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Karl Marx House

Bruckenstrasse 10, Trier, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
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Ranked #16 of 150 attractions in Trier
Type: Historic Sites
Traveler Description: The home where Karl Marx was born and educated as a child.  Don't expect to see period furnishings--this museum focuses on the development of Marx's... more »
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Westchester, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We enjoyed a great audio tour in English...we learned a lot...yea, they swing it to promote his ideology a bit, but still worth the experience!

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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Marx must be one of the most stereotyped figures in history. The museum traces his life from his birth in Trier to his demise in exile in London. The information presented is thorough and, fortunately, has not been dumbed down. The museum doesn't just describe Marx's life but also his influence on others and their interpretations of his philosophy. His... More

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Limerick, Ireland
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

As others have rightfully remarked there are very few artifacts in this 'museum'. That is because it was already a museum in the 1930s and the Nazis destroyed everything in it. Under these circumstances the designers have had to fill in details with many posters, photos and (all-German) text. The saving grace is the audio guide - included in the... More

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Antwerp, Belgium
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8 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 via mobile

This has to be my worst experience in Trier and the most expensive one. They renovated the house but destroyed every element from the time when he was born. All the walls are covered by huge panels with text(German only), an audio guide is available. I'm into history so I know the backstory a bit but was overwhelmed with plain... More

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Fairfield, Connecticut
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

This contained a lot of history about Karl Marx's life. If you do not read German there are head sets available in many languages. This is not a casual museum to visit - you should be interested in history and prepared to be given a lot of information. We were with out two college age children who enjoyed the visit... More

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Boone, North Carolina, United States
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7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Marx lived her for a time, although he was born in another house near the Porta Nigra. The exhibits are (or were) notated in German only, making it hard for a non-German speaker to understand just what historical significance they have.

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London, United Kingdom
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102 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

The actraction is mainly reccommended for the people that would like to learn a bit more about Karl Marx life and his philosophy. it is however very educational. Given the amount of reading involved I would not consider the place suitable for kids.

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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Visiting the Marx House brought back the old college course memories. None of the signs are in English, but you are given a VERY detailed audiologue. So if you have any interest in the personal bio of Karl Marx, the evolution of his political and economic theories, his work with Engels and Bukharin, and what finally happened, this unique museum... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Detailed history of Karl Marx, his life and philosophy. Interesting, but a lot of reading involved. Headphones in English were very helpful.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

The house is architecturally interesting (courtyard is half-timbered), but easy to overlook from the street. We overshot it on the first attempt. There are very few artifacts in the house, it is a history tour, the history of Marxism. Interesting, but I sure wouldn't take kids or anyone with no interest in the area. But maybe a few horizons will... More

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