BEETHOVEN’S BIRTHPLACE: WELCOME TO BONNGASSE 20
TEXT: MARILENA STRACKE | PHOTOS: DAVID ERTL
The Beethoven-Haus in Bonn is easily one of Germany’s most popular attractions across all ages. Here, visitors can step into the fascinating history of one of the greatest composers of all time and get a glimpse of how Beethoven lived, both as an artist and a human being.
There is no better way to experience history than fully immersing yourself in it. The Beethoven-Haus, where Beethoven was born in 1770, presents precisely such a magical opportunity. As soon as you set foot into the beautiful inner courtyard, the atmosphere changes: history lingers in the air.
Since its complete makeover in 2019, the inspiring museum has shown itself in a contemporary, interactive way, allowing kids and adults alike to dive deep into the different aspects of Beethoven’s life. The newly expanded permanent exhibition now includes a vault of treasured original manuscripts and a music room through which to experience the sound of historic keyboards. Personal belongings, instruments and portraits complete the grand puzzle reflecting the composer’s work, thought processes and emotions.
The fabulous Hermann J. Abs Chamber Music Hall, next to the museum, provides an excellent finish to a Beethoven-filled day. Its outstanding acoustics and elegant interiors have given it the reputation as one of the finest chamber music halls in Europe. Two highly recommended upcoming concerts feature Anna-Lucia Richter (9 November 2021) and Sebastian Knauer (26 November 2021).
Whether you are a music lover, a history buff or simply fancy experiencing an important piece of German culture, the Beethoven-Haus ticks all those boxes and more.
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