Brahmsgesellschaft Baden-Baden e.V.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday and holidays
from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Group guided tours by arrangement
Closed on Christmas
and New Year's Day
In the summer months of the years 1865 to 1874, Johannes Brahms occupied the attic room in the shingle-covered house of the widow Clara Becker. Here he found the necessary calm and seclusion for composing. Many of his famous works originated in the “pretty house on the hill” as Brahms called it.
The Brahms House – built around 1850 – is the only residence of Johannes Brahms still preserved unchanged today. After acquisition and renovation of the old house by the founding fathers of the Brahms Society of Baden-Baden, the rooms occupied by Johannes Brahms were established as a museum with furniture and artifacts from the middle of the 19th Century. Photo documentation, facsimiles, letters, and the busts of Brahms and Clara Schumann among other things are on display in an adjoining room.
Germany possesses musical traditions and legacies of extraordinary value: Handel, Schuetz and Bach, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, and Wagner - to mention only a few names - are composers who are known and treasured throughout the world. Their work has played a significant role in shaping a unique musical landscape.
Numerous orchestras, choruses, ensembles, renowned music festivals and series, music houses with museums, public archives and libraries, but also private collections preserve their musical heritage.
It is necessary to revitalize this inestimable fund again and again and to develop it for the present. At the same time, an important role befits the houses combined in the consortium of music museums of Germany. In them we encounter the work of the musicians and composers who have extraordinarily enriched the cultural nation of Germany. However, beyond the individual portrait, beyond the procurement of individual oeuvres, the music museums also contribute overall to the maintenance of musical tradition. The present brochure underscores this aspect of the synoptic presentation and invites the reader on a journey into the musical history of Germany. I hope this tour guide will be actively used and receive a large response.Bernd Neumann, Member of the Lower House of the German Parliament
Minister of State with the Federal Chancellor
Commissioner of the Federal Government for Culture and Media
Quoted from: Foreword to the brochure "Music Museums in Germany", 2007.