Ludwig van Beethoven was born in December 1770 into a family of musicians at the electoral court in Bonn. He grew up in this city, where the spirit of music enveloped him from his earliest childhood. Here he learned to make music and compose, here he performed as a child prodigy before Joseph Haydn, here he played the organ: music was his life from early childhood onwards. But the spirit of the Rhineland also left its mark on him: the Rhenish cheerfulness, the latent rebelliousness and the striving for freedom from any control and paternalism. In Bonn, Beethoven became what he would remain his entire life – a rebellious maverick, a moody loner, and a lover of freedom and new sounds.
Bonn – Beethoven city since 1770
Today Bonn breathes the spirit of Beethoven. Bonn is a city of music with Beethovenfest, the Beethoven-Haus research museum and the Beethoven Hall, but also with the Hotel Beethoven, the Beethoven Pharmacy, the Beethoven Square and much more. The city and its most famous son are inseparable.