Beethoven Fries (detail)

Beethoven in Vienna

Born in Bonn in 1770, Beethoven was 17 years old when he first traveled to Vienna to study under Mozart. Yet scarcely had he arrived when he had to return to be by his mother's deathbed. Aged 22, he returned to Vienna again, this time as the pupil of Joseph Haydn – Mozart had died in the meantime. This time, he stayed forever: for 35 years until his death in 1827.

Beethoven fans will find three unchanged apartments in Vienna - nowadays memorial sites containing many personal objects and music listening stations (note opening times!):

Pasqualatihaus

Beethoven lived in the house named after its own in the center of Vienna on several occasions between 1804 and 1815. The composer worked here on his opera "Fidelio" and on piano pieces such as the well-known "Für Elise". The view of the Ringstrasse boulevard and the University from the fourth-floor apartment is spectacular.

Beethoven's apartment in Heiligenstadt

Beethoven wrote his "Heiligenstadt Testament" here in 1802. He wrote this letter to his brother, which was never sent, at the age of 32 in a state of deep despair, when he learned that there would be no remedy for his deafness.

Heiligenstadt was situated far outside the city walls back then; today, it is part of the smart 19th district (Döbling). Just a few steps away is the wine tavern Mayer am Pfarrplatz, located in an atmospheric house which Beethoven lived in for a while in 1817. A culinary temptation: there are excellent Viennese wines here. Another tip is a walk along the "Beethovengang", which can be reached on foot in ten minutes, past Vienna's vineyards.
CLOSED FROM JULY 3 TO NOVEMBER 2017 due to renovation!

Beethoven Eroica House

Ludwig van Beethoven spent the summer of 1803 in the Viennese suburb of Oberdöbling, which at the time was surrounded by fields, gardens and vineyards. A large portion of his 3rd Symphony, the "Eroica" was written here between May and November 1803.

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Triumphal Beethoven premieres were held all over Vienna: in the Eroica Hall of the Austrian Theater Museum, in the Grand Redouten Hall of the Spanish Riding School and in the Festival Hall of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. The Theater an der Wien was the stage for the premiere of the opera "Fidelio", and Beethoven even lived there for a while.

An expressive monument of the composer can be found in the Beethoven Park opposite the Wiener Konzerthaus. Vienna's museum of sound, the House of Music, naturally also presents Beethoven in detail. Listen to the very special concerts of the project RESOUND Beethoven: Martin Haselböck and the Orchester Wiener Akademie play Beethoven on the instruments of his time, with the same number and proportions of musicians, and in the same spaces that the composer himself performed his music.

Gustav Klimt's “Beethoven Frieze" (detail in the picture above) hangs in the Secession. Beethoven's grave of honor can be found in a prominent spot at Vienna's Central Cemetery.

Download: Beethoven walk

These and other traces of Beethoven in Vienna are covered on Tita Büttner's in-depth tour – with tour commentary, stories and anecdotes.

Extra tip: The Beethoven-Weg Floridsdorf runs to the north of the Danube. At the stops along the trail, there are four-meter high sculptures in the form of snapped-off tuning forks.

Beethoven Pasqualati House

Mölker Bastei 8, 1010 Wien
  • Prices

    • Adults   €4
    • Young people under 19   €0
    • 1st Sunday of the month: Free admission
  • Opening times

    • Tu - Su, 10:00 - 13:00
    • Tu - Su, 14:00 - 18:00
    • on holidays, 10:00 - 13:00
    • on holidays, 14:00 - 18:00
    • Closed: 1/1, 5/1, 12/25 and Easter Monday, Whitmonday and other holidays that fall on a Monday.
  • Accessibility

    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
    • Comments

      Apartment only accessible via steps.

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Beethoven Residence, Heiligenstadt

Probusgasse 6, 1190 Wien
  • Prices

    • Adults   €4
    • Young people under 19   €0
    • Free admission on first Sunday of the month
  • Opening times

    • Tu - Su, 10:00 - 13:00
    • Tu - Su, 14:00 - 18:00
    • on holidays, 10:00 - 13:00
    • on holidays, 14:00 - 18:00
    • CLOSED FROM JULY 3 TO NOVEMBER 2017 due to renovation! Regularely closed: 1/1, 5/1, 12/25 and Easter Monday, Whitmonday and other holidays that fall on a Monday.
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
    • Comments

      Patio and exhibition areas: no steps and accessible with the wheelchair.

