The city of Salzburg is famous for its most famous son, Mozart.

You can find traces of him everywhere in the city: from the famous Mozartkugel to the Mozarteum and Mozartplatz. We went in search of the places where Mozart lived and worked, and where the great artist is still remembered today.

Before we continue, let’s get you into Mozart mode and listen to a few tunes:

And now we continue with our overview:

Mozart’s Garden

Be sure to visit the “Mozart’s garden”. It’s a bit hidden and a short walk up a very steep hill, but it’s worth it.

You’ll get a great view and in spring and summer a nice garden, outside of the busy city.

It’s a small garden where Mozart supposedly composed most of his “Magic Flute” piece. I think it’s called “Mozart Monument”. It’s nice and… it’ll give you a really nice panoramic view of Salzburg, Austria.

View onto Salzburg at dusk.
View onto Salzburg at dusk.

You have to walk to the Northern part of the city, crossing the river Salzach. Walk through the Linzer Gasse until you spot the old gateway, which leads up ‘Imbergstiege’ and to the Kapuziner monastery. Pass that one and you’ll find the statue of Mozart.

Linzergasse to the monastery and Mozart monument in Salzburg, Austria.
Linzergasse to the monastery and Mozart monument in Salzburg, Austria.

We’ve been here in December. So there weren’t any nice flowers. But from the monastery you get a nice view onto the city with its Christmas lights, which was also good.

I only stayed for two days in Salzburg and could not visit the castle and palace that are there but have heard that they are really nice, so if you have the time, do so!

All in all, Salzburg is a really nice city to visit, just don’t be disappointed if you’re looking for nightlife.

You can also experience Mozart’s extraordinary childhood up close in Salzburg’s museums.

Salzburg, the city where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born and grew up, is still a place where his spirit is alive. Numerous concerts, festivals and city tours make it possible to discover his traces.

The two museums dedicated to Mozart’s life and work are particularly impressive. The Birthplace on Getreidegasse is one of Austria’s most popular museums and offers an impressive journey back in time to the 18th century. Here you can see originals, portraits and a reconstructed bourgeois apartment.

Mozart’s Birthplace

Want to know where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born? Then you have to go to the third floor of the Hagenauerhaus at the famous Getreidegasse 9. This is where the composer was born on January 27, 1756 and spent his childhood.

Mozart’s first works are said to have been composed in this apartment. Every year, the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart attracts visitors from all over the world. The museum is one of the most visited in the world.

Do you want to know how the young Mozart grew up and when he started playing music? Or would you like to know more about his family, friends and patrons? Then visit the museum’s impressive exhibition.

Mozart’s life is brought to life on three floors. Walk in awe through Mozart’s original rooms, marvel at historic instruments such as Mozart’s childhood violin, memorabilia and paintings.

The museum in Mozart’s birthplace has been in existence since 1880 and has been repeatedly remodeled, expanded and systematically renovated. Original objects are set in exciting relationships with modern installations and light. The design is intended to last beyond the Mozart Year and open up new ways of experiencing Mozart’s birthplace.

Mozart's Birthplace in Salzburg, Austria.
Mozart’s Birthplace in Salzburg, Austria.

Mozart’s Home

In 1773, the Mozarts and their gifted children, Wolfgang Amadeus and Nannerl, moved into the “Tanzmeisterhaus” on Hannibalplatz, now known as Makartplatz 8.

In this spacious apartment, the family could spread out and many actors and musicians often visited. The young Wolfgang Amadeus wrote several symphonies, piano and violin concertos between 1773 and 1780 and composed about 150 works before he left for Vienna.

The building was badly damaged during the Second World War, but was later faithfully restored and opened as the second Mozart Museum in 1996.

Today, the house is still filled with the spirit of the family and offers visitors the opportunity to experience Mozart up close. In the historic Dance Master’s Room you can admire Mozart’s original instruments and the famous family portrait.

Mozart’s House is open to the public daily, with audio guides available and guided tours available upon request.

Mozarteum

The main building of the International Mozarteum Foundation is located very close to Mozart’s former home.

Mozart’s pianoforte and the Magic Flute House await you on the Makartplatz. A new exhibition on the history of the Mozarteum Foundation and an exciting multivision show round out the experience.

A visit to the Mozart Museums in Salzburg is a highlight for every music lover and cultural traveler.

The Mozarteum Foundation Salzburg is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the famous composer. It was founded in 1880 by citizens of the city, but its roots go back to 1841.

