Mozart's Birthplace (Mozarts Geburtshaus), Salzburg

Mozart's Birthplace (Mozarts Geburtshaus), Salzburg (must see)

In 1747, Leopold Mozart – a musician of not inconsiderable talent, who held the post of Vice-Capellmeister at the Prince-Archbishop's court – moved into this small rental unit with his new bride, Anna Maria Pertlin, a foster-child of the Convent of St. Gilgen. They soon had a baby girl (Nannerl), and on 27 January 1756, a little boy – baptized as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart – was born. Music was honored in this simple home, where the little ones learned to play piano, harpsichord and violin, and where Wolfgang composed his first boy-genius works. The parents were filled with joy that heaven had granted them such blessings in both their children. Even after they gained fame, touring Europe's palaces and becoming the toast of Salzburg, they continued living in this rather cramped apartment in the Hagenauerhaus, as Leopold had no means other than the modest salary received from the Court.

Today, the 12th-century Hagenauerhaus is the most popular Mozart sight in town; for Mozart's admirers, it's almost a pilgrimage. Shuffling through with the crowds, you'll peruse three floors of rooms displaying paintings, correspondence, personal items, and lots of context, all giving a rich evocation of the Mozart family's life in the mid-18th century. Musical instruments chart the child genius's composing talents, with temporary themed Mozart-related exhibitions being also held.

Tip:
Salzburg Card users need not join the long ticket queue. If planning to go to the Mozart Residence (a 5-minute walk away) as well, there is a special reduced-price ticket for both museums. Do visit the gift shop, either way, as it has some unique and interesting souvenirs for those caring to look a little closer.

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Mozart's Birthplace (Mozarts Geburtshaus) on Map

Sight Name: Mozart's Birthplace (Mozarts Geburtshaus)
Sight Location: Salzburg, Austria (See walking tours in Salzburg)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
Guide(s) Containing This Sight:

Walking Tours in Salzburg, Austria

Create Your Own Walk in Salzburg

Create Your Own Walk in Salzburg

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Mozart Walking Tour

Mozart Walking Tour

Salzburg was Mozart's home throughout most of his short life. For those who wish to immerse themselves in the Mozart world, there are several locations in the city well worth exploring.

Born on Grain Street (Getreidegasse) and baptized in the nearby Cathedral, Mozart played his first big concert, at age 6, at the Residence Palace.

Later, he served as an organist for the Cathedral,...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 Km or 1.5 Miles
Historical Religious Buildings Walking Tour

Historical Religious Buildings Walking Tour

The historic center of Salzburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996, is home to numerous landmarks, including religious sites. Collectively, these historical sanctuaries, from small churches to the impressive Baroque-style Salzburg Cathedral, bear witness to the city's fascinating past and contribute a great deal of charm to its alluring present.

The local Saint Peter's Abbey is...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 Km or 0.9 Miles
Salzburg Introduction Walking Tour

Salzburg Introduction Walking Tour

Dubbed the "City of Mozart", the enchanting Austrian city of Salzburg has gone down in history primarily as the hometown of its greatest son, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. His birthplace on Getreidegasse, a busy shopping street, is now a museum, much like the Mozart Residence, a place where the 18th-century composer spent much of his early life.

Apart from Mozart, however, Salzburg is also...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
Sound of Music Tour

Sound of Music Tour

As the hometown of Mozart, Salzburg is a true mecca for music fans, with no shortage of visitors. In the past few decades, though, Salzburg's Old Town has gained international fame thanks to the Hollywood film "The Sound of Music," shot in 1965. Set on the eve of World War II, the movie follows the lead characters, the Von Trapp family and their nanny played by Julie Andrews, all...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 Km or 2.6 Miles
Old Town Gift Shops

Old Town Gift Shops

Specialty shops make up an integral part of tourist life in Salzburg. The picturesque Old Town of Salzburg boasts a delightful array of gift shops, all within a pleasant walking distance, offering a diverse range of souvenirs and local treasures. Let's take a stroll through some of the notable establishments in this historic area.

We start at Kirchtag, a quaint gift shop known for its...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.9 Km or 0.6 Miles