If you want the full picture, then these are the places to go: from the film museum through to Handel House, themed museums retrace the steps of notable personalities at authentic sites or highlight specific aspects of human life. For variety in scope and theme, look no further than the general museums.
According to Goethe himself, he was born "on the stroke of twelve" on 28 August 1749. Today the Goethe House and Goethe Museum stand on the site of the house in Grosser Hirschgraben where he was born, which has been faithfully restored.
Set in an elegant patrician residence in Lübeck's old quarter, the Willy Brandt House is an educational centre, museum and memorial dedicated to the German Chancellor and Nobel Peace Prize winner Willy Brandt
The Buddenbrooks House, which provides the setting for Thomas Mann's famous novel about the decline of the Buddenbrooks family, now contains a museum that has served as a tribute to the Mann family's literary legacy since 1993.