The non-profit organization combines tradition with contemporary culture in its three core areas: concerts, such as the Mozart Week; Mozart museums, such as Mozart’s birthplace and residence; and science, such as the Mozart Institute. Today, there are two other independent institutions in Salzburg that bear the name “Mozarteum”: The Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg and the University Mozarteum Salzburg at Mirabellplatz 1.

Mozartplatz and Mozart Monument

Let’s discover another of Salzburg’s special treasures: the Mozart Monument on Mozartplatz. In the picturesque old town of Salzburg is the rectangular Mozart Square, nestled between the magnificent Salzach River and the historic Residenzplatz.

This square was inaugurated in 1842 in honor of the famous composer. And as early as 1835, the Polish writer Julius Schilling had the idea of erecting a monument to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, although he was not well known at the time. Enthusiastic friends of the composer from all over the world joined the project.

Thanks to a generous donation from King Ludwig I of Bavaria, the monument, including the pedestal and bronze statue, was finally commissioned. The talented artist Ludwig Schwanthaler designed the statue and the foundryman Johann Baptist Stiglmaier produced the bronze. The magnificent Mozart monument was finally unveiled in 1842.

Unfortunately, Mozart’s widow died shortly before the unveiling, but his two sons were able to attend the ceremony. If you look closely, you will see a plaque at Mozartplatz number 8. It reminds us that Mozart’s widow had her last residence here.

The square was originally called St. Michael’s Square, but in 1849 it was renamed Mozart Square in honor of the composer.

Just a few steps away from Mozartplatz are other historic landmarks such as the Salzburg Glockenspiel, Residenzplatz and Domplatz. A perfect place to enjoy the beauty and history of Salzburg.

Mozart Monument at the Mozart Square in Salzburg, Austria.
Mozart Monument at the Mozart Square in Salzburg, Austria.

Mozartkugel

But that’s not all Salzburg has to offer. Have you ever heard of the legendary Mozartkugel? This sweet souvenir is definitely a highlight of the city!

You can find them on every corner, but if you ask me, you should definitely try the handmade version from Konditorei Fürst. After all, that’s where the original was invented.

To make a Mozartkugel, take a piece of green pistachio marzipan, coat it generously with nougat, and stick it on a wooden stick. Then dip the whole thing in melted dark chocolate.

Voila, the sweet treat is ready!

In three to four days, the talented confectioners at the House of Fürst create a fresh batch of their extraordinary pralines – all lovingly handcrafted. Each individual ball is made with the utmost care and attention to detail, which you can taste immediately when you enjoy it. The chocolate is freshly poured over the center for an unparalleled taste experience.

It is truly impressive that no less than three million Mozartkugel leave the counters of the four confectioneries in Salzburg every year. This is a testament to the quality and taste of these sweet delicacies, which are loved by locals and tourists alike.

Mozartkugel in Austria.
Mozartkugel in Austria.

Sphaera: A different “Mozartkugel”

OK. This has nothing to do with Mozart, but it looks good enough to get mentioned here.

German sculptor Stephan Balkenhol created this stunning sculpture called “Sphaera” on the Kapitelplatz. With its base, it reaches a stately height of about 9 meters.

The sculpture shows a male figure standing relaxed on a huge golden sphere. The man is wearing black trousers and a white shirt, and his posture and facial expression are completely neutral and unexcited. You may or may not know him, but he could just as easily be any other guy. A cool photo point, right?

Sphaera by Balkenhol in Salzburg, Austria.
Sphaera by Balkenhol in Salzburg, Austria.

Go on an exciting journey of discovery in Salzburg’s Old Town and follow in Mozart’s footsteps!

The entire Old Town is a living museum for you to explore. The themed walking tour “Walking Tour: Mozart, Old Town and more” takes you to the most important stations of Mozart’s life and legacy.

Explore the vibrant heart of Salzburg by embarking on a journey of discovery that begins at Mirabell Palace. Here you will have the opportunity to explore the magnificent sights hidden within this magnificent palace. Under the rule of the famous baroque Prince Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Reitenau, the palace was built for his mistress Salome Alt and her 15 children.

From Makartplatz, which is right next to Mirabell Palace, you can marvel at the Mozart Residence and explore the New Town before crossing the picturesque Makartsteg bridge into Salzburg’s Old Town.

