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Goethe's House

Goethe's House, Frankfurt. Photo by D. Hall, courtesy of Goethe-Haus Frankfurt am Main

Hours: Daily 10am-6pm (until 5.30pm Sun)
Cost: €4; concessions €3; children free-€1.50
Visitors can explore the recreated study, extensive library and puppet theatre in this bourgeois central Frankfurt townhouse of Germany's most famous literary son. The museum adjacent to 16th-century Goethe's House has portraits of him by friends, including Caspar David Friedrich.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's father, the Imperial Councillor Johann Caspar Goethe, inherited the two attached half-timbered houses and completely remodelled them to create the epitome of a Rococco bourgeois dwelling. Unfortunately the entire house was destroyed during the Second World War, but has since been reconstructed.

Visitors enter the house through a courtyard and then stroll through the Peking Room, so-called after its chinoiserie wallpaper, and the music room where the family would gather after dinner to play and sing. Upstairs is the family library, a literary treasure trove containing more than 2000 antiquarian books, and the picture room. On the top floor visitors can see Goethe's puppet theatre, the author's first experience of drama, next to the poetry room, which undoubtedly gave the budding genius plenty of food for thought during his childhood. In this 16th-century Gothic house, he began his masterwork, Faust and wrote Die Leiden des jungen Werther (The Sorrows of Young Werther).

In addition to the house itself, visitors can also check out the Goethe Museum, which contains a gallery of paintings illustrating Goethe's life and times. The main attractions are the portraits of Goethe, his friends and contemporaries, including works by Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840) and Johann Heinrich Fussli (1741-1825).

Guided tours are held daily at 10am and 2pm. Please call the museum for more details.
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