Salzburg, Austria, is known as the city of Mozart thanks to its former resident, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Born in Salzburg in early 1756, Mozart, likely the most famous classical-era composer and pianist, lived in Salzburg for most of his early life. From his Geburtshaus to the university named after him in Salzburg, there are many traces of Mozart that can be found throughout the city. In this post, I’ll be writing about some of the most well known Mozart related attractions in Salzburg.
Located at No. 9 Getreidegasse is Mozart’s Geburtshaus, or the house that he was born in. He and his family lived on the third floor of the building for nearly thirty years, and Mozart and his sister Nannerl both grew up in the apartment. His Geburtshaus is one of Salzburg’s most iconic attractions, and it is definitely a must visit spot.
Since 1880, the building has served as a museum, which is home to many artifacts relating to Mozart and his family. Some of the museum’s most impressive ratifications found in the museum include the clavichord that Mozart’s famous opera ‘The Magic Flute’ was composed on, as well as many early editions of Mozart’s compositions. Admission to the museum is €11, and it is open from 9AM to 5:30PM. If you’re going to visit any Mozart museum in Salzburg then I would definitely say to visit Mozart’s Geburthaus as I’d say it is the best one!
Across the Salzach, at No. 8 Markartplatz, you’ll find Mozart’s family home from after they moved from his birthplace in 1773. This building was majorly destroyed during World War II (see here), but was eventually reconstructed and reopened as Salzburg’s second Mozart museum in 1996. The museum is open from 9AM to 5:30PM, and tickets to it are €11. Filled with portraits, artifacts, and most importantly, Mozart’s original fortepiano, the Mozart Wohnhaus museum is also very impressive.
Mozart Square / Mozartplatz
Mozartplatz, Mozart Square in English, is located in the centre of Salzburg’s Old Town. It was opened in 1842, in the presence of Mozart’s sons, and was dedicated to the city’s most famous resident. Constanze Mozart’s (Mozart’s wife’s) former home surrounds the square, and in the middle of the square is Salzburg’s iconic Mozart statue. Unfortunately I don’t have any original photos of the square so above are some I found online!
Founded in 773, Salzburg’s Salzburg Cathedral was the site of Mozart’s baptism. He was baptized in this Roman Catholic Church on January 28th, 1756, the day after he was born. Located in the heart of Old Town Salzburg near his Geburtshaus, the Salzburg Cathedral still contains the baptismal font where Mozart was baptized.
Mozart Chocolates / Mozart Pralinen
Mozart Chocolates are small, ball-shaped candies made of nougat, pistachio marzipan, and dark chocolate. They were named after Mozart in 1890, and the can be found at pretty much every chocolate shop in Austria. If you’re visiting Salzburg, even if you’re not the biggest fan of Mozart you can’t leave the city without trying them.
That’s all for my Mozart-Salzburg guide! I hope you enjoyed. Personally I thought it was a lot of fun to write this post since I play the piano and obviously Mozart was very famous pianist, so it was interesting to write about someone who’s songs I’ve played and studied. Have you ever visited Salzburg? If so, did you visit any of these Mozart sites?
Thanks for reading.
P.S. If you’re reading this the day it was posted, yesterday I went on my first solo flight to my former home Toronto! I’m going to be staying here for the next couple of weeks with my family here, and I’m really excited to be back. If you’d like to keep up with my time here, make sure to follow me on instagram (@hannahtravelsblog) where I’ll be posting updates on my story about what I’m doing each day 🙂