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Art & Culture

A world full of synergies and contrasts

A walk through the city is the ideal way to discover Salzburg’s museums. In the process, you will encounter historic paintings, Austrian history and modern sculptures – a potpourri of art replete with exciting contrasts.

In Mozart’s footsteps

We begin our museum tour in the famous Getreidegasse: Numerous tourists gather every day in front of the bright yellow house at No. 9, the place where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on 27 January 1756. Mozart’s Birthplace catches your eye immediately, not least because of the striking gold lettering. It was here that the composer lived, together with sister “Nannerl” and his parents, until 1773. On three floors of the house, museum visitors learn more about his personal life story, his predilections and other fascinating background information.

The no less famous “Mozart Residence” awaits discovery on the opposite side of the River Salzach: You might even wish to combine your museum visit with a cup of coffee at the Café Classic, located in the same building on Makartplatz Square. Destroyed during the Second World War, then restored true to the original, Wolfgang Amadeus lived in this house for eight years before moving to Vienna in 1781. Original documents and portraits are used to recount the history of the house as well as Mozart’s creative efforts during his Salzburg years.

Modern art above the city’s rooftops

Back in the historical district, our program simply has to include a walk on the Mönchsberg, which we can reach the top of in just 30 seconds by riding the Mönchsberg elevator. Once we are up there, we first need to pause for a few moments to enjoy the fantastic views out over the city. Enthroned here atop Salzburg’s beloved city mountain is the Museum der Moderne, which, with its thematic and monographic exhibitions of art from the 20th and 21st centuries, is a magnet for art lovers from around the world. Likewise the Rupertinum, a city house of the Baroque located close to the Festival Hall, has been adapted as a venue to show modern art. Between them, the two museums share some 3,000 square meters of available exhibition space.

Cultural history and contemporary art

Leaving the Rupertinum, we now cross two squares – the Residenzplatz and Mozartplatz – on our way to the Neue Residenz. In magnificently renovated rooms opened to the public in 2007, the art- and cultural history of Salzburg, both city and province, coalesces with multimedia installations and interactive content, creating the impression of a single harmonious whole.
Through the meandering back lanes of the Kaiviertel, we stroll onwards to the Künstlerhaus. With its red façade, it is easy to find. Aside from Café Cult, the building is home to the Salzburger Kunstverein, which sees itself as a central resource for the communication of international contemporary art. The curatorial approach is focused on new media, film- and video installations, conceptual art and photography.

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