Haydnhaus

Haydnhaus, Vienna: Address, Phone Number, Haydnhaus Reviews: 4.5/5

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Master Jonjon
By Master Jonjon
Jonjon's Official review… “Haydn House” (Vienna)
Jul 2019
LOCATION. Centre-west Vienna. A ten-minute walk from tube station Zieglergasse, you’ll be walking into these smaller streets gentrified sparsely with Japanese restaurants, cafes and organic supermarkets. So if you decide to take a break from those Hofburg or Art History Museum or any other thing too city-centre and touristy, here’s an ethnographic excursion to get a glimpse into the multifacetedness of the contemporary “Viennese”. HERITAGE. Franz Haydn moved here in 1797 and stayed until his death in 1809. This is one of the composer houses still standing in the Viennese suburbs. (You might still remember the Beethoven Museum, which is much further away as Beethoven had to take a rest from the hectic city centre to better his stress issue). And now here in Haydn House the storyboard is rather simpler – it functions as a summer house for a rising wealthy musician. The house belonged to his wife and following her death, he was to live here permanently. As you imagine how he might have spent his final years, you will also get to see exhibitions depicting him as a granny (and well-established) composer, one that has finally completed his Esterhazy duties in his youthful years and now ready to serve a wider, urban audience. You’ll find yourself among narratives that compliment his solemn success (at a time nicknamed “Papa Haydn”) but at the same time writings that reveal his cooler and increasingly humorous attitude to life. SAD NEWS. The last room of the upper floor shows us furniture that belongs to Brahms, because apparently the latter’s flat has been demolished in the 1910s. (A display board explains how Brahms used to admire Haydn to defend this quirky choice of exhibition space.)

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Neighborhood: Mariahilf
Vienna’s sixth district hosts high street shopping heaven and pedestrian area Mariahilfer Strasse. The weirdest local building is probably the city aquarium Haus des Meeres, housed in one of Vienna’s six remaining World War II defense towers, and topped with a rooftop bar that offers stunning views over Vienna and the center. One of the most historic sites in the area is the passageway of 18th century Raimundhof with its small shops and cafés. It leads from Mariahilfer Strasse to Windmühlgasse. For a glimpse into the world of early 19th century theater, visit Semperdepot, the former depository for theater decoration, which now hosts art exhibitions and fairs.
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  • Zieglergasse • 5 min walk
  • Westbahnhof • 7 min walk

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Clara G
Leiden, The Netherlands60 contributions
May 2014 • Solo
While the Mozarthaus is more central, and Mozart is more of a cultural icon, Mozart's heavy debts at his death means that almost none of his belongings have stayed in his legacy. So the Mozarthaus has items from Mozart's time and nearly nothing belonging to him, this museum is full of objects Haydn touched and used. His two pianos are especially notable, but they also have pencils he used, a bust he sat for, and little calling cards he would send out in his old age in response to invitations he was not up to accepting.

The museum strives to give you a peak into the enigmatic individual that was Haydn. A shrewd businessman, but also profoundly generous. Immensely popular (in London especially!) but choosing to live far out in the suburbs in his later years.

My only regret was in not asking for the audioguide. As of May 2014, the audioguide is 3 euro extra, but I think it would be worth it for all the music I'm sure it holds. The little garden is also lovely.
Written May 10, 2014
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Clio H
Sydney, Australia912 contributions
Oct 2014 • Solo
The history of Haydn, the times in Vienna, political & social while Haydn lived here is so well documented in German. SO to really get the whole picture it's essential to get the Audio Guide for just E3 & listen as well as hear some of his music.
Haydn bought this house for he & his wife. He had a 2nd storey built + gardens for growing vegetables, herbs & flowers.
Haydn had made a lot of money while in London & had spent time as an employee of the Esterhazy family in Eisenstadt not far from Vienna. He also did well in Vienna where he spent the rest of his life.
It was here that he wrote The Creation & The Seasons. He taught here & kept to a rigorous daily routine. His wife died earlier & they had no children.
He died at home aged 77 on 31st May 1809 in the first week of the Napoleonic occupation of Vienna. It is said that Napoleon placed a Guard of Honour in front of his house after his death.

It was interesting to see his will & what he left to whom. He had a social responsibility & gave to the homeless.

This home really takes time to explore & get the maximum out of a visit & it is so well worth it.
Written November 3, 2014
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James A
Fairfax, VA4 contributions
May 2011
During a recent visit to Vienna I visited Haydn's Memorial House on the advice of a friend. Let me say that, provided you are a classical music lover, this is one of the best and most touching experiences that you ever likely to have. Situated in an ordinary district of the city close to Maria-Hilfer Strasse, the interior of the house is filled with cultural riches from the life of the composer. It also includes a room of artifacts that once belonged to Johannes Brahms, who was a great fan of Haydn's. I highly recommend that you purchase the audio tour, which includes useful explanations of what you are seeing, as well as excellent recordings of selected works. In fact Haydn wrote the oratorios "The Creation" and "The Seasons" in this house. The composer's death mask as well as a wax image taken during life, his forte piano, the original scores--all these combine to give you a sense of "being there" almost one-on-one with this remarkable person.

