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Learning German in Frankfurt

Caroline and Ege, German Course 2019 Photo: Goethe-Institut, David Höpfner
Caroline and Ege, German Course 2019

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Impressive skyline, magnificent museums, the world's largest book fair: In the Hessian metropolis boredom is not an option. Learn German in Frankfurt – and discover Goethe’s native city! #goethefrankfurt

Our institute in Frankfurt

Goethe-Institut Frankfurt Photo: Valentin Fanel Badiu
Goethe-Institut Frankfurt Photo: Goethe-Institut, David Höpfner
Media resource center Photo: Goethe-Institut, David Höpfner

The Goethe-Institut Frankfurt is situated near the Museum Mile, opposite the Südbahnhof railway station in the attractive Sachsenhausen district, a popular residential area with plenty to do in the evening. There are excellent public transportation links to get you from the institute to the city center.

Facilities and services

  • 27 well-equipped classrooms
  • Media resource center
  • WLAN
  • Cafeteria
  • Accommodation
  • Medical insurance (optional)
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Frankfurt: Goethe's birthplace

  • The River Main and the skyline Photo: Colourbox.de
  • Historical city hall: the 'Römer' Photo: Tourismus+Congress GmbH Frankfurt am Main
  • Stock exchange Photo: Tourismus+Congress GmbH Frankfurt am Main
  • Sachsenhausen Photo: Tourismus+Congress GmbH Frankfurt am Main
  • Palmengarten Photo: Tourismus+Congress GmbH Frankfurt am Main
  • Museumsfest Photo: Tourismus+Congress GmbH Frankfurt am Main
  • Apfelwein nach Frankfurter Art — Bembel und Geripptes. Photo: Eva K. / CC-BY-SA 2.5
  • Hauptwache Photo: Tourismus+Congress GmbH Frankfurt am Main
  • Christmas market Photo: Tourismus+Congress GmbH Frankfurt am Main
Frankfurt am Main is the fifth largest city in the Federal Republic of Germany with around 730,000 inhabitants. Internationality and multilingualism are part of everyday life in the business metropolis, as Frankfurt Airport connects the city with the whole world via direct flights. Frankfurt is the only German city to offer a skyline full of skyscrapers. Germany's most important banks are based here, and the European Central Bank has its headquarters in Frankfurt, as well. Since the Middle Ages, Frankfurt has been a hub of long-distance trade for central Europe. For centuries, the German king, and later the emperor, was selected in Frankfurt. For this purpose, the electors gathered for the process in the imperial cathedral St. Bartholomew. After the election the new king or emperor was brought in a procession to the Römer, the city hall of Frankfurt to this day. The first all-German parliament met in the Paulskirche in 1848.


The city's most famous son is Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the eponym of the Goethe-Institut. His birthplace is located at the Großen Hirschgraben, a frequently visited place of literature fans. Because of the largest book fair in the world, you will find many of them in Frankfurt during the fair time. The most famous university in the city is the Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-University, founded in 1914. In the history of philosophy in the 20th century, the "Frankfurt School" around Theodor W. Adorno and Max Horkheimer occupies a prominent position. A visit to the Frankfurt Opera, which is considered one of the best music theatres in Europe, is highly recommended for those interested in culture. The city offers a unique museum landscape with over 60 larger and smaller buildings. Along the banks of the river Main, internationally important museums for film, architecture, applied arts, the Jewish Museum and the Museum of Modern Art are grouped together.


The Main riverbank is also Frankfurt's most prominent local recreation area, which runs through the metropolis like a green lifeline. The excursion ships have their berths here. With a view of the impressive skyline, the extensive promenade offers an attractive area for jogging, cycling, playing soccer, strolling or lazing around. Frankfurt's citizens have been meeting in the Palmengarten, Frankfurt's botanical garden, since 1871. Frankfurt shows its cozy side at the Museumsufer-Fest, the Höchster Schlossfest, at the Frankfurt Christmas Market, or quite individually with a local variation of cider in Sachsenhausen and at the numerous wine festivals in the Rheingau. For nature and hiking enthusiasts, the Taunus and Odenwald are within easy reach. Frankfurt is also known as a center of electronic dance music, here you can be tempted to dance the night away in one of the many clubs by the music of world-famous techno DJs.

German courses in Frankfurt

The Goethe-Institut in Frankfurt is located in the popular nightlife district of Sachsenhausen and has excellent public transport connections. You will find the right German course for all your requirements at the Goethe-Institut Frankfurt. Because the institute has many classrooms, we can keep the learning groups small and thus offer intensive German lessons. In an intensive course, which includes 80 hours of German lessons in 16 days, you can be taught and examined at all levels.

For working people, we offer job-friendly evening German courses. If you would like to study in Frankfurt, you can get to know the city on the Main River through a German course before you start your studies. You can also take advantage of the German courses offered by the Goethe-Institut Frankfurt as an online service instead of on site, either in a group with a teacher, or independently without a teacher. Participants in the German courses have to take a placement test to assess their current knowledge of German. There are six levels: levels A1 and A2 are for beginners in German, B1 and B2 are for German learners who have mastered the basics, C1 and C2 are the highest possible German courses. With the Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom at the end of the C2 course, you will have an internationally recognized language diploma in your pocket.

You need accommodation for your German course in Frankfurt? From youth hostels to student residences to fancy city hotels, you can choose your favorite accommodation. We also offer an extensive recreational and cultural program in which our course participants can practice their language skills.
Ann, 33 course participant from the US Photo: Goethe-Institut Frankfurt

I used to find learning German really difficult and I tried lots of different things. But on the language course at the Goethe-Institut, I suddenly started making rapid progress.

Ann, 33 course participant from the US

Any other questions? +49 69 961227-0 We would be happy to advise you: frankfurt@goethe.de


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