Beethoven made his name in Vienna, spending around 35 years in the city from 1792 until his death here in 1827. Dozens of addresses have some kind of connection to his life…not least the two locations where he was buried (yep, two).
- See also: Famous composers in Vienna
Beethoven location map
Beethoven lived in numerous Viennese houses and apartments, drank coffee and ate in numerous cafés and restaurants, and performed in numerous establishments. Some are still around, today. Many are not.
Discover the most prominent surviving locations with this map and guide, which includes photos and various articles so you can tour Vienna and follow in the footsteps of one of the world’s greatest composers.
Top Beethoven landmarks
Since Beethoven was born in Bonn (Germany), you’re not going to find his birthplace anywhere nearby. But plenty of other locations in Vienna have a strong relationship to the composer. Let us begin with the most important…
(The Beethoven Museum in Heiligenstadt, Vienna)
The Beethoven Museum (Probusgasse 6): A lovely musical museum in what is presumed to be the very house that Beethoven wrote the famous Heiligenstädter Testament (and his third symphony).
Beethoven’s grave (Zentralfriedhof): When Beethoven died in 1827, they first buried him in the local Währinger cemetery before eventually moving the body to Vienna’s Zentralfriedhof cemetery. Beethoven’s grave forms the centrepiece of a beautiful arrangement of composer graves that includes the Strauss family, Brahms, and Schubert.
The Beethoven statue (Beethovenplatz): A large bronze statue unveiled in 1880 is Vienna’s main monument to the master. The Beethoven statue sits in what you might call the music quarter, full of great venues that still put on performances of his works today.
The Beethoven Pasqualatihaus (Mölker Bastei 8): A small museum in the house where he produced his opera, Fidelio. Not as comprehensive as the main Beethoven Museum, but it gives you a feel for the kind of environment he once lived and composed in.
(Palais Lobkowitz in Vienna’s centre)
Palais Lobkowitz (Lobkowitzplatz 2): Beethoven enjoyed the support of wealthy sponsors, particularly Count Franz Joseph Maximilian von Lobkowitz. Not only was our composer a regular guest at the count’s home, Palais Lobkowitz, but he also performed and premiered works there. You can visit the Baroque palais and go into the room where his third (Eroica) symphony first saw the light of day.
Other Beethoven sites
(The plaque indicating Beethoven died at this location)
Schwarzspanierhaus (Schwarzspanierstraße 15): Beethoven died in his apartment on this site on March 26th, 1827. The original house has gone, but the “new” one from 1903 has reliefs and plaques paying testament to the location’s historical importance.
Alserkirche (Alser Straße 17): The funeral cortege left the apartment and moved down to the Alserkirche for the funeral service on March 29th, accompanied by a crowd of thousands. A plaque outside this early Baroque church commemorates the occasion.
Laimgrubengasse 22: Beethoven lived at this address in Vienna’s 6th district in 1822/1823, where he worked on, for example, his ninth symphony. On the ground floor, you’ll find a plaque and the rather apt Ludwig Van restaurant.
(I think you can guess what this building is)
Haus der Musik (Seilerstätte 30): a museum of music and sound, with individual galleries dedicated to Vienna’s famous composers. The Beethoven room, for example, includes a door from his final residence and plenty of other memorabilia.
Historical Musical Instrument Collection (Neue Burg): no prizes for guessing what this part of Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum displays. Among the treasures is a fortepiano allegedly played by Beethoven himself and an 1823 portrait of the composer by the famous Biedermeier painter, Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller.
(Palais Niederösterreich and appropriate transportation)
Palais Niederösterreich (Herrengasse 13): Beethoven apparently conducted a performance here in 1825. The Palais is a beautiful old city palace that only opens to the public on rare occasions.
The Beethoven Frieze (Friedrichstraße 12): this huge Klimt wall painting lives in the Secession art gallery. Klimt created the work for the 1902 art exhibition honouring the composer.
(Haydn’s last home)
The Haydnhaus (Haydngasse 19): As you might guess from the name, this was the last residence of Haydn in Vienna: literally the Haydn House. Now a museum, Beethoven visited the old master here.
The Augarten Saal (Obere Augartenstraße 1): Another surviving venue, now a café and a tract of the Augarten porcelain manufactury. A plaque outside the Saal notes that Beethoven premiered the Kreutzer Sonata here in 1803.
(The Beethoven-Grillparzer House)
Grinzinger Straße 64: Known as the Beethoven-Grillparzer House, this private residence once echoed to the music of the maestro and the words of Franz Grillparzer, one of Austria’s greatest writers. Both lodged there at the same time.
Theater an der Wien (Linke Wienzeile 6): Still a major opera house in Vienna, this venue hosted the premiere of Fidelio and three symphonies, for example. Beethoven even lived and worked here for a time.
(Plaque outside Café Frauenhuber)
Himmelpfortgasse 6: A plaque on the building that now houses Café Frauenhuber explains that Ludwig van Beethoven premiered a quintet for pianoforte and brass here in 1797. The Frauenhuber coffee house actually opened for business while he still lived.
Beethoven-Hof (O’Brien-Gasse 26): Probably not worth a visit. A 1930s council housing block which the city renamed in Beethoven’s honour in 2020.
(Plaque at Ungargasse 5)
Ungargasse 5: A plaque on the wall of the building indicates that Beethoven finished his Ninth Symphony here in the winter of 1823/1824. The Wiener Schubertbund put up the stone tablet on May 7th, 1924 (the 100th anniversary of the symphony’s premiere).
Landstraßer Hauptstraße 26: Another former home of Beethoven, though the original building is no more. What has survived is the plaque that used to adorn the building, which simply states that he lived in that house in 1817. It now hangs outside the entrance to the Österreichische Integrationsfonds (ÖIF) in Vienna:
(Plaque at Landstraßer Hauptstraße 26)
I’m researching more locations, so watch this space for updates on residences, in particular.