Trier – Karl Marx

Trier is the birthplace of Karl Marx, the political philosopher and economist, and the city is rather proud of that historical link. A limited amount is known about his childhood in the city, although it’s known that he went to Trier High School before he went on to study at the University of Bonn.

The birthplace and childhood home of Marx can be visited and is now a museum dedicated to him. My limited time in the city rather precluded me from making a visit, but the reviews of it seem rather mixed. The German SDP party purchased the property in 1928 in a bid to protect it and to ensure that its significance was retained for future generations. Although that plan nearly failed, as the Nazi party seized it and using it as a printing house, but the property was restored and has since been expanded on numerous occasions.

The tablet underneath the main statue of Marx in Trier.