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Among many famous visitors to the spas of Karlsovy Vary, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was maybe the ultra-famous, at least the one about whom there has been the biggest hype already in times when nobody knew what a "hype" is. Goethe came to Karlsbad, as the Germans call it, several times for recreation and spa treatment. Whereever Goethe went on his travels, there is a sign commemorating him. In Karlsbad he stayed in the then "Haus zum Mohren" not far from the big spring. This house still exists, although it has been refurbished in art nouveau style about 100 years later.
The door lintel bears the inscription: "Durch diese Türe schritt Goethe" (Goethe walked through this door). Which I doubt, because the present door is art nouveau style, hence early 20th century, almost a century too young... but the house behind must be older, and what they mean to say is, through the doorway of this house.
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