"Karl Marx House" Karl Marx Haus Tip by smschley

Karl Marx Haus, Trier: 13 reviews and 17 photos


Karl Marx was born in 1818 in the upstairs room of this old burgher's house at 664 Bruckergasse, a busy thoroughfare at the time that winds down to the bridge over the Moselle river. It?s amazing that for someone as famous as Marx there is still things about his life that is unclear. His father Heinrich was descended from a long line of Rabbis and was well respected amongst the Jewish community for his skill in the courtroom. As Heinrich's clients began to leave the city in search of employment, his work had suffered so badly that he took an unprecedented step and converted to Christianity. It?s not sure if this was done right before Karl was born or when he was about 6 years old.

Another unclear issue is how long he actually lived in this house. Some say that his father had taken a lease on the building only one month earlier and moved out when Karl was fifteen months old. Others say that he lived in this house until 1835 when he moved to attend school in Bonn. Regardless, seems like at least everyone agrees that he was born there.

The house was bought by the German Social Democratic Party in April 1928. It currently is a museum devoted to his life and times run by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Bonn. The Karl Marx House in Trier, comprises two buildings each with its own functions and purposes; the birthplace museum and the study center. The birthplace museum has exhibits on Marx's personal history, volumes of poetry, original letters, and photographs with personal dedications. There's also a collection of rare first editions and international editions of his works, as well as exhibits on the development of socialism in the 19th century

Address: Bruckenstrasse 10
Directions: open:

Apr-Oct Mon 2-6pm, Tues-Sun 10am-6pm;

Nov-Mar Mon 2-5pm, Tues-Sun 10am-1pm and 2-5pm

Phone: 0651/4-30-11
Website: http://www.fes.de/karl-marx-haus

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 19, 2005
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