Karl Marx Haus, Trier

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    The Karl Marx Haus.

    by Askla Updated Dec 29, 2012

    Karl Marx, the well known author of "Das Kapital, was born in this house and spent his youth there up to the age of 17.

    Opening hours
    April - October:
    Mon - Sun 10:00 - 18:00
    1st Friday of the month 10:00 - 20:00

    November - March:
    Tue - Sun 11:00 - 17:00
    Mon 14:00 - 17:00

    Entrance fee
    Adults: 3,00 Euro
    Students: 2,00 Euro

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    Museum Karl Marx House

    by Beckhanne Updated Apr 22, 2011

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    Birthplace of Karl Marx

    So this is where the famous german philosopher was born. The house was built in 1727 in typical Trier baroque style. You will find here in the birthplace museum information about the house, the life of Marx and his relationship with Engels as well as the first editions of the Manifesto of the Communist Party written by the 2 men and of the most important work of the German philosopher : The Capital. Since 1981 there is also a study centre situated near the house, in the Johannisstreet.

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    by Polly74 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    It may come as a surprise that Karl Marx was not born in an industrial city but in Trier, which at that time (May 5, 1818) had fewer than 10,000 inhabitants.

    The other surprise may be that the birthplace, today's Karl Marx Museum (Karl-Marx-Haus, fee), is not to be found in Karl-Marx-Strasse but Brueckenstrasse 10 (the first section was not renamed in order to keep the historical address).

    The house is one of the most beautiful burgher's houses in Trier with the 1727 front section, an inner courtyard, an addition from the 1860's, and a surprisingly large garden.

    The museum contains principally three exhibitions: the history of early Communism and Socialism on wall charts and a display of rare early editions of Marx's writings (like the first editions of the "Communist Manifesto" from 1848 and "Das Kapital" from 1867; there is a research library, the "Karl-Marx-Studienzentrum", a few houses down the street with more than 70,000 volumes); on the top floor, finally, there is a collection of original photos, documents, and manuscripts.

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    Karl Marx Haus Museum and Study Centre

    by ELear Updated May 30, 2010

    I heard it gets a lot of Chinese visitors, but for me it didn't hold much interest. What there is of Marx himself is simply the house. Nothing else. Apart from that there are just panels and panels (with the occasional blown up contemporary picture) giving the story of Karl Marx's life and the early history of Marxism. Serious stuff. For committed Marxists only, I'd say - otherwise worth maybe ten minutes so you can say you've been there.

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    Karl Marx House

    by Tom_Fields Written Mar 13, 2009

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    The most infamous character in Trier's long history is the author of the Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx. He was born in a middle-class (bourgeois) house in the old city. Visitors can still tour the house.

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    by doug48 Written Jun 11, 2008

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    from the hauptmarkt you can walk about three blocks on fleischstrasse to bruckenstrasse to see the karl marx house. karl marx, the founder of communism, was born in this upper middle class home in 1818. marx lived and worked here until 1883. the german social democratic party (SDP) bought the house in 1928. in 1933 when the nazi party came to power the building was confiscated and used as a print shop. in 1947 the house was opened as a museum on the life and works of marx. the museum has a collection of photos and text (in german) of the rise of the SDP and communism. a historically interesting museum to visit.

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    by antistar Written Jul 23, 2007

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    Possibly Trier's most famous son is Karl Marx, who was born at the eponymously named Karl-Marx Haus in 1818. Surviving confiscation by the Nazi party, it became a museum after the war. The exhibitions are a bit dry, covering his political theories and charting the course of world communism across history. It's apparently a big hit with Chinese visitors to Germany.

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    Karl Marx Haus

    by Binegars1990 Written Oct 24, 2006

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    Of all the people born in Trier, the one who had the greatest impact on society was undoubtedly Karl Marx, who lived from 1818 until 1883. Both the life of communism's prophet and the worldwide spread of socialism is traced in minute detail in this historic site.

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    Karl Marx House

    by smschley Updated Mar 19, 2005

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    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

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    Karl Marx' birth house

    by Sjalen Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Wheater you like his ideas or not, this is one of the great names in history. The house gives some information on Marx' life. Before I came, I didn't know his father was a lawyer in the wine trade (who isn't in the wine trade in Trier?)

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    Karl Marx house

    by Segolily Written Mar 3, 2008

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    Not on Karl Marx Strasse

    We went in search of it, just for the historic value and in the end felt uncomfortable taking a tour. But it is there, just off the main market street.

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