Windows of the Mozart Geburtshaus, seen from Universitätsplatz
Photo: Lorraine Seal
The Festung, the fortress that sits high on the mountain in the centre of Salzburg, comprises several museums on one site. Your entrance ticket gives you access to all of them. Among the most interesting displays are gilded and painted State Rooms, an exhibit of historical musical instruments and the imaginatively presented display of weapons and armour. Fragments of beautifully drafted medieval frescos can be seen on the walls in the gallery leading to the State Rooms. Take a minute to look for them. A remarkable exhibition covering the Alpine front of World War I is also here.
Accessed from Getreidegasse, the birthplace of Salzburg’s most famous son is possibly the city’s most popular museum. It contains artefacts of his life, including violins, a clavichord and harpsichord he played, and an exhibit showing how families lived in the period.
Across the river on the Right Bank, on Makartplatz, stands the Mozart Wohnhaus, where the Mozarts moved when apartment on Getreidegasse became too small for the family. An excellent audio guide provides an in-depth presentation of the period, as well as insight into Mozart’s work.
Open only over the summer and during Advent and Christmas, the often-overlooked Dom Museum makes a great break from the crowds at the Christmas markets. Go directly to the top floor to see exquisite examples of liturgical treasures and lovely religious art from the medieval, renaissance and baroque periods. A bonus is the passage to the Rupert Oratory exhibits, which takes you through the Dom’s organ loft. This gives you the opportunity to see the cathedral from a very special perspective.
This new exhibition, located in the Panorama Museum wing of the Salzburg Museum, casts light on the true story of the Trapp family, in contrast with the fictionalised account that was popularised in the film and musical tale. It includes manuscripts and artefacts, some on display for the first time ever. Closes 3 November 2012.