Visiting the Goethe Haus
Germany’s most well known poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born with a silver spoon in his mouth in 1749 and visiting his birthplace gives you an authentic impression on how wealthy people used to live in Frankfurt am Main about three hundred years ago. You do not have to be especially interested in literature or poetry in order to enjoy your visit to the Goethe Haus and to benefit enormously from it.
The young Goethe become very famous all over Europe after he had written “Werther” at the age of twenty-four and was a kind of super star in his days. So enjoy your visit of the Goethe Haus and maybe you will become interested in reading something … written by that funny guy called Goethe who left Frankfurt when he was about 16 years of age … he never came back … and lived happily together with his help “Christiane” for 18 years without being married before the two of them finally got married … which was seen as a scandal beyond description in these days. Firstly, because Christiane was not “suitable” according to “class” and secondly, nobody used to live together in the eighteenth century – whatever class – without a marriage certificate.
The complete interior of the Goethe Haus (including the original wall tapestries and floorboards) was brought to the country side in order to protect it during the second world war. The house itself was heavily destroyed during World War II and was re-erected after the war. The furniture is the original and the old squeaking wooden floors are also giving you a lively impression of the 18th century. The upper crust style of living in Frankfurt in these days is reflected by the huge library of Goethe’s father, the massive collection of oil paintings, and the precious interiors all over the house.
The kitchen is one of the most interesting rooms in the Goethe Haus. The wealthy Goethe family also had their own well in the spacious garden at the back of the house which also shows that this household was among the most priviledged ones in Frankfurt. The usual crowd had to go to the many public wells in order to get fresh water in these days. In 1815 the city of Frankfurt had forty-one-thousand inhabitants and around 220 wells which were open to the public.
Included in the entrance fee for the Goethe-Haus is a guided tour through the house which is held in German only. A guide is showing the visitors through the rooms of the Goethehaus and is introducing you to one or the other story about Goethe. The Goethe-Haus is open seven days a week – which is nice as most of the museums in Frankkfurt am Main as well as all over Europe are closed on Mondays. The guided tour is recommended … even if your German isn’t very good … you might get inspired … 🙂
Opening hours of the Goethe-Haus and the Goethe-Museum
Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 06:00 p.m.
Sundays & public holidays: 10.a.m. – 05:30 p.m.
The guided tours of the Goethe-Haus are held in German and are included in the entrance fee and they are free for individual travellers
Monday – Sunday: starting time: 02:00 p.m. and 04:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: starting time: 10:30 a.m., 02:00 p.m . and, 04:00 p.m.
PDAs are available in German, English, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean. (cost: .3,00 EUR per person)