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Ach du gute Güte

The blogger with the love of classical music

Young Salzburg people often have a special relationship to W.A. Mozart. As proud as they are of “their” Wolfie, it is sometimes difficult not to lose sight of the musician between Mozart balls and kitsch. This is also the case for Carolina Hubelnig, who, under the name of ‘Ach du gute Güte’, runs a very successful Salzburg blog. As an art historian and daughter of a family of musicians, she naturally carries the Mozart gene. And yet in recent years she has had little contact with the traces of the genius in the present day. So, it’s high time to change that. We accompany Caro on her journey through the city and county of Salzburg and discover together with her the traces in the present day.


Carolina Hubelnig


Ach du gute Güte

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Salzburg city

The itinerary

The City of Salzburg

Salzburg was W.A. Mozart’s birthplace and starting point for many of his travels through Europe. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart lived to age 35 and spent about a third of his life on the road. He was born in the Getreidegasse on 27th January 1756.

Unken in the Saalach Valley

This small community on the German-Austrian border was already a place of transit on the way to Italy at the time of Mozart. Today, you can find out about Traditional European Medicine in Unken, which was already used by Mozart’s father Leopold for his travel pharmacy.

Lofer in the Saalach Valley

Lofer is a small town about 45km south of Salzburg. In Mozart’s times, this was like a daily carriage distance away. And so, it came about that father and son Mozart arrived in Lofer on the first night of their first trip to Italy and spent the night in the building where the Hotel Post stands today.

St. Gilgen at Lake Wolfgang

This famous tourist place in the Salzkammergut was the home of three people who influenced the life of W.A. Mozart. His grandfather lived & worked there, his mother was born there and his sister Nannerl, spent many years of her life there.

From a maths genius to a Prodigy

The fact that Nathan is a very talented child was clear from early on. At the age of four, he won the National Mathematics Competition in Australia. But even more than for numbers, Nathan’s heart beats for music. At the age of four he began playing the piano, at seven he discovered his passion for the flute. This early gift for music connects him with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Today, Nathan is a highly talented student in the pre-college of the Mozarteum University. There, he led Caro through the building and played one of his favourite pieces of Mozart. Which one was it and what else did these two talk about? You’d better listen for yourself.

The aim of the Mozarteum University’s highly gifted support program involves the finding and individual, intensive and sustainable promotion of musically gifted children and adolescents, and their education into artistically highly differentiated musical personalities.

This support program includes events within and outside of the Mozarteum University, preparation and accompaniment to international competitions, and cooperation with international festivals. It also includes the organisation of international concert venues, establishing contacts with agencies and comparable institutions as well as the documentation of all these activities.

In addition to the artistic promotion of highly talented children and young people, the focus is also on their adequate counselling and an individually oriented accompanying research. The scientific work focus and publications are in the fields of music-specific teaching and learning with regard to the development of musical competencies, personality development as well as artistic didactics; and the specific promotion of especially gifted children and adolescents.

To the Mozarteum University website

“Whenever I play Mozart, everything get bright and happy!”

Nathan Rinaldy, student at the Pre College of Mozarteum University

Visiting Mozart’s birthplace

There is hardly any visitor to Salzburg who does not see Mozart’s birthplace, at least from the outside. A visit to the house at Getreidegasse 9 is not only worthwhile for real Mozart fans. On three floors you learn a lot here about the time and the cultural environment of Mozart in an entertaining way. Especially when you are guided through the house by such a knowledgeable guide – Johannes Honsig-Erlenburg is President of the Mozarteum Foundation Salzburg, whose responsibility is the inheritance of Mozart. It is not only a matter of materials, but also of the task of making the creations of this ingenious musician accessible for future generations.

The Mozarteum Foundation Salzburg was founded in 1880 by citizens of the City of Salzburg and has its roots in the “Cathedral Music Association and Mozarteum” of 1841. Since then, it has been a non-profit organisation focussed on the person and the work of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. With initiatives in the three core areas of concert events, Mozart museums and science, it bridges the gap between preservation of tradition and contemporary culture. Their goal is to open up changing perspectives and new ideas in dealings with the composer.

To the Mozarteum Foundation Salzburg website

The house where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on the 27th January 1756, is now one of the most visited museums in the world. On three floors, visitors learn details of Mozart’s life in the newly designed permanent exhibition. How he grew up, when he began to make music, who his friends and patrons were, his relationship with his family, his passion for opera and lots more.

To the website

“I want to aquaint the people with Mozart with the people.”

Johannes Honsig-Erlenburg, President of the Mozarteum Foundation

A village full of musicians

When the traditional music try-out happens in Weißbach near Lofer, the whole village comes together in the truest sense of the word. But this village in Salzburg’s Saalach Valley is no exception, because in the whole county of Salzburg the joint playing of music is still very much common practice. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart would have been very happy. By the way, he stayed at least once in Lofer during his lifetime, when he passed through the village on his first trip to Italy with his father. Even then, Lofer was on the main route to the South, exactly a one-day stage from the City of Salzburg. A commemorative plaque today commemorates the visit of the Mozart family. But what is even more important is that Mozart’s works also play a role in modern musical education. Caro was able to convince herself of this during a rehearsal visit.

“Our village has 440 inhabitants. 80 of them are in local music bands.”

Stefanie, music student from Weißbach/Lofer

A look into Leopold Mozart’s travel pharmacy

On the way to her next station, Caro stopped off in Unken. There, you can find the Association for Traditional European Medicine (TEH), where they know about the curative effects of plants on humans. What does this have to do with Mozart? Quite a lot – it is known that Leopold Mozart carried a travel pharmacy in order to be able to cure smaller aches of his children along the way. And because conventional medicine was still in its infancy, the effects of plants were trusted first and foremost. Of course, we do not know exactly which remedies Leopold Mozart carried, but the herbal expert Karin Buchart knows very well which were healing plants during Mozart’s lifetime. And which ones are still in use today.

The abbreviation TEM stands for Traditional European Medicine. The aim of the association is to preserve and visualize traditional knowledge about natural medicine and to pass it on to future generations. In March 2010, the medical knowledge of the Pinzgau people was included in the National Register of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

To the TEH website

“Leopold Mozart always was equiped for his travels.”

Karin Buchart, Association TEH

The Mozarts and St. Gilgen

Those who listen to Augustin Kloiber, the Museum Director of the Mozart House, quickly realise that he has Mozart’s sister particularly close to his heart. And not only because they both have spent many years of their lives in St. Gilgen. Nannerl was an excellent pianist and an impressive woman. Therefore, it must have been particularly difficult for her to move to the then poor fishing village at Lake Wolfgang because of her husband. Especially since it was not a marriage of love. These and other historical facts and anecdotes are interestingly prepared at the Mozart House in St. Gilgen.

“St. Gilgen is an important location for the Mozart family.”

Augustin Kloiber, director of the Mozart house

A universe of music

If there was something that Caro did not expect in small St. Gilgen, then it was a museum of musical instruments from all around the world. And it also took a number of coincidences that the founder and his museum settled here. This is lucky for not only the town itself, as every year visitors from all over the world are enchanted by the world of instruments. The man who plays them all is the founder of the museum and collector, Askold zur Eck.

There are over 4,000 musical instruments from all around the world on show in this small museum in St. Gilgen. The Curator, Askold zur Eck, has mastered them all and introduces them to his visitors in the context of musical tours. Here, you are immersed into a different world.

To the People’s Musical Instrument Museum website

“Whenever you make music, you change the normal being!”

Askold zur Eck, People’s Musical Instrument Museum