5020 Salzburg, Austria
Altstadt (old town)
tel: 0662 84 43 13
fax: +43 662 84 0693
NileGuide Expert tip:
The entrance is from Getreidegasse, but a fascinating view of the house can be had from University Platz, where its bright yellow-and-white facade with dozens of ornately framed windows make an interesting shot.
One of the most popular museums in Salzburg, the house where Mozart was born and lived until he was 17 stands midway along Getreidegasse. The family lived here on the third floor until it became too cramped for the couple with their teenaged children. At that point, Mozart's father moved his family across the river to a new house there on Marktplatz, known today as the Mozart Wohnhaus (also a museum).
The Getreidegasse house was named after its owner, merchant and toy dealer, Johann Lorenz Hagenauer, a friend of the Mozart family. Today it houses reproductions of manuscripts relating to the composer and historical instruments of the period. Here you'll see the violin Mozart played as a child as well as his convert violin, his clavichord and his harpsichord. Furnishings and items from daily life help create a picture of what life what like for the Mozarts and others of their class in 18th century Salzburg.
The second floor of the house contains an exhibit documenting the staging of Mozart's operas through the imaginative use of miniature dioramas.