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Mayer on Pfarrplatz Vineyards

Pfarrplatz 2, 1190 Wien
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Beethoven Eroica House

Döblinger Hauptstraße 92, 1190 Wien
  • Prices

    • Young people under 19   €0
    • 1st Sunday of the month: Free admission
  • Opening times


    • Prior registration required: Tel. +43 1 505 8747-85180 or service@wienmuseum.at
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
    • Comments

      Patio and exhibition areas: no steps and accessible with the wheelchair.

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Theatre Museum

Lobkowitzplatz 2 , 1010 Wien
  • Prices

  • Opening times

    • We - Mo, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Presentations, tours and workshops by appointment
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Double swinging doors   120  cm  wide )
    • Elevator available
      • 130 cm wide and 150 cm low , Door 130 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Wheelchair rental (by prior arrangement: at least two days ahead of time). Tours for visitors with disabilities and special needs on request (Tel. +43 1 525 24–5310).

    • Comments

      Exhibition area on ground floor: with portable ramp placed by staff as required. Intercom system at the main gate (front door or box office), staff will take you to the elevator.

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Spanish Riding School (Spanische Hofreitschule)

Michaelerplatz 1 (Besucherzentrum), 1010 Wien
  • Prices

    • Combination ticket "The Treasures of the Emperor" (treasury and morning work at the Spanish Riding School): €22.00
    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: Special offer
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • (Double swinging doors   160  cm  wide )
      • Ramp 100  cm  long , 40  cm  high
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        in the Inner Courtyard
    • Further information
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Guided tour for the visually impaired on request.
      Wheelchair seats for the morning exercise and the tours by request.
      Program information, prices and availability on request.

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Austrian Academy of Sciences (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften)

Dr.-Ignaz-Seipel-Platz 2, 1010 Wien
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Theater an der Wien

Linke Wienzeile 6, 1060 Wien
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        in front of the theatre (from 6 pm)
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • 2 Wheelchair spaces available (stalls)
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
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Haus am Beethovenplatz

Beethovenplatz 1 , 1010 Wien
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House of Music (Haus der Musik) The Sound Museum

Seilerstätte 30 , 1010 Wien
  • Prices

    • Adults   €13
    • Children (0 to 3 years)  €0
    • Children (4 to 11 years)  €6
    • Family   €29
    • "Night Ticket" (8 - 10 p.m.): 6,50 €. Combination ticket House of Music & Mozarthaus Vienna: 18 €. Ticket "Museumsmelange": pick 2 out of 4 museums (Mozarthaus Vienna, KunstHausWien, Vienna Jewish Museum, House of Music) for 18 €
    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: 4€ off
  • Opening times

    • daily, 10:00 - 22:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Automatic sliding doors )
    • Side entrance
      • no steps
    • Elevator available
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Auf Anfrage Führungen in Gebärdensprache.

    • Comments

      Access to all exhibition rooms and café: no steps (via elevator).

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Secession

Friedrichstraße 12 , 1010 Wien
  • Prices

  • Opening times

    • Tu - Su, 10:00 - 18:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • 13 Steps
    • Side entrance
      • no steps (Swinging doors 120 cm wide )
        reachable via exterior elevator
    • Elevator available
      • 80 cm wide and 105 cm low , Door 80 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
    • Comments

      Main exhibition rooms accessible by elevator. Access to all exhibition rooms: elevator. Elevator: door width: 80 cm, cabin depth: 105 cm, cabin width: 80 cm. Beethoven Frieze: 15 steps (escort required). Drawing Room: 24 steps.

       

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Central Cemetery (Zentralfriedhof)

Simmeringer Hauptstraße 234 , 1110 Wien
  • Opening times

    • November to February Mo - Su, 08:00 - 17:00
    • March Mo - Su, 07:00 - 18:00
    • April Mo - Su, 07:00 - 19:00
    • May to August Mo - Su, 07:00 - 20:00
    • September Mo - Su, 07:00 - 19:00
    • October to November Mo - Su, 07:00 - 18:00
    • on holidays, 10:00 - 17:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Comments

      Honorary tombs: Main Entrance (2nd Gate, access by car possible on the blue paths), free with ID. Wheelchair-accessible restroom accessible with "Euro-Key" near Hall 3, in the cemetery church and at the cemetery office (ramp), gravel paths.

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