The rear of the house contains a lovely garden. If you are an American from the middle Atlantic states, as I am, you will be strangely reminded of Virginia because of the smell of the boxwoods planted there. Highly recommended, extremely worthwhile, and in my opinion, underrrated as a place to see, especially given the reasonable price and the short Metro ride from the center of old Vienna.
Written June 4, 2011
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dom_d_man
Whitby, Canada54 contributions
Why going out of your way? Haydn's house is a long walk from downtown (about an hour) or you can easily take the subway. It used to be the just farm fields and wineries so Haydn used to live in the country.
It's nice that there was translations in English (unlike other places). You can see a lot of original manuscripts, pictures of interesting guests, his clavichord, programs, as well as tidbits about him, his personal & family life, and Vienna in his time.
Worth seeing, especially if you're a classical music fan.
Written August 31, 2010
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F C
Cape Town, South Africa176 contributions
Aug 2019 • Solo
I love classical music and am blown away by opportunities to visit places that famous composers have lived and worked. The Haydnhaus is well worth a visit. The exhibits are informative and interesting and give a sense of the life of Haydn leading up to his death. I loved seeing an instrument he played on and one of his ironic calling cards from his dotage. There are also some more technical exhibits for those who, unlike me, understand music. Something for all and with the effort.
Written November 9, 2019
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CheerfulTraveler15
Madison, WI1 contribution
Aug 2015 • Solo
The Haydnhaus is a bit out of the way (not right in the city center) but easy to reach and well worth a visit. This is the house where Haydn spent the last 12 years of his life and composed "The Creation," among other works. As others have said, the audio guide is worth the extra 3 euros. I found the visit extremely informative, interesting and moving.
Written August 7, 2015
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Jason B
Pueblo West, CO46 contributions
Jul 2013 • Family
If you're in Vienna you must go to the Haydnhaus. As others have said, it was not crowded, there's plenty to see and there are actual artifacts. There's also a bonus of one room dedicated to Brahms. There's a garden where you can enjoy some of his incredible music. Apparently there's an audio guide that you could get. We were not offered one, so I don't know if that's extra or not. We chose not to get one so we could just read for ourselves. To address one review's comments about music playing in the museum - that hardly deserves giving this museum a 2 out of 5 just for the lack of music. Sme people don't want music to be played while they read. Some music samples were available on the audio guide (I saw a sign that had numbers corresponding to different works that you could listen to while sitting in the garden.). Even if you don't know much about Haydn this museum is TOTALLY worth your time. It's a short walk from public transportation (and it was actually close to our hotel).
Written August 6, 2013
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4n6geekette
Wichita Falls, TX271 contributions
If you have to see only one composer, go to the Haydn house! This place is off the beaten track, but two blocks from the zeiglergasse ubahn stop. My husband and I were two of four people there. You get two floors of history and music and actually owned by Haydn artifacts for less than five euros. Well worth an hour. (the really clean bathrooms were a nice bonus!)
Written January 2, 2013
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Brother_Cadfael
Bristol, UK106 contributions
Oct 2012 • Couples
I loved this simple, basic museum. Unlike the Mozarthaus this does at least have some history for the great man - his bedroom, his garden...but I can see why people criticise. A lot of the pictures of facsimiles of originals held in the Wien Museum, but don't hold that against going. Haydn lived in his last years, and it is great to make the pilgrimage. It's hard to imagine now but this 300 year old house, sitting amongst the urban sprawl was once in the country, but close your eyes and think.

As an added bonus the Brahms exhibition was also a highlight.

Ignore previous reviews - music can be heard via the audio guide which can be hired at an additional 3 euros. If you go in the summer, you are encouraged to listen to certain tracks whilst sitting on different benches in the garden. Brilliant.

When I went it was quiet there. It's 1.3 miles walk out from the Hofburg palace so slightly off the main tracks. But we're talking just 25 minutes walk. Honestly, why pay money for some tatty horse trot round town when you could go here?
Written October 25, 2012
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Ramblingagain
Atlanta, GA186 contributions
Aug 2018 • Solo
I did a double trip of Beethoven museum and Haydnhaus in the same morning. The museums open at 10am and close for an hour at 1pm for lunch. You can do both back to back if you hustle and know the tube system. The Haydnhaus took me about 45mins versus 90 mins at the Beethoven site.
The Haydnhaus also includes an exhibit on Brahms which was an unexpected surprise. If you are a lover of classical music I'd courage you to experience and visit as many of the sites that the Vienna museum provides for visitors on Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn and Strauss. As you can probably guess, the crowds are non-existent and those in the museum with you are off a like mind.
Written August 30, 2018
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