Beethoven House

Bonn, Germany

The Beethoven House in Bonn is a memorial site, museum and cultural institution serving various purposes. Founded in 1889 by the Beethoven-Haus association, it studies the life and work of composer Ludwig van Beethoven.

The centrepiece of the Beethoven-Haus is Beethoven's birthplace at Bonngasse 20. This building houses the museum. The neighbouring buildings (Bonngasse 18 and 24 to 26) accommodate a research centre (Beethoven archive) comprising a collection, a library and publishing house, and a chamber music hall. Here, music lovers and experts from all over the world can meet and share their ideas. The Beethoven-Haus is financed by the Beethoven-Haus association and by means of public funds.

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Founded: 1889
Category: Museums in Germany
Historical period: German Empire (Germany)

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Jeremy D (6 months ago)
Nicely exhibited and informative about Beethoven. It would be great if it could be more interactive.
Amit Nadig (6 months ago)
Excellent experience, the house where a legend was born. It's very well kept, everything, every object has an explanation (historical note if you will). You can also download an app which plays the music specific to the instrument Beethoven used. You aren't allowed to take photos inside the house but there is a garden where you can click few photos. A must visit for everyone. (For students the rates are a bit lower)
Elfie Pro (6 months ago)
THE must visit of the town. We visited the place more than 15y ago. The renovation made this place even better. Simplicity, discreet lighting with focus on the exhibits. Make sure you download the app (few languages available) and use it to listen to the audio guide per room. A pleasure to visit!
Kyu Hwan Yoo (8 months ago)
First of all I want to say that you should only visit this place if you are genuinely interested in the life of Beethoven. Don't seek out this place just cause you see it as some kind of milestone to achieve during your stay in Germany. Since if that's the case there is a high probability that you might be very disappointed. The ticket costs 10€ and can be bought in the building on the opposite side of the house of Beethoven. During Corona they didn't provide an audio guide headset, but you could download the app to have a good organized guide. The house offered 3 floors of interesting informations and things about Beethovens life and also his musical works. For not interested people this might seem like a little, which is the reason I warned you in the beginning. I recommend the room on the first floor where you can listen to some plays, which were composed by Beethoven in his younger years. Nice atmosphere and you could even imagine being there if you sat there with your eyes closed. I also recommend the room, which you can reach through the terrace. In this room the moonlight sonata was played. The unique thing though was that the originally written notes were shown on a Beamer. All in all a very nice place to visit during your stay in Bonn. Please just make sure that you are genuinely interested, since else you will probably think it's overpriced or that there are not many things to see inside.
Hannah Peter (8 months ago)
I absolutely love visiting the Beethoven house when I'm in Bonn. I go every time I'm there! Everything is set up in a very comprehensive way and kept in very good condition. It's especially interesting when all floors are available to visit. The garden is also very cute to sit and take photos in. The staff are fantastic and always very friendly and helpful.
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