Leopold Mozart and his wife Anna Maria Walburga lived from 1747 to 1773 in the house at Getreidegasse 9, in the heart of Salzburg. The third floor of the “Hagenauer House”, which was built by the merchant Johann Lorenz Hagenauer (1712-1792), a friend of the family, consisted of a kitchen, a living, sleeping and working room, as well as one small Cabinet.
Joannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus was born there on January 27, 1756, who later went down in history as Wolfgang Amadeus as one of the most famous and talented musicians and composers.
The house where Mozart was born was opened as a museum by the International Mozart Foundation on 15 June 1880 and was refurbished in 1994 by experts using the latest museum technology. In recent years, it has been renovated and redesigned to preserve the precious exponents in their original state.
The museum focuses on authentic portraits and original instruments of the young Mozart such as his first violin, his clavichord or the fortepiano.
On the first floor of Mozart’s birthplace, there is an annually changing special exhibition on a ubiquitous topic relating to the life and works of Mozart. On the second floor the theme of Mozart and theatre is presented, as well as the history of the reception of Mozart’s operas. But also furniture and everyday utensils from the time of Mozart can be admired by the thousands of visitors every year.
In 1773, the Mozart family moved into a spacious eight-room apartment on Hannibalplatz (today Makartplatz) on the banks of the Salzach, where they could use enough space for social gatherings and a large music hall and dance hall. Already there Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed in the circle of the family numerous piano and violin concerts as well as divertimenti, serenades and symphonies.
In 1944 Mozart’s house was largely destroyed by the bombing, but again faithfully restored by the International Mozarteum Foundation and turned into a museum that opened its doors to tourists in January 1996 for the first time.
Enjoying the unique flair and ambience of the Mozart city of Salzburg begins at the hotel, where two excellent addresses are available: Villa Ceconi, a renovated and restored city villa from an old family estate with architecturally original details such as the wooden floors or the windows, or Hotel zur Post, a typical Salzburg townhouse.
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