Beethoven Pasqualatihaus
Beethoven Pasqualatihaus
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Neighborhood: Inner City
In Vienna's best-known district, pedestrian boulevards Kärntner Strasse and Graben connect you with landmarks such as the Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera), Vienna’s iconic Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s Cathedral) and the vast compound of Hofburg, the Habsburgs’ former Imperial Palace. Peek down side streets such as Annagasse and Weihburggasse, and Graben’s Seilergasse and Habsburggasse, to get a feel for the center. The Imperial Apartments and the refreshingly demystifying Sissi Museum are must-dos at Hofburg. Spacious squares such as Am Hof and Freyung often host beautiful seasonal and antiques markets.
How to get there
  • Schottentor • 2 min walk
  • Herrengasse • 6 min walk
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liucy752
Taipei, Taiwan1,504 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Solo
If you expect this house to be a “museum”, you might be disappointed. If you view it as a “historic spot”, it will be much better. The museum is an old apartment on the fourth floor of the Pasqualati House, which has existed since 1791 in its present form.

This is the actual house where Beethoven lived intermittently for eight years. Here he worked on his opera " "Leonore (Fidelio)", and the 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th symphonies.

So happy to see Beethoven’s piano here. (have seen Liszt and Wagner’s piano in Liszt Memorial Museum in Budapest, and Mozart’s piano in Salzburg.)

There are also photos, sketches, and paintings about Beethoven, as well as copies of Beethoven’s manuscript and handwriting. Unfortunately, most of the information is in German.

And…….should notice that the museum is weirdly closed between 13:00 - 14:00. ( Its open time is 10:00 - 13:00, and 14:00 -18:00).
Written December 29, 2017
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Schofers7
Vienna, Austria4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Couples
This is a very interesting museum for those with a prior and fairly in depth knowledge of Beethoven. without this background the visitor will struggle. If you don't like climbing stairs, don't go, it's on the fourth floor of the building up a spiral staircase. A knowledge of German is a definite advantage as there are no signs in other languages, something which should be addressed so I can agree with other reviewers on that issue. This museum offers an ambience which I personally found very pleasant. I enjoyed my visit immensley and had no difficulty in following and understanding the exhibits even though my German is practically non existent. I just loved being in a building where this great man created some of the finest works of musical art known to humanity, and that was what pleased me most. If you really love Beethoven, just being in this place is enough.
Written October 5, 2013
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therese l
Cobleskill, NY827 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Friends
Four flights of winding stone stairs, in fact. But that's part of the charm. You can imagine him tromping up after a night at the concert hall or a trip out for his favorite meal of macaroni and cheese.

The museum is inexpensive and manned by a single person, who is very pleasant and helpful (he will lock the door if he needs a bathroom break, but be patient!). Even though the rooms are sparsely furnished, you can imagine Beethoven sitting there with his piano on the floor trying to compose as his deafness progresses.

One of the best parts of the museum is the headphones where you can listen to recordings of music Beethoven composed here - this was one of the high points of our tour, listening to a favorite movement in the very place where it was composed.

There is a (very small and not worth it) gift shop and a WC (if you ask). Downstairs, there is a Beethoven shop, but it was closed when we visited. The place is tricky to find, but well worth it. (Go up the path and turn around the corner.)
Written June 9, 2014
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Fladabosco
San Jose, California4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This apartment house is close to the center of Vienna but there are no signs and you have to know where it is. We asked a meter reader to help us find it and even though we were right in front of it he had no idea where it was.

The museum is nothing special and almost everything in there is a reproduction. There is one of Beethoven's pianos on display. It is very inexpensive to get in and there was only 1 other person there when we were there. It is a very small place and you can see everything in a few minutes.

