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Goethe House

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Address: Grosser Hirschgraben 23 - 25, 60311 Frankfurt, Hesse, Germany
Phone Number: +49 69 138800
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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The house in which the legendary German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe...

The house in which the legendary German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe lived his early years in invites you to discover the place and to learn more about life in the 18th century. Next to the historical site you can visit the Goethe-Museum, a collection of marvelous paintings of Goethe's era that takes you on a journey from Goethe's youth in Frankfurt to his elder years in Weimar and beyond. Furthermore there are special exhibitions taking place. For more information please visit our website.

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Self-tour a peek into writer's life

Any writer who has written a tale that features someone making a deal with the devil owes an unpayable debt to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. From Robert Johnson's Crossroads to Damn... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Washington DC, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

While I’ve heard about the Goethe House growing up (mainly in 6 years of German classes), when visiting and seeing it (from the outside only), it was quite unremarkable.

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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Any writer who has written a tale that features someone making a deal with the devil owes an unpayable debt to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. From Robert Johnson's Crossroads to Damn Yankees, from Beethoven to Mahler and beyond, Faustian deals are the stuff of literature and music, but it all started here, in this house, where Goethe penned his two... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Rainy day in Frankfurt and I needed a good, dry indoor activity. I saw Goethe's childhood home was near my hotel, so I headed over. If you're a fan of Goethe this is a must visit. If you're not a Goethe fan it's still a very interesting visit. It's a look into how a wealthy family lived in Frankfurt in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Goethe museum offers a very intimate view on the life of poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe himself. His family led a rather bourgeois lifestyle, the house shows the typical way of life of a German well-to-do family in 18th century. Goethe, the not so talented son of a well-renowned lawyer, from childhood onwards was more into poetry and lyrics.... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went because of the recommendation and while it was an ok visit, I don't think this is the museum that is a must. Most of the works are reproductions, the house is old and while Goethe lived there, nothing about it was really impressive.

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Frankfurt, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The childhood home of Goethe and one of Frankfurt's top tourist attractions. Not nearly as cool as Goethe's own house in Weimar, though.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016 via mobile

It's a reconstruction, but it gives an insight as how a quite well off family lived at the end of 18th century in Germany. The guided tour is excellent to know more about the history of the Goethe Family. Open on Monday when all otherMuseums are closed A nice museum shop. Entrance expensive

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

This house gives the flavour of Goethe's home in the 18th century. He was born here in this large 4 story house. Each room is decorated in authentic style of the period (his lifespan was 1749-1828) and focuses on family life. From the ceramic stoves for heating to the silk and/or hand painted wall coverings, the plank flooring and the... More 

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The Woodlands, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

The small museum displays copies of a variety of literary classics, first editions, not only of German literature, but Portuguese, English, French, and of course Goethe's ouevres.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

The house is very interesting and the guide excellent. It is atmospheric and wonderful to imagine the young Goethe growing up in this comfortable house. Fortunately we took the staircase to the Art Gallery and as we had it to ourselves though there were many people in the house we concluded that people miss this. There is a great collection... More 

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