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Frankfurt Goethe House, Frankfurt

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Safely stored away when the Allies bombed Frankfurt during World War II, the original furnishings from writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's family were later brought out to decorate Frankfurt Goethe House, the author's birthplace. The house was built in wooden-fronted medieval style in 1600. In 1755, Goethe's father completely remodeled it. The home was destroyed during the war but was rebuilt and opened in 1952. A magnificent staircase connects the floors: The top floor features an exhibit on the home's history and its residents; next, a floor with the room where Goethe likely was born, as well as his sister's bedroom; below that, a music room; and finally the entrance hall and kitchen. Consider using the audio guide as you tour the building. With our online itinerary creator, Frankfurt attractions like Frankfurt Goethe House can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Important stage in the city of Frankfurt. The Goethe House, despite having been destroyed during World War II, is well worth a visit. Reconstruction after the war, has managed to bring back the property in its original composition.
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  • This visit was disappointing - there was no real narrative about Goethe's life, and the historical context of Frankfurt at the time. The house was spartan, and most rooms without much included in them...  more »
  • The Goethe Haus is certainly a must while visiting Frankfurt. With guide or audio guide you can get a good impression in the history of the family.
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  • I like it, nice feeling to get an idea about the daily life some hundred years ago but then I've come to know that Goethe stayed many more houses just like the one in Strasbourg :)
  • Getting to walk inside the house Goethe was raised and lived is rather interesting. I expected more opportunity to read or see some of Goethe's famous works or quotes but that wasnt part of the museum.
  • Surprisingly big, surprisingly interesting. The digital guide is worth it, just make sure to check the battery and the volume before entering the museum, as you cannot adjust the volume yourself.
  • More interesting than I expected. That said, it's an old house with matching furniture.
  • I was supprised of how interesting the museum was for me, especially the house of Goethes parents itself. I think there were 4 stories and each room was completely different and beautiful to look at. With a sheet from the entry you have the explanation of the different rooms in various languages and everything feels quite old and aged. Kids and students pay 1.50€, which is very cheap in my opinion, I had a reduced price with the Frankfurt-Card, which was 3 €.

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Hauptwache, Konstablerwache, and the Main river enclose the heart of the city, an area of activity with a range lodging options. The old section of the Sachsenhausen area is also an epicenter of activity with a range of accommodations; it also offers a vibrant nightlife. For short stay, consider lodging in the Bahnhofsviertel area near the main train station, which provides easy access to the city center and to international train transport.
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