It's Better to Travel than Arrive?

"To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive"

Robert Louis Stevenson, Virginibus Puerisque, 1881.

"Robert Louis Stevenson speaks utter tosh and has

obviously never flown long haul economy class"

Kristy, first ever blog post, 2011.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Mozart's Birth House, Salzburg, Austria

We had a great look around Mozart's Birth House Museum in Salzburg.  We sort of stumbled on it by accident, but it's well worth a look.  Entry was €7/per person.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in the house at Getreidegasse 9 in Salzburg on 27th January 1756 and lived for his first 17 years in his house.  The house isn't preserved as it would have been when he lived there, but is more of a museum containing music, instruments and information.  One thing I found really interesting was that his sister Maria Anna (known as Nannerl) was equally as talented as he was, but lived her life in the background.

Maria Anna Mozart

I'll be honest, I didn't know that much about Mozart and can only recognise some of his music and operas, but this museum was great.  Wolfgang and Nannerl's father, Leopold, seemed like a bit of a bully and realised that his kids where incredibly talented (as was he).  He worked those kids pretty hard, pushing them to tour Europe and enforcing fairly strict rules.  I learnt a lot from reading the displays and using the fabulous App for iPhone that you can download in the lobby on the free wifi provided.

Mozart's Gebursthaus
Getreidegasse 9
Salzburg  Austria  5020
Phone:- 43 662 84 43 13

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