Mozart Salzburg – in the footsteps of the artist

The city’s most famous son has left many traces. There are sights or souvenirs with Mozart Salzburg on every corner. The personality is sometimes used for a wide variety of ideas; be it for sundae or other sweets like the well-known Mozartkugel. However, historical monuments were erected to underline the pride of the city and provide the visitor with a deep insight into Mozart’s time in Salzburg

Mozart Musik in der Kirche
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Mozart Salzburg – birthplace

The most impressive remnant of his time is the birthplace of Mozart. It houses one of the most visited museums in the world and gives an insight into Mozart’s early years on three floors. We start a journey into the past from the Getreidegasse; learn how Mozart grew up, when he started to make music and explore the relationship with the family and the wider environment, which had a great influence on his later career. The first works are said to have been written there and the historical instruments, such as his first violin, serve as an illustration of the wide-ranging musical talent that he had at an early age.

Mozart-house at Makartplatz

The second house that Mozart himself lived in is on Makartplatz. In 1773, after the birth house was too small for social receptions, the family moved to the more spacious premises. Mozart lived here for eight years until he moved to Vienna in 1781.

In the Mozart residence, where he once wrote an estimated 150 works, there is now a spacious museum which, in addition to its exhibits such as original documents, portraits and Mozart’s piano, inspires visitors with changing special exhibitions. The lectures and concerts that take place there prove to be a special treat.

The museum is now one of the most visited in the world and must not be missed.

Einzuplanender Zeitaufwand: 1,5 Stunden
Gratis-Eintritt mit der Salzburg Card.
Weiterer Tipp: Das Museum ist auch fixer Bestandteil der Mozart City Tour!

Time to be planned: 1.5 hours
Free entry with the Salzburg Card.
Other tip: The museum is also an integral part of the Mozart City Tour!

Mozart Diner Concerts und City Tour

The “Mozart Diner Concerts” offer gourmets a special spectacle. Here they are brought back to the time of Mozart; like the evenings back then, in the baroque hall of the St. Peter Abbey Cellar. The culinary delights are indulged here between musical interludes. Well-known melodies from Mozart operas are performed by two opera singers and five instrumentalists, while they indulge in dishes based on historical recipes. Here you can experience the Mozart heritage up close.

However, these institutions are far from all that remained of Mozart. In addition to the concert series and heirs to the name, there are other sights in the old town with the Mozart Monument on Mozartplatz or the Papagenobrunnen. The stroll through the city reveals the pride of the city.

For those who find it too difficult to go on a discovery tour, the “Mozart CityTour” offers the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Mozart. With a guided tour of the city and to places steeped in history, such as museums and exhibitions, you will learn everything you need to know about the famous composer.

Mozartplatz

A rectangular square in front of the Neue Residenz in the middle of Salzburg’s old town is called Mozartplatz. Originally you had completely different plans for the space. At the beginning of the 17th century, Prince Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau brought the Italian master builder Vincenzzo Scamozzi to Salzburg.

The plan was to renovate Salzburg Cathedral and expand the old and new residences. Wolf Dietrich had the Hannibal Palace and town houses in the area torn down in 1604. A ballroom building with connecting wings to the new fortress was to be built. However, this never happened and so a square was created – the so-called Mozart Square from 1849.

Mozartdenkmal

In the center of the square is the Mozart monument by Ludwig Schwanthaler. In 1842 the statue of the composer was cast in bronze by Johann B. Stiglmaier. King Ludwig I of Bavaria supported the erection of a statue in favor of the child prodigy. In addition to the marble base, which is now in the Salzburg Museum, he also donated a substantial amount. But as coincidental as the Mozartplatz arose from the demolition of buildings, it happened by chance that the monument could not be unveiled on schedule.

During the excavation work for the monument, Roman mosaic floors were discovered and therefore the inauguration of the statue was postponed by a year.

On September 4, 1842, the time had come and the monument was unveiled in the presence of Mozart’s two sons, Karl Thomas Mozart and Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart. One of his sons conducted a self-made cantata to honor his father. Mozart’s wife Constanze also followed the construction work. Unfortunately, she died a few months before the official unveiling.

The monument shows Mozart with a skirt and long coat. He holds a scroll in his left hand and a pen in his right. His left foot is on a rock. This is supposed to symbolize home.

Mozartsteg

A bridge also bears the name of the famous composer. The Mozartsteg connects Imbergstrasse and Inner Stein in the old town with Mozartplatz and Rudolfskai on the left side of the Salzach. The footbridge is a listed building.

Mozart week and festival dialogues

The museums are managed by the Mozarteum Foundation, which is dedicated to the connection of Mozart’s heritage with contemporary culture. On January 27 of each year, in honor of Mozart’s birthday, she organizes the Mozart Week, at which the best Mozart performers present classical and contemporary music in 30 orchestral, chamber and soloist concerts. In addition to the festival season, the Mozart Weeks with their world’s best artists are a crowd-puller that attracts international guests.

Another project is the Festival Dialoge, which is committed to the sounds of Mozart as a more modern and innovative form of cultural performances of music, dance, video and drama. Thus, modern but also classical music fans are offered numerous opportunities to enjoy music. For Salzburg’s young talents and renowned artists, the Mozarteum Foundation offers various events and concert series, which take visitors deeper into the world of Mozart’s classical compositions.

With the Mozarteum Orchestra and the Mozarteum University there are two other heirs, both of which are respected, independent Salzburg institutions. The university is one of the most prestigious in the world and with 40 courses offers a wide range of options in the fields of art and music.

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