Mozart's Birthplace and Getreidegasse
Sightseeing in Salzburg
The Heart of the Old Town
The egg-yolk-yellow front of the house at Getreidegasse 9, where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on 27th January 1756, is hard to miss. The Mozart family lived on the 3rd floor of the so called Hagenauerhaus for 26 years. The building was initially named after its owner and friend of the Mozarts' Johann Lorenz Hagenauer, a Salzburg merchant and spice trader. Today Mozart's birthplace is a museum, the rooms have been redesigned to make them look like the original flat and various Mozart relics can still be seen.
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Museum at Mozart's Birthplace
Since 1880 a museum can be found at Getreidegasse 9 that stretches over three floors. During the last decades it has been systematically rebuild and extended. Visitors can take a tour through the original Mozart premises where various historic exhibits can be seen: historic instruments, documents, mementos and authentic portraits. Probably the most famous exhibits are Mozart's childhood violin, his clavichord, portraits and letters by the Mozart family.
Middle-class Flat From the Mozart Era
In 1985 a “middle-class Salzburg flat from the time Mozart lived in” was built in the back of Mozart's birthplace. Various furniture and everyday items can be seen and there are three major exhibition themes: “Mozart and the Salzburg University”, “Mozart's friendship to Salzburg families” and “Church music and devotion to the saints”. Alternating special exhibitions document Mozart's reception, e.g. the “Mozart at the theatre” exhibition, which examines the different production styles of renowned directors over several decades with the aid of various set designs, costumes and props.
Opening Hours 2014
- Daily 9am-5:30pm
- July and August: daily from 9am-8pm
If you decide to get the SalzburgCard, which is available at the Kolping Hostel reception, you visit Mozart's birthplace and residence as well as other Salzburg sights for free!
Getreidegasse: Salzburg's Most Famous Shopping Mile
High, narrow and closely built houses, elaborate portals and the wrought-iron guild symbols above the pedestrians' heads – that's what characterises Salzburg's most famous High Street. It is well known for the many passages that stretch behind the row of houses on both sides and reveal galleries, romantic corners and stairs. Today Getreidegasse is mostly visited for its great variety of shops. Jewellery, traditional costumes, fashion, antiques, perfumeries, delicacies and much more are available here.
Dip into Mozart's world and walk through Getreidegasse, which invites you to shop, watch and stroll – it is always worth a visit and there are always new details to be discovered. Idyllic beer gardens and traditional cafes are perfect for a little break afterwards or in between.
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