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Goethe's Frankfurt

A tour of the sites and sights associated with Germany's most famous author
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Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 4 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview :  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, angst-ridden author of the famous play "Faust," was born here in Frankfurt. This walking tour... more »

Tips:  Green and friendly Frankfurt is ideal for walking, but make sure you wear sturdy boots that cope with cobbled streets.
Bring sunblock ... more »

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Points of Interest

1. St Catherine's Church

Frankfurt's largest Lutheran church is where Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was baptised in 1749.

"On the 28th of August, 1749, at the stroke of midday, I was born into the world in Frankfurt am Main," Goethe wrote in his autobiography. Close to the Hauptwache, one of the city's major 18th century landmarks, this charming Gothic revival... More

One of the city's most famous sons, Goethe, angst-ridden author of the famous play Faust, lived in this steep-roofed building for many years, before moving to Weimar where he died.

Inside you'll find a a mixture of original furnishings and copies made after the house was destroyed during the Allied bombing of Frankfurt in 1944. These give a... More

The first, short-lived German National Assembly - henceforth known as the Paulskirchenparlament - met on 18 May 1848 in Frankfurt’s St Paul’s Church. Here they created a new constitution, giving universal suffrage and a parliamentary government under a united German state.

St Paul's Church was built to replace Barfusserkirche (Church of the... More

4. Haus zum Goldenen Brunnen

Look for the golden plaque outside of Haus zum Goldenen Brunnen (House of the Golden Fountain) where Goethe's mother, Catharina Elisabeth Goethe, lived from 1795 until her death in 1808. Note that you cannot visit the Haus zum Goldenen Brunnen, but it is an interesting landmark for Goethe fans.

At the heart of the Roßmarkt, this... More

5. Stadel Art Museum

From Altstadt, cross the bridge to Schaumannkai, where you'll find the Städel Art Museum, home to an important collection of European art dating from the 15th century to the present day.

Here amongst artworks including Lucas Cranach the Elder's Venus, Jan van Eyck's Madonna and various pieces signed by Picasso, you'll find German artist... More

6. Gerbermuhle Design Hotel

You could end your Goethe tour at the Stadel Art Mueum, but if you want to get a real feel for life in Frankfurt in the time of the city's famed poet, why not take a pleasant stroll along the river bank to The Gerbermühle Hotel and have a drink in the bar of this historic hotel?

Summer home of banker Johann Jacob von Willemer, this stunning ... More