Celebrating 2020!


Portrait of Ludwig van Beethoven when composing the Missa Solemnis
Joseph Karl Stieler
[Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
2020 – Germany celebrates with the whole world the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven. We will celebrate too!

Together with you on and around February 29, 2020 we will celebrate not only the birthday of this radical artist, who has reinvented himself time and again and is considered the most-performed classical composer. We will guide you through geocaching events and themed geocaches to places that are connected to the life and work of this exceptional talent, where he has developed his visions to go beyond the musical boundaries of his time and set new standards.

If Ludwig van Beethoven, born and raised in Bonn, were to live today, he would probably also be a geocacher in his spare time. He loved nature and found in it relaxation, loneliness and inspiration. He was always attracted to the countryside as a teenager and this longing accompanied him throughout his life.

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The non-profit Beethoven Anniversary Society (www.bthvn2020.de) has been commissioned to design, promote, co-ordinate and be responsible for the Beethoven anniversary year, the 250th birthday of Beethoven 2020, as a national event with international appeal and regional roots.

The aim of the Beethoven anniversary year is to convey Beethoven’s work, to strengthen and promote innovative projects, and to raise Bonn’s reputation as a Beethoven city. The project “GEOCACHING MEETS BEETHOVEN” is an official part of the Beethoven Anniversary 2020.

The main themes for the Beethoven anniversary are:
‘Beethoven as a citizen of Bonn’,
‘Beethoven as a musician’,
‘Beethoven as a humanist’,
‘Beethoven as a visionary’
‘Beethoven as a nature lover’

The Beethoven anniversary is made possible by grants from:
– the Federal Republic of Germany
– the state of North Rhine-Westphalia
– the Rhein-Sieg-Kreis
– the federal city of Bonn