One of the world's most famous composers, Beethoven was born in 1770 in this rather humble town house. Today it displays a predictable array of scores, letters, paintings and instruments, including his last grand piano. Of note are the huge ear trumpets he used to combat his growing deafness. Tickets are also good for the adjacent Digitales Beethoven-Haus, where you can experience the composer’s genius during a spacey, interactive 3D multimedia show.

Contemplate his life in a near-hidden garden out back, and stroke your inner Schroeder (of Peanuts fame) in the Beethoven-bust-filled gift shop.