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Goethe Museum in Düsseldorf

Museum building

The Goethe Museum is housed in the former Prussian residence of Schloss Jägerhof situated next to the royal park, Hofgarten, of Dusseldorf.

Publisher Anton Kippenberg collected works related to Goethe for over fifty years while his daughters established an independent foundation in the state capital. The passionate approach of the museum to Goethe’s life reveals fascinating insights into his life, his travels, his acquaintances and loves, his profession as a lawyer and civil servant as well as research in the topic of natural science. That his masterpieces also play a big role goes without saying.

Exhibits and paintings of places and regions where Goethe has been, letters, first editions and portraits demonstrate his thinking. A chronological series of rooms offer insights to Goethe’s youth, Werther, Weimar, Italy, Faust and his ending, creating an easy pathway through the periods of his life.

The museum possesses some 35,000 objects of which a thousand exhibits are shown in the museum’s beautiful ambience. A scientific reference library with 21,000 books and music of Goethe and his friends is also accessible to those interested in Germany’s most famous son.

By Vincent Green, Sep 12 2012

Goethe-Museum Düsseldorf

Jacobistrasse 2
40211 Düsseldorf

+49 211 899 6262

Green park with grass, blue flowers, trees


Düsseldorf became known as the garden city in the eighteenth century when Johann Wilhelm II, Elector of Palatinate, chose the city as his royal capital. Today, residents can enjoy several beautiful parks, splendid gardens and expansive woodlands.

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We stand in a foreign culture finding ourselves pointing, gesticulating and hoping to be understood. Germans mostly speak at least some English. However, some expats relocating to Düsseldorf may wish to carry a few basic but helpful words with them for use in awkward moments.

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