On the trail of Beethoven
Discover Vienna’s cultural side in Beethoven Anniversary Year 2020
2020 will mark the 250th birthday of the world’s most famous composer, Ludwig van Beethoven. The German virtuoso spent almost his whole life in Vienna and, after becoming deaf, composed a number of famous operas and songs while living in the city. Vienna contains many memorials to the former musician. Take the opportunity to follow the trail of Ludwig van Beethoven during your holiday in Vienna! The Beethoven Anniversary Year 2020 offers an extensive programme of events.
Beethoven’s homes in Vienna
Quite near to your hotel, The Harmonie Vienna, is the Pasqualati House on Mölker Bastei. The composer lived there for eight years in total, during which he composed numerous operas and songs including Fidelio, the 5th and 6th symphonies, Für Elise and many others. Amazingly, the building, named after owner and Beethoven patron Johann Baptist Baron von Pasqualati, has remained unchanged since 1791. Interested visitors can see various portraits of Beethoven and many of his belongings.
Smooth, classic façades and a wrought iron balcony adorn the present-day Palais Montenuovo in Löwelstrasse. The famous composer lived in this building during 1795. It is presumed to have been renovated by Alois Ludwig Pichl in 1829. The song Adelaide and other products of his genius were created in the palace.
You can also walk to the Schwarzspanierhaus on Schwarzspanierstrasse, just a few minutes from your hotel, The Harmonie Vienna. A commemorative plaque and bust of the musician stand just outside the house door, reminding us that this was a former home of Ludwig van Beethoven and the place of his death.
Events in Vienna during Beethoven Anniversary Year
2020 will be all about the legendary musician, who inspired classical Vienna during his lifetime. Internationally renowned local artists will be the focus of numerous events throughout the Beethoven Anniversary Year. Take in moving operas performed by the Vienna Symphony Orchestra at the State Opera House, or experience Christoph Waltz’s production of Fidelio in the Theater an der Wien. You can also enjoy exciting exhibitions, the Beethoven Festival and other highlights as you follow the trail of Beethoven through present-day Vienna.