Celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday with us!

250. Geburtstag Ludwig van Beethoven | © Shutterstock

In 2020, Beethoven’s birth city Bonn is celebrating the composer’s 250th birthday. Throughout this "Beethoven Year" lots of classic concerts, exhibitions and many more events will take place to to celebrate this important date. The official celebrations will start on from September 6, 2019 and end on December 17, 2020.

The best of Beethoven - all year long

The pianist and composer Ludwig van Beethoven who lived during the 18th and 19th century, was acting and thinking ahead of his times. His influence on social and cultural change was expressed by his radical and sometimes uncompromising artistic innovations. He was born the son of the singer and music teacher Johann van Beethoven. Young Ludwig followed his father’s footprints; however, he became much more famous than him. He lead the First Viennese School to its culmination and at the same time laid the foundation for the following era of Romanticism. Step by step, he lost his ability to hear which made him plunge into a severe depression. Nonetheless, he focused more and more on his own compositions, for example the Symphonies 1-9. Until today, his music has a huge influence on modern music and artists.

The celebrations for Beethoven's 250th birthday start with an opening ceremony in his hometown Bonn. The opening will take place from September 6-8, 2019. Do not miss the chance to listen to stunning concerts by the London Symphony Orchestra or to a solo performance by Lisa Batiashvili. They will interpret pieces such as the Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125, Currentzis or The Moonlight Sonata.

Stay at the Mercure Hotel Bonn Hardtberg

The Mercure Hotel Bonn Hardtberg is the best accommodation during the festivities. The hotel, which is located in the southwest of the city, is close to the city centre and the concert venues. It only takes ten minutes to reach the traditional coffee houses in Bonn's old town. The house where Ludwig van Beethoven spent the first few years of his life is also not far off. The hotel is situated on a hill, offering a splendid view across the city and the Rhine Valley. It has 142 rooms, a terrace and a pool.

It just takes about 25 minutes by car to arrive at the hotel from Cologne Bonn Airport via the motorways 61 and 565. If you are travelling by train, take public transport (bus or tram) to Bonn Central Station, which is only 7 km away. From there, you can comfortably continue your journey.

Book a room at our economic hotel now and get the best out of its great location!



Mercure Hotel Bonn Hardtberg
Max-Habermann-Strasse 2
53123 Bonn

UPDATE: Due to the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), the concerts in March have been cancelled. We will continue to closely monitor the situation but would like to ask you to directly contact the >>organiser for more detailled information.

Events during the Beethoven year 2020

date event location
19.04.2020 guest performance Vienna, Beethoven Orchestra Bonn Music Union Vienna, 1010 Vienna, Austria
23.05.2020 "The Creation" (Joseph Haydn) University Bonn/ assembly hall, 53113 Bonn
08.08.2020 The Nine Maritim Hotel Bonn, 53175 Bonn
17.12.2020 Conclusion Concert "Ode of Joy around the Globe” Opera Bonn, 53111 Bonn
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