Beethoven Fries (detail)

Beethoven in Vienna: new museum

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.

New: Large Beethoven Museum

The existing 40 m² Beethoven apartment at Probusgasse 6 in Heiligenstadt, in the 19th district, has been extended to create a 265 m² Beethoven Museum in November 2017.

A fascinating, modern exhibition leads through 14 rooms. The illuminated themed areas include the history of the house, Beethoven's move from Bonn to Vienna, his stay here in Heiligenstadt - a trendy spa town at the time - the nature, the composing, the moneymaking, performance-giving at the time and his legacy.

Exhibits include ear pipes (an early kind of hearing device) and a prompt box (that was placed on Beethoven's grand piano to amplify the sound). There are also some bizarre items: Eggs symbolize the quick-tempered character of the composer - he is said to have thrown them. In 1875, a company called Liebig started adding collectible pictures to the product packaging of its meat extracts in order to increase its sales, which it did with success; the exhibited edition recounts the content of Beethoven's opera Fidelio. Beethoven's dwindling hearing can be recreated at listening stations.

In this house, the 32 year-old Beethoven wrote his "Heiligenstadt Testament" in a state of deep despair. He wrote this letter to his brother, which was never sent, when he learned that there would be no remedy for his deafness. At the same time, he worked at Probusgasse on major works, including the three piano sonatas Opus 31, the oratorio "Christ on the Mount of Olives" and the "Eroica" symphony.

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 heuriger (wine tavern) Mayer am Pfarrplatz, located in an atmospheric house which Beethoven lived in for a while in 1817. There are excellent Viennese wines here. Another tip: Ten minutes' walk up Eroicagasse, a path leads along a stream - the Beethovengang often visited by the maestro.

Viennese original apartments

Beethoven fans will find the apartment in the Beethoven Museum as well as two other unchanged apartments in Vienna - nowadays memorial sites containing many personal objects and music listening stations (note opening times!):

Beethoven lived in the Pasqualati House (named after its owner) 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.

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

Fancy more?

Triumphal Beethoven premieres were held all over Vienna: in the Eroica Hall of the Austrian Theatre 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.

In Beethoven Park, opposite the Vienna Konzerthaus, you'll come across two bronze depictions of Beethoven: Caspar Zumbusch's sculpture erected in 1880 and the colorful, contemporary monument by Markus Lüpertz from 2017.

Vienna's museum of sound, the House of Music, naturally also presents Beethoven in detail. A room focusing on his 67 changes of residence within Vienna is dedicated to him in the apartment of the Viennese maestro.

The concert series RESOUND BEETHOVEN by Martin Haselböck and the Orchester Wiener Akademie is something very special: The musicians play Beethoven on the instruments of his time, with the same number of musicians and in the same rooms in which 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 (PDF, 5 pages).

Find here the online MyVienna Ludwig van Beethoven Walk

Beethoven Museum

Probusgasse 6, 1190 Wien
  • Prices

    • Adults   €7
    • Young people under 19   €0
    • Free admission on first Sunday of the month
    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: 2€ off
  • 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
    • Exceptions/opening hours: 24/12 & 31/12: 10 am - 1 pm. Closed: 1/1, 1/5, 25/12 and pub. hols., if they fall on Mon.
  • 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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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 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 8747-85173 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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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

      Tours in sign language on request.

    • Comments

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

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