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Beethoven monument "Münsterplatz Bonn", © Johannes Höhn
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A little Ode to Joy

Vis­it­ing Lud­wig van Beeth­oven’s house in Bonn

This is where he was born in 1770: The composer Ludwig van Beethoven, the genius. One is immediately awestruck upon entering the house where he was born. Here, in the centre of Bonn, his ears heard their first tones, his eyes read their first notes. In these rooms, visitors suddenly come very close to the person and the musician. Will he walk through the door at any moment? Is he already in the room? The well-preserved house and the many original musical instruments and everyday objects suggest that this is so. A personal encounter is only a symphony away.  Perhaps in the intimate atmosphere of the chamber music hall in the rear courtyard? There, composition are regularly to be heard at the Beethoven House annual chamber music festival. A little Ode to Joy for music lovers.

Encounter with Beethoven 

From the house where he was born, the young Beethoven first explored his native city and then went out into the world at the age of 22. A new Beethoven round tour invites visitors to follow these traces, thus becoming closer to the composer at authentic locations in the city and region. An important route to fame leads across the Rhine: How excited must the eight-year-old have been in 1778 when he set out by boat to Cologne for his first public concert? What must he have felt five years later as he headed off for Rotterdam? We don’t know – but we can imagine. 

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    Beethoven monument "Münsterplatz Bonn", © Johannes Höhn
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    Birthplace of Beethoven, © Johannes Höhn
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    Bonn BTHVN lettering, © Johannes Höhn
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    View of the Beethoven House in Bonn, © Johannes Höhn
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    Beethovenhaus, © Johannes Höhn
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    Ship on the Rhine near Bonn, © Johannes Höhn
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Illuminations in the Balver cave in the Sauerland, © Johannes Höhn
    En­chanted in the Balve Cave
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    View into the Mendelsohn hal from the Tonhalle Düsseldorf, © Johannes Höhn
    Eu­phor­ic at Ton­halle Düs­sel­dorf
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    Landscape Park Duisburg, Ruhrgebiet, © Johannes Höhn
    En­er­get­ic at the Land­scape Park Duis­burg
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    Gronau rock'n'popmuseum entrance, © Johannes Höhn
    Nos­tal­gic at the rock’n’pop­mu­seum
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    Haldern Pop Bar in Rees am Niederrhein, © Johannes Höhn
    Cheer­ful at Haldern Pop Bar
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Baroque staircase from Augustusburg Palace, © Johannes Höhn
    Over­wehlmed at Au­gus­tus­burg Palace
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    Berleburg Palace in Bad Berleburg, © Johannes Höhn
    En­nobled at Ber­le­burg Palace
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    View of the control panel in the Jugendstil-Wasserkraftwerk Heimbach, © Johannes Höhn
    Ec­stat­ic at the Heim­bach power plant
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    Exhibition hall in the Waldfrieden sculpture park, © Johannes Höhn
    Amazed by Wald­frieden Sculp­ture Park
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    Organ in Altenberg Cathedral, © Johannes Höhn
    En­rap­tured by Al­ten­berg Cath­d­ral
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    Köln, Dom, Außenbau, Dachbereich, Innenraum mit Schwerpunkt Fußboden und Fußbodenmosaik, © Johannes Höhn
    Im­pressed by Co­logne Cathed­ral
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    Beverage bar in the Salon des Amateurs in Düsseldorf, © Johannes Höhn
    Chilled at Salon des Am­a­teurs in Düs­sel­dorf
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