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Baden bei Wien

Baden bei Wien

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Beethovenhaus Baden, Entrance Ticket

1. Beethovenhaus Baden, Entrance Ticket

There is evidence of Beethoven having visited Baden 17 times. Close to Vienna the city of Baden provided a cool climate and reasonable prices. It was a noble spa town.: In 1803, Kaiser Franz II decided to make the town his summer seat. The city had two facets: in the historic centre, its character was shaped by theatres, coffee houses, gambling salons and an unending array of new palaces erected by the city’s nobility and wealthy citizenry; the city’s outskirts had a rural feel to them – with splendid alleys, promenades, pavilions and vantage points. Baden bei Wien could be reached from Vienna in three hours by stagecoach. Beethoven particularly enjoyed walking in Baden’s surroundings, in the Helenental and in the landscape of the southern Vienna Woods. His stays in Baden provided Beethoven with the opportunity to receive and to meet with friends. His guests included pupils and teachers, publishers, fellow musicians, friends and relatives. When the weather permitted, they went on walks in the surrounding countryside and lunched together; meals were also occasionally served in this house. Beethoven worked on both major and minor pieces during virtually all of his visits to Baden. He composed canons and musical jokes for his friends. Major sections of his ‘Missa solemnis’ and his ‚Eroica‘,‚Pastorale‘ and ninth symphony were written in Baden. The idea of using the ode in the Ninth Symphony’s final movement is first mentioned in a sketchbook dating from 1822. Beethoven wrote the majority of the symphony in 1823. Richard Nikolaus von Coudenhove-Kalergi, founder of the Paneuropean Union, suggested that the fourth movement be made an anthem for Europe. In 1985, the main motif of the fourth movement was accepted as the official European anthem by the EU, albeit as a vocal-free version so as not to give any one language precedence. One famous Baden ‘exhibit’ is admittedly the house itself in which Beethoven lived. Besides that the museum owns a lock of Beethoven’s hair cut off as a keepsake during the visit to Beethoven's deathbed. Another highlight is the grand piano made by the Viennese piano builder Conrad Graf dated on 1818. It belonged to the merchant and local judge Josef Perger. Beethoven was his guest several times during his stays in Baden and played this piano. Thanks to sponsors and donators the historic fortepiano in the Beethovenhaus Baden was made playable again by the time of the anniversary year Beethoven 2020. The aim was to restore the grand piano while conserving the parts that are still original, and attain a playability that comes as close as possible to the original sound. It is used for concerts now again. In the hearing laboratory, you can discover the secrets of tones and sounds, and experience what happens when you gradually lose the ability to hear.

Vienna: Full-Day Vienna Woods Wine Tasting Tour

2. Vienna: Full-Day Vienna Woods Wine Tasting Tour

Lower Austria is the cradle of Austrian viticulture, and this private wine tasting tour is your chance to visit the area's beautiful forests and vineyards of the Thermal Region, just south of Vienna. Take a 30-minute train ride to the heart of the Vienna Woods for a wine-filled day. Summer (April-October) Your summer tour will begin with a hike in the spa town of Baden, which was once a favorite country retreat of Beethoven. From there you will walk along forest trails towards a magnificent elevated viewpoint overlooking the Vienna Basin in all directions. This spot alone is a photographer's dream. Continue the trip by entering the neighboring vineyards, wandering through row upon row of lush green vines. Winter (November-March) Your train will bring you directly to the vineyards of one of Austria’s oldest wine-making institutions, steeped in middle-age tradition and history. While there, learn about how the monastic orders became wine pioneers of their time and their influence on Austrian viticulture. Sample a glass of local sekt (sparkling wine) to toast your arrival to Austrian wine country. The afternoon segment of both the winter and summer tours will be the same. You will continue to the picturesque wine village of Gumpoldskirchen for lunch at a traditional Austrian wine tavern. From there, you'll visit a local winery to enjoy an extensive wine tasting featuring the region's specialty wines, and to ask questions to local experts about modern-day wine making. Your tour later concludes with a short train ride back to the city center, just in time for your evening schedule.

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Great insight into Beethoven's life and his music, beautifully designed, interactive, unique multimedia representation of the 4th movement of the Ninth.

so lovely! James was a great Host, the winerys were magnificent and the wines were awesome!