Salzburg – where it all began
Visiting Mozart’s birthplace
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart belongs to Salzburg like Toblerone does to Switzerland. In the Getreidegasse, probably the most famous shopping street in Salzburg, the music genius came into the world in the year 1756. Mozart’s birthplace, as it is called today, is now a wonderful museum and is visited by interested people from all over the world.
It is three storeys high and without the lettering “Mozart’s Birthplace” on the outside, the building would not really stand out. The fact that house number 9 is anything but normal, you learn at the latest after entering the old house.
The winding corridors, the old walls and the memory of the past would alone be reason enough to look closer at Getreidegasse 9. In addition, there is a beautiful exhibition about Mozart, his life and his family. Besides pictures, Mozart’s junior violin, original documents, and travel utensils from the 18th Century, there is also the virtuoso’s clavichord on which he composed The Magic Flute, among other things. This clavichord is, even after such a long time, still playable today, as demonstrated to us by Johannes Honsig-Erlenburg, President of the Mozarteum Foundation Salzburg. Visitors are, of course, not allowed to touch this jewel.
As you walk through the building, you learn about life in the middle of the 18th Century, along with a lot about the life and work of Mozart and his family. One learns about his patrons and his passion for opera. Mozart’s music is still alive in his birthplace and visitors’ passion for music is very much alight. A wonderful way to understand the musical heart of Salzburg and to learn to love it.
Getreidegasse 9, 5020 Salzburg
Daily 9 am – 5.30 pm
July, August: daily 8.30 am – 7 pm
24th Dec: 9 am – 3 pm
(last admission 30 minutes before closing time)
Closed on some days for concerts during the Mozart Week.