 of 117 Attractions in Frankfurt
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks
Fee: Yes
Owner description: The house in which the legendary writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe...
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Type: Historic Sites, 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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Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
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44 reviews 44 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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6 helpful votes 6 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Excellent. A fantastic experience well worth the visit. A credit to all those involved in recreating the house and establishing the museum. The PDA tour guide is a must if you are taking the tour by yourself as there are many explanations that require the detail, the Atronomical Clock for example. A real insight and appreciation of the life of... More 

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St. Louis, Missouri
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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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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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