The Goethe-Institut

The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of Germany with a global outreach. You will find Goethe Institutes in most major countries around the world. In South Africa, the Goethe Institute is in The Parks, in Parkwood, Johannesburg.

Many of our Johannesburg Guesthouses are in The Parks too, and a visit to The Goethe-Institut makes perfect sense. You do not need to have any affiliation to Germany to visit, rather just a love for the arts and for culture.

The Cultural Programme Department at the Institute focuses on the visual arts, music, dance, film, drama and literature. They work with South African artists as well as international artists, staging some extraordinary exhibitions and shows. It’s a good idea to get hold of their programme (Goethe-Institut events) so you can work out what you want to see, and when.


Fantastic – an exhibition that seeks to re-ignite critical thought about the fantastic in contemporary art and visual culture

The idea behind their cultural programme is to strengthen the dialogue between and amongst Pan Africa and Europe. A lot of the work done is not just with South Africans, but Africans from all over the continent.

The Goethe-Institut has a reading room, a tea room and a library. They are very involved with teaching, more specifically teaching German, but also in encouraging writers, authors and teachers to use the space for research, writing and education. The Goethe Institute holds regular book reviews and readings that always culminate in fabulous wine and snacks.

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The verandah at The Ashford Guesthouse

One of our guesthouses, The Ashford, is exactly one minute away from the Goethe Institute. It is a gracious guesthouse with a really stunning wrap-around verandah, five en-suite rooms, a gorgeous reception room and atrium, free Wi-Fi and as at all our Johannesburg Guesthouses, personal and excellent service. The Ashford is a popular choice amongst business people and tourists alike and the garden is blissful on warm sunny afternoons.The Ashford will also give you free vouchers for the gym! They have a deal with Planet Fitness, also within walking distance, so you can visit the Goethe and the gym and get in both culture and exercise!


Park Café – a lovely little café in Parkwood


By the way, the Goethe Institute is also close to The Parks shopping centre, with the Park Cafe, a Woolworths, African Queen, Polish Nail Spa, a hair salon and other boutiques too. It’s a nice amble, and of course Rosebank is just down the road too.

Have a look at The Goethe Institute. And have a look at The Ashford Guesthouse.  They are both fabulous.