Goethe House
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighborhood: Innenstadt
How to get there
  • Willy-Brandt-Platz / Europäische Zentralbank (European Central Bank) (in 1980 Theaterplatz) • 4 min walk
  • Hauptwache • 4 min walk
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122 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
A wonderful visit to the past with just the right amount of historic information provided for the visual treats found here. The pride and beauty of the workmanship in the furniture was worth the visit. Everything else was icing on the cake.
Written February 10, 2020
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Desmond C
Cardiff, UK351 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
This is Germany's answer to Shakespeare. If you like history then learn a little of the background. 10 Euros entry fee with no reduction for seniors. Plenty of stairs so not really suitable for the infirm with even more stairs for the adjoining museum of fairy stories and associated fables. Good to spend 3 hours on a rainy day which it was when I visited.
Written December 16, 2023
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Paul P
Dallas, TX474 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
Even if this had not been Goethe’s birthplace it would be worth seeing as a house museum. Of course it is a post WWII reconstruction, but very interesting nevertheless. There are three full floors of rooms and Goethe memorabilia to see. Very well presented and there are guide cards available in multiple languages including English.

Have a coffee or drink at the Utopia Cafe next door when you finish!
Written December 29, 2022
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Christina S
Newport News, VA107 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
I was only in Frankfurt to catch a plane, but looked for something to do the day before. This turned out to be an interesting visit. Admittedly, I am not well-versed about Goethe, but know the basics. Honestly, if this had been Hans the baker's preserved house it would have been just as cool to visit. The architecture was comely, the furnishings were alternately elegant and over the top. There is a lovely garden with an immense fig tree. The still-green figs were as big as my fist! I'd have loved to have gotten a ripe one.

Upstairs is a whole art museum. I didn't even see the entire thing. The staircase to access it reminded me of a Fritz Lang movie. If you go, you'll see what I mean.

It was certainly worth the visit.
Written August 17, 2023
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bsandrs
Portsmouth, UK22,686 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
Whilst some will have great knowledge, we, like many, knew little of the story of Goethe other than the Faust and Werther legends through Opera productions. The visit therefore opened our eyes to both the personal history of the family and the social conditions and life in Frankfurt at the time. We spent several hours in the building, indeed a number of groups followed and passed us during our stay. Even then, I am sure there was much that we missed and we would return on a further visit to the City.
Written July 2, 2019
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MikeP9111
London, UK77 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Couples
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 of the stairs, and the current Goethe House was reconstructed in the late 1940s.

Despite this, it is an excellent place to visit and the house has been very convincingly rebuilt to the original specifications, right down to creaky floorboards and antique wallpaper. Fortunately, most of the furniture is original as it was put into storage during the war.

Entry is 7 Euros, half price if you have a Frankfurt card. This is good value, as the house has four floors which are all open to the public, there is a garden and courtyard, and the price includes entry to an adjoining art gallery.

It was a very interesting place to visit, and should appeal to most people who enjoy heritage buildings.
Written December 16, 2014
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mikechangsha
Changsha, China72 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2011 • Friends
Even if you're not interested in Goethe, it's cool to visit this house for a look at upper class German life in the 18th century. The 4-floor house is kept in really good condition and basically as it was when Goethe lived there. But the best thing about this place, and I haven't seen any other reviews mention this, is the audio guide - the best I've ever used, which is pretty odd considering that this is not some kind of major attraction. It's an interactive touchscreen with overviews of all the rooms, and individual bits about various pieces of furniture, books, paintings, etc. You can design your own tour and learn (or not learn) about practically everything in the house. I've used audio guides all over the world and this is definitely the best, it really makes the house so much more interesting. Other museums should take a note!
Written January 2, 2012
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Foxey2
Sydney, Australia163 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Couples
This is ranked on Trip Advisor as one of the must see places in Frankfurt. Not being a scholar of Goethe, I visited without too much background other than he wrote the play Faust. Having visited I learned that he came from an educated and privileged family in Frankfurt and for his time he was an intellectual giant. The visit expanded my limited knowledge and has opened the door to learn more of this extraordinary artist, poet and writer. Doing the visit without the Audio guide would be a waste of time. There is insufficient information to hold your attention or convey the background knowledge that the place commemorates. He lived the first 26 years of his life in this house. Currently the Audio Guide is an extra 3 Euro on top of the 7 Euro entry ticket – which confuses the uninformed visitor. They don’t know if it is worth a nearly 50% premium on the entry price. I believe the management should change the policy and not make the audio optional. The entry should include the Audio Guide even if the price is increased slightly. Besides it is very well done and holds the visitors interest. The house is large and guide leads through the four floors at a pace that the visitor selects. Each room is described and then the visitor can select more information on selected elements in the room if they wish. The descriptions are concise and not laboured. What also interested me was the associated museum with its extensive collection of art works by painters from the same period of history as Goethe. It gives the visitor an idea of the thinking and the view of the world that intellectuals had at that time – which is at about the time that Australia, as yet unknown to Europe, was being discovered by Cook in the late 1700’s. For me it was a very enlightening visit.
Written September 30, 2015
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Xaviero76
Geneva, Switzerland102 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2012 • Couples
You would think they would have information in several languages! But no, they don't. Every little description for every piece in the museum is in German. Frankly, there is space, and I bet they have the couple of thousand Euros it would take to translate and display the descriptions in English and French (at least!).
The house was interesting, when complemented with the audio-tour. The museum must have been interesting but everything was written in German, so we fled by; the air was unbearably dry and stale.
I thought they failed in describing the main works of Goethe for people who don't know about his work. Only in the improvised gift shop you could find reference to his work.
If you are in Frankfurt, by all means go. But don't expect to find something like Mozart House in Vienna; or the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam. From a museography point of view, this is rather sub-standard.
The highlight of the house was the astronomical clock on the 3th floor. A work of art. And not highlighted enough in the audio-tour or on the labels.
Written October 2, 2012
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prateek_mittal
New Delhi, India346 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Its a multi story house of the german equivalent to shakespere. Each floor allows an interesting peak into life in the past. The massive clock on the 2nd floor to me was the highlight of the house. It tell the time, date, month, lunar and solar years, Zodiac and all that without electricity - simply amalzing - request a volunteer on site to explain you this piece that is simply amazing and hard to express in words - must visit
Written December 19, 2010
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