Feel free to leave your comments
below. If you want to add your knowledge, additional
information or experience in a particular place your input
is more than welcome.
Haydn Haus (Eisenstadt)
Joseph- Haydn- Gasse 21
Tel. (02682) 719 3900
Open: Apr- 11 Nov: 9am- 5pm daily
Description of Haydn Haus
Haydn Haus or House of Haydn is a historic building of Eisenstadt
most famous for being a former residence of a famous composer Joseph
who lived here between 1766 and 1778. Haydn moved to Eisenstadt in
1761 after he accepted a job of a Kapellmeister (music director) for
the powerful Estarhazy noble family. Many of his music works were
first performed in this house.
A gothic window uncovered in the front of the
building indicates that the Haydn House was built in the 16th
century. The 1747 plaque at the basement entrance refers to the last
reconstruction before Joseph Haydn, princely Kapellmeister. Famous
composer baught the building from a widow in 1766. However, he
allowed her to live in the building until her death in 1767.
Afterwards students of Haydn moved in here. Haydn lived with his
wife in the five rooms upstairs. For the house, installment payments
had been agreed, and when the balance was due after the death of the
widow, Haydn had to approach his employers for a loan. This also
took over the costs as the house was affected by two city fires in
1768 and 1776.
When Esterházy's farm was relocated to Eszterháza
Castle, Haydn sold the Eisenstadt House in 1778 and had his main
residence here. The subsequent owners made some extensions. The side
and the back building were built, where previously only stables and
hayloft had stood.