Three Viennese museums for music lovers

Austria, and Vienna in particular, has an undeniably romantic atmosphere that epitomises the grandeur and beauty of classical music. Notable composers such as Mozart, Haydn, Brahms, Schubert and Liszt hailed from the city, and others such as Beethoven spent time here. They all left an indelible mark on the city, and today many tours, museums and concerts are dedicated to them. Far from being relegated to bygone days, their music is still very much alive in Vienna, touching every stratum of society. Even if electro music predominates in Viennese evenings, it's not old-fashioned to go to a café-concert or the Opera. Fans of classical music (or the curious) will also be tempted by the museums devoted to music in Vienna, still perceived today as the capital of classical music.

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1. The House of Music (Haus der Musik)

The House of Music - Haus der Musik in German - is an essential stop-off point for music lovers. Created in 2000, it invites visitors to discover the illustrious composers who have made Vienna famous through installations spread over four floors. Before that, it was the home of Otto Nicolai (1810 - 1849), who founded the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

Interior of the Vienna House of Music.

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The highly interactive facility offers fun activities such as the "Sonosphere", a musical experience that lets you relive the impressions of a child in the womb. You can also take part in the creation of a multimedia opera. The aim is to offer a new approach to music that is both fun and scientific.

Interior of the Haus der Musik.

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As well as permanent exhibitions, the Maison de la Musique offers live concerts, artist talks and a variety of workshops, especially for children, as well as music festivals.

Practical info

⏰ Opening hours of the Maison de la Musique :

  • every day from 10am to 10pm.

👛 Price of the Maison de la Musique :

  • Full price: €16
  • Over 65s: €12
  • Students under 27: €12
  • Under 12s: €7
  • Under 3s: free
  • Vienna City Card: €12
  • Family (2 adults + 3 children): €33

🚌 How do I get there?

  • Underground: lines U1, U2 and U4 to "Karlsplatz", lines U1 and U3 to "Stephansplatz" or line U4 to "Stadtpark".
  • Tram: lines 1 and 62 to "Karlsplatz/Oper" or lines 2, 71 and D to "Schwarzenbergplatz".

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2. The Mozart House (Mozarthaus Vienna)

The Mozart House - Mozarthaus Vienna in German - is the only real Mozart residence to have been preserved, given that he occupied a dozen different homes in Vienna.

Mozart's apartment is on the second floor.

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The flat is on the first floor and bears witness to the life the famous composer led in the capital, as well as his taste for aesthetics. It was here that he wrote his most famous works, including The Marriage of Figaro. Above, on four other floors, visitors can discover a myriad of anecdotes: his unique creative methods, his relationships and his rivals. It's a truly immersive experience for Amadeus fans.

Practical info

⏰ Opening hours of the Mozart House :

  • Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm.

👛 Price of the Mozart House :

  • Full price: €12
  • Over 65s: €10
  • Students: €10
  • Under 19s: €4.50
  • Vienna City Card: €12
  • Family (2 adults + 3 children): €25

🚌 How do I get there?

  • Underground: lines U1 and U3 to "Stephansplatz".
  • Bus: line 1A to "Stephansplatz".

⭐ Where to stay near Mozart House?

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3. The Beethoven Museum

Vienna's Beethoven Museum is also an immersive place, with themed rooms inviting visitors to discover the composer through many facets of his life. Located away from the city centre, with its small cobbled courtyard and old-fashioned house feel, the museum gives visitors the feeling of being frozen in time.

Many unusual objects are on display, such as ear tubes (the forerunners of hearing aids), a blower (which was placed on the piano to amplify the sound), and eggs broken by the composer (he apparently threw them on the floor because he didn't think they were fresh enough after a delivery).

The museum's appeal lies in its interactive aspect and its delightful anecdotes. For example, one of the installations explains how deafness had a profound impact on Beethoven's life, while another reveals the maniacal side of the musician, who insisted on putting exactly sixty coffee beans in every cup he drank. According to him, this was the ideal dosage...

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Practical info

⏰ Opening hours of the Beethoven Museum :

  • Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 1pm and from 2pm to 6pm.

👛 Price of the Beethoven Museum :

  • Full price: €8
  • Over 65s: €6
  • Students under 27: €6
  • Under 19s: free
  • Vienna City Card: €6

🚌 How do I get there?

  • Underground: line U4 to "Heiligenstadt".
  • Bus: line 37 to "Hohe Warte" or line D to "Grinzinger Straße"

⭐ Where to stay near the Beethoven Museum?

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