In Salzburg’s most famous street, Getreidegasse, you’ll be greeted by wrought-iron trade signs and Mozart’s birthplace. Stroll through Salzburg’s Old Town and admire the historic buildings built from the Middle Ages to the Baroque, such as medieval homes and churches.

And to top off the tour, enjoy an optional panoramic view from the Mönchsberg with a free guide.

Good to know

You will be accompanied on the tour by an experienced guide and will even get an optional 30 minute extension. If you would like to further enhance your experience on the Mönchsberg, you have the option of using an elevator for only €4 per person.

To be prepared for the adventure, you should wear comfortable shoes and have your passport or ID card with you (a copy will be accepted). Please note that luggage or large bags are not allowed, nor are pets (assistance dogs are allowed).

If you need to change your plans, it’s no problem. You can cancel your tour up to 24 hours in advance and get a full refund. The tour lasts 2.5 hours and you can skip the lines if there are separate entrances. So you will visit major sights, without standing in line.

Salzburg is a city full of life and history waiting to be discovered by you. In the evening you can add something unique and special…

A classical concert and optional with a candle light dinner! Keep on reading…

Mirabell Palace in Salzburg, Austria.
Mirabell Palace in Salzburg, Austria.

Classical concert at Mirabell Palace

Prepare yourself for a memorable trip to Mozart’s world with a concert at Mirabell Palace.

While admiring the historic Baroque Marble Hall, enjoy masterpieces by Mozart and other great classical composers.

The program offers

  • MOZART: Serenade G Major KV 525 “A Litte Night Music“
  • MOZART: Salzburg Divertimento D Major KV 136
  • BOCCHERINI: Fandango – guitar quintet d major G. 448
  • VIVALDI: Concert for Guitar and Strings D-Major RV 93

Treat yourself to an extraordinary concert at the beautiful Mirabell Palace in Salzburg and listen to the sounds of talented soloists and chamber ensembles performing masterpieces by Mozart, Vivaldi, Haydn, Puccini and Beethoven. The Salzburg Palace Concerts are one of the most important chamber music series in the world and will enchant you with their unique charm. Immerse yourself in the world of classical music and experience an unforgettable evening of culture and music in Salzburg!

Good to know

  • It starts at 8 pm and goes nearly 2 hours.
  • To get there take bus number 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 22 or 25 to “Mirabellplatz.” This stops almost right in front of Mirabell Palace
  • The dress code is smart/casual
  • Price: Category II – €38 / Cateogry I – €44

Just show your smartphone ticket at the entrance. If you have a Category I ticket, you will get a numbered seat in the center section (rows 1-10), which will be assigned to you after booking. With a Category II ticket, you’ll end up in the empty seats behind and next to the Category I seats. So grab your ticket and let’s go!

Mozart Candle Light Dinner and Concert

If you want more ‘than just’ music, why not add a candle light dinner. Then enjoy a magical evening at the Stiftskulinarium, the oldest restaurant in central Europe.

Be enchanted by the magical music, luxurious ambiance and delicious food at a concert series honoring Austria’s greatest composer.

Enjoy the sounds of Mozart’s masterpieces performed by an instrumental ensemble and two opera singers in authentic Baroque costumes. Experience a unique performance of the most famous arias and duets such as The Magic Flute, Don Giovanni and Figaro.

During intermission, enjoy a delicious dinner inspired by historic recipes from Mozart’s time. Relax in the candlelight of the Stiftskulinarium, the oldest restaurant in Central Europe, and let the atmosphere enchant you.

Candle Light Dinner and Mozart Concert in Salzburg, Austria.
Candle Light Dinner and Mozart Concert in Salzburg, Austria.

Good to know

  • It starts at 7:20 pm and goes 2.5 hours.
  • Take a bus that stops at either the “Herbert-von-Karajan-Platz” or the “Zentrum Rathaus”, both of which are a short walk away.
  • Alternatives for vegetarians, vegans and those with allergies are available and vary from season to season. Please contact the venue directly for special dietary requests.
  • Price:
    19:20 – Category III – EUR 78,-
    19:25 – Category II – EUR 89,-
    19:30 – Category I – EUR 108,-

Just come to the box office (opens at 18:30) and pick up your paper voucher. Don’t worry, your smartphone ticket will be exchanged and you can enjoy the evening. However, we recommend that you arrive no later than 19:15 to ensure to get the best possible service. If you arrive later, you can still get a seat during the intermission.

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