On the other hand, you get to stand in the room where the Master wrote the 5th Symphony, the 7th Symphony and other great works. That was worth a trip to Vienna for me!
Written October 30, 2009
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Alexander K
Kharkiv, Ukraine53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Solo
I knew that the exposition is not very rich. But I would have never forgiven myself missing a chance to express my gratituge to the Genius. The building is situated in a quiet picturesque corner of old Vienna. One way or another it is worth visiting.
Written December 20, 2016
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Dog-On-Free-Range
Thirsk England33 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Solo
The Beethoven Museum, the Pasqualatihaus, is in the Mólker Bastel across the Ringstraße from the Univerität but not actually at street level. So, you will need your wits to find it.

It is in the bloc on your left, the one that peers down on Mölker Bastel. On your left too, you will see some steps. Climb these and, at the top, turn right and go round the corner. Others have posted helpful photos here to help you.

Eureka! There is the entrance to the Pasqualatihaus - but not quite yet! Firstly, you are greeted by an exasperated notice on the door of a Beethoven memorabilia shop. The notice sternly tells you that Herr Beethoven lives up the stairs! So there!

So far, so good, but Beethoven must have been very fit! From the pavement to his front door are 112 stairs! A Caution: the Pasqualatihaus closes for lunch. I had to make the ascent twice! Do not make that mistake!

Next, you will be greeted by one of the two or three seemingly grumpy old men (How Beethovenian!) who are in command here - but, with a bit of conversation they can be won over and they do speak some English, useful, if your German is rusty. Neither, unlike Beethoven, are they deaf.

Now .... if you are into Beethoven and have some knowledge of him and his music, what you find here will illustrate what you know and fill in some details - and you will be happy. However, if you have already been to the Mozarthaus and are looking for the similar, whole Beethoven Experience, then you will be less happy. The contents are sparse and, though labelled, not much contextual background is explained.

Here you will find one of Beethoven's pianos - with five pedals!! There is a portrait of the youthful Beethoven, hung next to that of one of his putative muses and others of two of his patrons - and a few artefacts that were owned by the composer. That is all that is contemporary.

In ingeniously constructed cabinets are some facsimiles of documents and notes on Beethoven and you can sit and headphone into recordings of a few of the master's works.

That is all, rather a disappointment.

I always think that much more could be made of the few contents therein. Again the Mozarthaus shows the way in this, notably with its audio-guide which patches together the little that is there - admittedly more than in the Pasqualatihaus.

Worth that exhausting climb? I thinks so; I learned something. I did learn, too, that Beethoven probably(!?) actually lived not in this apartment but in the one opposite on that same top landing!

Pause here to play Beethoven's Rage Over A Lost Penny!
Written July 6, 2016
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Doug S
San Francisco, CA2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Solo
If you're a fan of Beethoven I highly recommend a visit. Beethoven composed several symphonies here, including the 5th and 7th. He composed the 4th piano concerto and "Fur Elise". They have cut through layers of wallpaper to find what would have been exposed when he lived there. I found the visit to be very moving emotionally.
Written October 22, 2014
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Graham N
Adelaide, Australia22 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013
I accidentally walked past a sign which stated there was a Beethoven museum close by. It was an apartment on the fourth floor and it was extremely difficult to fathom how to gain entry. Indeed one had to push the bell at the front door of the block whereupon the door was unlocked and one then entered what was obviously mostly private dwellings.

The man in charge appeared totally disinterested and even irritated that tourists managed to find the "museum". The exhibits are reproductions with explanations in one language.

In summary a big disappointment.
Written September 28, 2013
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azogal
Ann Arbor, MI1,512 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
This is difficult to find (it actually overlooks the Ring near the University), it is up 4 flights of stairs, and most of the rooms are empty, but if you want to stand where Beethoven stood it is probably worth 4 Euros. I found the life mask to be particularly interesting.
Written May 15, 2012
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dom_d_man
Whitby, Canada53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Definately worth seeing - you can feel his genious energy in the room! It's very inexpensive, only 2 euros so you can't go wrong.
Not so much to see (manuscripts, piano), and the descriptions are not in English so that you know.
Written August 31, 2010
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