The birthplace of two of Austria´s most outstanding composers, Joseph and Michael Haydn, is situated in Rohrau, Lower Austria, in the south east of Vienna. Their father Mathias Haydn, a coach builder, had this reed thatched house built in 1728. Joseph Haydn was born there on March 31st, 1732 and spent his early years there up to the age of six. His equally talented younger brother Michael followed on September 13th, 1737.

Even though both boys left their home at an early age  for further musical education  they stayed strongly connected to the village of their birth throughout their lives.
After having been acquired by the province of Lower Austria in 1959 the former residence of the Haydn family was consequently adapted as a museum. Since then it has housed many different kinds of cultural activities and an exhibition. 

Between October 2016 and September 2017 this memorial site which is classified as a historical monument has been carefully renovated and extended. Its reopening as a new centre of various cultural events and many sorts of functions took place on September 14th, 2017, just in time to commemorate the 280th birthday of Michael Haydn.

Die Geschichte des Hauses

The history of the house

In this reed thatched farm house Franz Joseph Haydn was born on March 31st, 1732. On September 13th, 1737 his brother Johann Michael Haydn first saw the light of day.  

Joseph Haydn

Joseph Haydn´s biography 

Joseph Haydn on the one hand is traditionally regarded as  the “Father” of the classical symphony as well as the string quartet, on the other hand however  he is renowned for having innovated the piano sonata and the  piano trios.

Michael Haydn

Michael Haydn´s biography

Joseph´s younger brother Michael, an equally gifted musician and composer made a career for  himself as a court composer  and concertmaster at the court of the prince archbishops of Salzburg.

 Serenadenkonzerte des Landes Niederösterreich an musikhistorischen Stätten

Serenadenkonzerte - Serenade concerts

Every year in autumn the state of  Lower Austrian government organizes so called “Serenadenkonzerte” in some places of historical relevance. 

Continue: Serenadenkonzerte


Events, program

On September 14th, 2017 it has been reopened with a newly designed permanent exhibition, a museum shop and  with a perfectly equipped modern concert hall.



Haydn Geburtshaus Rohrau
Obere Hauptstraße 25, 2471 Rohrau
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