The city’s most famous son has truly left his mark here. You can find sights or souvenirs with references to Mozart at every corner. The famous figure is sometimes used for all kinds of ideas; whether for ice cream sundaes or other sweet treats such as the universally famous Mozartkugel.
There are also historical monuments dedicated to him, underlining the city’s pride and giving visitors a deep insight into Mozart’s time in Salzburg.
The most impressive remnant of his time is most likely Mozart’s Birthplace. This house is one of the most-visited museums in the world and gives an insight into Mozart’s early life over three different floors. We start our journey into the past at Getreidegasse; discovering how Mozart grew up, when he began making music, and exploring his relationship to his family and other surroundings, which had a great impact on his later career. It is said to be the place where his first works came into being and the historical instruments, such as his first violin, serve as an illustration of how vast his musical talent was, even in his early life.
Mozart Residence at Makartplatz
The second home where Mozart himself lived is located at Makartplatz. After the house where he was born became too small for social functions, the family moved to larger premises in 1773. Mozart lived here for eight years until he moved to Vienna in 1781.
Today in the Mozart Residence, where he once created an estimated 150 works, there is a spacious museum, which thrills its visitors with alternating special exhibitions, as well as with exhibition pieces such as original documents, portraits, and Mozart’s pianoforte. The lectures and concerts that take place there are a particular treat.
Nowadays, the museum is one of the most frequented in the world and should not be missed.
Expected time required: 1.5 hours
Free entry with the Salzburg Card.
Further tip: The museum is also a fixed part of the Mozart City Tour!
Mozart Dinner Concerts and City Tour
For foodies, the “Mozart Dinner Concerts” are a very special spectacle. They transport the participants back to Mozart’s time; during the event, everything is like evenings of that time and it takes place in the baroque hall of the Stiftkeller St. Peter restaurant. Here, guests can indulge in delicacies between musical interludes. Well-known melodies from Mozart’s operas are performed by two opera singers and five musicians while you tuck into your meals, which are based on historical recipes. Here, you can experience Mozart’s heritage up close.
However, these institutions are far from everything that remains of Mozart. In addition to the series of concerts and namesakes, the old town is home to further sights such as the Mozart monument at Mozartplatz or the Papageno fountain. The city’s hustle and bustle reveals its pride.
If it is too much to devote yourself to a discovery tour, then the “Mozart City Tour” offers the chance to follow in Mozart’s footsteps. On this tour through the city and to places steeped in history, such as museums and exhibitions, you will find out everything there is to know about the famous composer.
In front of the New Residence in the Salzburg old town, there is a rectangular square with the name Mozartplatz. There were originally different plans for this square. At the beginning of the 17th century, the Prince-Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau brought the Italian architect Vincenzo Scamozzi to Salzburg.
The plan was to renew Salzburg Cathedral, as well as expand the Old and New Residences. In 1604, Wolf Dietrich had the Hannibal Palace and townhouses in the area torn down to create a festival hall with linking blocks to the New Castle. However, this was never built and thus, the square was created – and named Mozartplatz from 1849 onwards.
In the centre of the square, there is a Mozart monument by Ludwig Schwanthaler. In 1842, the statue of the composer was cast in bronze by Johann B. Stiglmaier. One supporter of erecting a statue honouring the wonderchild was the Bavarian King Ludwig I. In addition to the marble pedestal, which is now located in the Salzburg Museum, he also donated a considerable amount of money. However, as coincidentally as the fact that Mozartplatz had come from the demolishment of buildings was, coincidence would also have it that the monument would not be unveiled on schedule.
During the excavation work for the monument, a Roman mosaic floor was discovered and as a result, the statue’s dedication was postponed by a year.
On the 4th September 1842, the time had finally arrived and the monument was unveiled in the presence of Mozart’s two living sons, Karl Thomas Mozart and Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart. One of his sons directed a self-composed festive cantata to honour his father. Mozart’s wife, Constanze, had also follow the construction work. Unfortunately, she died several months before the ceremonial reveal.
The monument portrays Mozart with a skirt and long coat. In his left hand, he holds a scroll, and in the right, a writing instrument. His left foot rests on a rock to symbolise his home.
There is even a bridge that carries the name of the famous composer. The Mozartsteg Bridge connects the Imbergstraße and Inneren Stein streets in the old town with Mozartplatz and Rudolfskai on the left side of the Salzach. The bridge is a protected monuments.
Mozart Week und Festival Dialogues
The museums are managed by the Mozarteum Foundation, which is devoted to connecting Mozart’s heritage with contemporary culture. Every year on the 27th of January, they organise Mozart Week in honour of Mozart’s birth. Here, the best Mozart performers present classical and contemporary music in 30 orchestral, chamber, and soloist concerts. Aside from the Salzburg Festival, the Mozart Weeks with their best artists in the world are a major attraction which draw in international guests.
Another project is the Festival Dialogues, which commits itself to Mozart’s sounds as a more modern and innovative form of the cultural performances of music, dance, video, and theatre. It offers plenty of opportunities for both modern and classical music fans to enjoy music. The Mozarteum Foundation offers the chance for both young talent from Salzburg and renowned artists to perform with diverse events and series of concerts, which draw visitors even deeper into the world of Mozart’s classical compositions.
Two further namesakes exist in the Mozarteum Orchestra and the Mozarteum University, both of which are prestigious, autonomous Salzburg institutions. The university is one of the most renowned in the world and with 40 degree courses, offers a wide spectrum of options within the fields of Art and Music.