Cities & Culture
Goethe House and Goethe Museum Frankfurt am Main
A visit to the reconstructed Goethe House in Frankfurt reveals a lot about the life of Johann Wolfgang Goethe, as this is where he was born, grew up with his parents and penned his first works of literature.
According to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's words in his autobiography "Poetry and Truth", he was born "on the stroke of twelve" on 28 August 1749. The 17th-century house in which he was born on Grosser Hirschgraben was destroyed during the Second World War but has been faithfully restored since then. And today it is home to the Goethe House and Goethe Museum. On the ground floor, visitors can explore the kitchen and Goethe's mother's reception room. The library and his father's art collection are also open to the public. The family's music room is home to a rare pyramid piano that dates back to 1745.
The top floor is where Goethe's famous puppet theatre is displayed and visitors can also take a look at Johann Wolfgang's writing room, which is where he penned his first works of literature. The Goethe Museum also boasts an extensive collection of paintings, drawings and busts from the 18th and 19th centuries to portray Goethe's many relationships, acquaintances and life stages. Opening times: Monday to Saturday: 10 am–6 pm, Sunday: 10 am–5.30 pm