History of the Goethe-Institut

Language students in Murnau © Photo Michael Friedel

Explore the history of the Goethe-Institut and discover surprising, curious, and exciting moments from more than 70 years of cultural and language work worldwide.

A Quick Dip

Language students in front of the Goethe-Institut Schwäbisch Hall.  Photo: Michael Friedel


The founding of the Goethe-Institut in 1951 lays the groundwork for the language and cultural institute’s worldwide activities.

Deeper Dive


Would you like to view historical materials of the Goethe-Institut? Here you can find an overview of archives with holdings relating to the Goethe-Institut.