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A Day with Mozart in Salzburg

A musical genius and most certainly one of the world’s most prolific and influential composers, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a true son of Salzburg. Explore Mozart's wonderful Baroque city in his footsteps and gain insights into how Salzburg inspired his music.

Morning

Start off the day with breakfast at the legendary Café Tomaselli (Alter Markt 9). A venerable Salzburg institution, the café dates back to Mozart’s time. It is said that Wolfgang Amadeus himself was a frequent guest and his beverage of choice was almond milk. His widow, Konstanze, lived upstairs with her second husband for a while. The Tomaselli is the perfect starting point to begin your stroll through Salzburg’s Old Town, which is in many ways the same as it was during Mozart’s lifetime. Walk past the Mozart Square and take a look at the statue, erected in 1844 as the first monument dedicated to the composer.
 
Just around the corner, visit the Salzburg Cathedral. Not only is the cathedral Salzburg’s most significant Baroque building, it is also the church where Mozart was baptized. To the left of the entrance you will find the original baptismal font.  Later in life, in his capacity of court organist and concertmaster, Mozart composed numerous works of sacred music to be performed here.

Afterwards, walk via Alter Markt over to the Getreidegasse street and visit Mozart’s Birthplace at Number 9, now one of two museums dedicated to Mozart in the city. Mozart’s birthplace is open daily from 9 am - 5.30 pm (during July and August till 7 pm). We suggest lunch at the Stiftskulinarium (formerly St. Peter Stiftskeller), just a short walk away. Considered the oldest restaurant in Europe (a first historical mention dates back to 803) it offers authentic local cuisine in impressive historic surroundings.
 

Afternoon

What better way to start off the afternoon than with a jolt of chocolate. At Konditorei Fürst (Brodgasse 13) indulge in a box of Mozartkugeln (Mozart chocolates). Though you can find many variations of this local delicacy around town, this is the place where patissier Paul Fürst invented this world famous creation - a pistachio marzipan center hand-dipped into dark chocolate nougat. It is still individually produced at Konditorei Fürst.
Afterwards, walk on the Staatsbrücke across the Salzach river to the Mozart Residence, on Makartplatz 8, where the Mozart family moved in 1773 and which is now the second museum dedicated to Mozart in Salzburg.

Then head over to the Bibliotheca Mozartiana (Schwarzstrasse 26) which contains about 35,000 titles and is the most extensive Mozart library in the world. 
 

Evening

Naturally your evening should include either a concert of the Mozarteum, or a performance of a Mozart Opera at the world famous Salzburg Marionette Theater. Enjoy a late-night dinner at the upscale Hotel Sacher, or go for local fare at cozy local beer tavern, the Fideler Affe.
 
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„Letters from Austria“ is a collection of stories from one stunning road trip through Austria. It features stops in the Arlberg Region, Salzburg, the surrounding SalzburgerLand, Graz, and Vienna. Explore these picturesque and romantic parts of the country and feel the magic of the mountains.

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A Day with Mozart in Salzburg

  • Exhibition at Mozart's birthplace in Salzburg © Christian Schneider Exhibition at Mozart's birthplace in Salzburg © Christian Schneider
  • Try the original Mozartkugel © Café Konditorei Fürst Try the original Mozartkugel © Café Konditorei Fürst
  • Restaurant Zirbelzimmer © Hotel Sacher Salzburg Restaurant Zirbelzimmer © Hotel Sacher Salzburg
  • Mozart's birthplace at Getreidegasse 9 © Tourismus Salzburg GmbH Mozart's birthplace at Getreidegasse 9 © Tourismus Salzburg GmbH
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart © Österreich Werbung / Kraft Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart © Österreich Werbung / Kraft
  • Rehearsal of the Camerata Orchestra Salzburg in the Mozarteum © Tourismus Salzburg GmbH / Wolfgang Lienbacher Rehearsal of the Camerata Orchestra Salzburg in the Mozarteum © Tourismus Salzburg GmbH / Wolfgang Lienbacher

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