The Goldgasse in Salzburg lies in the heart of the Salzburg historical district and connects the Residenzplatz with the Alter Markt. This romantic lane gets its name from the goldsmiths and other artisans who once had their businesses there.
A few centuries ago, Salzburg’s Goldgasse was a hub for the businesses of numerous artisans here in Salzburg. While the focus has shifted in more recent times to folk fashions, leather goods, wines and antiques, the Goldgasse has lost none of its historical charm.
Houses and their history
The houses of the Goldgasse in Salzburg, most of which are 5 to 6 stories tall, have done their part to shape the character of the historical district. Strolling along this lane, attentive pedestrians may well catch sight of some true works of art: including house signs that beseech the saints for blessing and protection, such as a depiction of the coronation of Mary (No. 9 Goldgasse) as well as Saints Florian and Sebastian (No. 16 Goldgasse), and even a replica of the miraculous carving of Altötting together with an angel’s head (No. 6 Goldgasse).
We wish to draw particular attention to the Reitsamerhaus (No. 5 Goldgasse), a house which was first chronicled back in 1424. It was at this house that, in 1700, French merchant Jean Fontaine first received his license to serve coffee. Later, this coffeehouse moved to the Alter Markt, where, now Café Tomaselli, it continues to captivate its guests with sweet temptations and a variety of brews.
Since it began in 1997, the traditional Goldgassen Fest has rolled out the red carpet for visitors. Aside from numerous musical acts, local businesses attract customers with some truly great offers. If you need a break, there are ample opportunities to enjoy sweet and salty treats along the way, as you savor the medieval atmosphere amid the picturesque setting of the Salzburg historical district.