Nestled within the lush greenery of Frankfurt’s cityscape, the Goetheturm stands tall like a proud shepherd surveying his flock.  The iconic tower invites locals and visitors alike to experience the beauty and tranquillity as you ‘summit’ the tower. With a rich history dating back to the early 20th century, the Goetheturm symbolised Frankfurt’s cultural heritage and natural splendour.

History of Goetheturm

Initially built in 1931, the Goetheturm was constructed to honour the renowned German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, whose influence on literature and philosophy is immeasurable.  Shockingly, in 2017, it was destroyed by arson.  However, at the request of the citizens of Frankfurt, it was rebuilt in the following years to be as true to the original as possible.

Architectural Marvel

Standing at an impressive height of 43 meters, the Goetheturm provides panoramic views of Frankfurt and its surrounding areas. The tower’s architecture combines tradition and modernity, making it a standout structure within the city’s stadwald. Moreover, its observation deck offers breathtaking vistas, making it an ideal spot for photographers and those seeking a peaceful retreat from the bustling city life below.

Surrounded by Nature

What sets the Goetheturm apart is its serene location on the outskirts of Frankfurt’s Stadtwald, a large expanse of green just waiting to be explored. Moreover, visitors can stroll or cycle through the well-maintained paths, enjoying the fresh air whilst escaping the city. The combination of historic architecture and natural beauty makes the Goetheturm a unique and captivating destination.

Recreation and Leisure

Beyond its historical and architectural significance, the Goetheturm and its surrounding parks offer various recreational activities for visitors of all ages. In addition to the park directly at the foot of the tower, there is another play area within a 10-minute walking distance.  Here, families can enjoy picnics and BBQs in the designated areas, and children can explore the nearby playgrounds. Both play areas have designated water play areas, which are wonderful during summer! Undoubtedly, Goetheturm provides plenty to see and do, making it a popular spot for locals to unwind and connect with nature.

Christmas Market

During Advent, the Goetheturm hosts a beautiful and intimate Christmas market, adding a festive touch to its surroundings. At this time, the tower becomes a hub of creativity and community engagement, from roasted chestnuts and almonds to hot cups of Gluwein and Kinderpunsch.

So, whether you’re a history buff, nature enthusiast, or someone seeking a peaceful escape in the heart of Frankfurt, the Goetheturm is a must-visit destination. With its rich history, stunning architecture, and serene surroundings, the Goetheturm encapsulates the essence of Frankfurt’s cultural heritage and natural beauty, making it an enduring symbol of the city’s charm.


Good to know

  • For safety reasons, the new Goethe Tower – like the old one – remains closed in autumn and winter.
  • There is a lovely restaurant at the foot of Goetheturm which serves coffee and traditional German dishes

Sachsenhausen Landwehrweg
60598 Frankfurt am Main

April 1st to October 31st, from 8 a.m. to dusk (8 p.m. at the latest)