Historical Sites of Beethoven

Visiting Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven portraitLudwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) spent his adult life in Vienna, and today the city celebrates his life with dozens of statues, monuments, and museums. Beethoven had 67 different addresses in the Austrian capital. Walking in the city is literally following the historical sites where Beethoven lived and worked.

 

Some Historical Beethoven Sites in Vienna

Beethoven piano in Pasqualati House MuseumPasqualati House Museum. Beethoven lived six times between 1804 and 1813. He wrote Fidelio and Symphonies 4, 5, 7, and 8 here. This is one of three Beethoven museums operated by the city of Vienna

 

Eroica House Museum gate signEroica House Museum. Dedicated to his famous Third Symphony. Copies of documents related to the first performance and Beethoven’s feelings about Napoleon. Images of the Dobling area of Vienna when Beethoven lived there.

 

Beethoven's apartment - Heligenstadt TestamentHeligenstadt Testament Museum. Where he lived when he realized his deafness would not improve. He wrote his famous Heligenstadt Testament here. It is a small apartment in a picturesque little courtyard.

 

Beethovenplatz - famous Beethoven statueBeethovenplatz. A monumental statue of the composer. This is very close to the great concert halls in Vienna, the Musikverein and Konzerthaus. An earlier version of this statue is in the lobby of the Konzarthaus, and people often plan to meet one another “next to Beethoven” before a concert.

 

Favorite Beethoven statue in Heiligenstadt ParkHeiligenstadt Park. Dr. Nelson’s favorite statue of Beethoven, shown holding his hat and going for a walk. Heiligenstadt is in Vienna’s 19th district. All of our trips Vienna take a lovely walking tour where we visit several Beethoven sites.

 

Beethoven portrait in Collection of Ancient Musical InstrumentsCollection of Ancient Musical Instruments. This great museum has centuries of fascinating instruments, including original paintings of Beethoven and many instruments from the composer’s lifetime.

 
 

Beethoven residence - LaimgrubengasseLaimgrubengasse 22. One of the buildings where Beethoven lived as he worked on his 9th Symphony. Very close to one of the hotels we use in Vienna. Today there is a good restaurant next door named “Ludwig Van”.

 

Vienna Opera House - Theater an der WienTheater an der Wien. Beethoven used an apartment here between 1804 and 1806. 3rd, 5th, 6th Symphonies, Fidelio and other works were premiered here. Today, the theater is one of Vienna’s four opera houses.

 

Beethoven's Grave at Central CemeteryBeethoven’s Grave at Central Cemetery. It is a moving experience to stand here and know that Beethoven’s remains are ten feet in front of you. Within a few feet are the graves of Schubert, Johann Strauss, Jr., and Brahms.

 

Beethoven's Baden apartmentBeethoven Museum in Baden. Baden is a beautiful little village about an hour south of Vienna. (Easy to get to on a tram that leaves across from the Vienna State Opera.) The composer’s apartment here (left) is one of the few of his residences that can be visited.

 

Beethoven in Budapest

Beethoven Budapest performanceBudapest. Beethoven performed here in 1800. The concert hall is part of the palace complex on the Buda side of the Danube River.

 

 


Beethoven in Prague

Beethoven's Prague residencePrague. Beethoven visited Prague many times. Here is one of our groups in front of one of his residences.

2 Responses to Historical Sites of Beethoven

  1. Connie Bach says:

    David,

    I’m delighted to find out about this and looking forward to joining one of these trips in the near future. Beethoven is my absolute favorite composer of all time. I’ll definitely and will join the trip soon.

    Connie

    • David Nelson says:

      Thanks Connie, I would love to have you join one of our trips. What are your favorite works of Beethoven? I can probably take you to some sites that fit those pieces. Conrad Kreutzer’s home (Kreutzer Sonata for violin), the brook next to Beethonvengang (literally the “brook” from “scene from the brook” in the 6th Symphony), Lobkowitz Palace (first private performance of Eroica), site of the Steiner factory (he liked to play Steiner pianos), lots of sites related to the 9th Symphony, Fidelio, late quartets, and more. Of course, his grave in the Zentralfriedhof is moving to any music lover. You can tell that I get excited talking about this!! David

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