Goethe House and Goethe Museum
The Goethe House (Goethe-Haus) is among the most important memorial places dedicated to a German poet. It impressively documents the domestic surroundings in which the Goethe family lived. Johann Wolfgang Goethe spent his childhood and youth here, and wrote his first important works here, too: “Götz von Berlichingen”; “The Sorrows of Young Werther”; and the start to “Faust”. The painting gallery showing works from Goethe’s own time illustrates the relationship the poet and playwright had to the art and artists of his time. The museum is supported by the non-profit Freies Deutsche Hochstift, which is currently also building Deutsches Romantik-Museum directly next door.
The astronomical clock dating to 1746 is a special attraction. Revolving rings show the date, and below it the time, moon phases, and sun position in the form of zodiac signs.