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Mozarthaus

Mozart also loved Vienna, a cultured and elegant city. Visit Mozarthaus, the house where the brilliant composer lived his happiest years.

The Mozarthaus is an unmissable stop on any Mozart itinerary in Austria and one of the capital’s most visited tourist attractions.

The brilliant composer Wolfang Amadeus Mozart lived in Vienna for about 10 years of his life, from 1781 to 1791, loving it far more than his native city of Salzburg; for three of these years, from 1784 to 1787, Mozart’s home was a stately palace in the centre of Vienna.

These were particularly happy and prolific years for the Austrian musician, who was already well established at the time and it was here that he composed some of the most famous works of his career, including The Marriage of Figaro and three of the six string quartets dedicated to Franz Joseph Haydn.

On 27 January 2006, the 250th anniversary of the musician’s birth, the stately home at Domgasse 5 was opened to the public, converted into a modern three-storey museum that will introduce you to the life, works and secrets of a composer whose works rewrote the history of music.

Visit to the Mozarthaus

The Mozarthaus is known as Mozart’s House, but in reality Mozart’s flat is only the best-known area of an extensive museum dedicated to the life of the famous composer, which occupies a total area of 1,000 square metres spread over the three floors of the historic building at Domgasse 5.

The other two sections of the museum are ‘Mozart’s Music’ and ‘Mozart’s Vienna’, located on the second and third floors respectively; Mozart’s flat occupies the first floor.

The Mozarthaus also houses the museum gift shop and the Bösendorfer-Saal, an elegant hall for concerts and events.

Mozart’s flat

Don’t miss the opportunity to enter Mozart’s best-loved, largest, most elegant and most expensive flat.

The flat where Mozart lived with his family consists of four large rooms, two small ones and a kitchen. Paintings, documents and information panels will make you relive the life of Mozart and his family, while the period furniture used to furnish the flat is intended to recreate the atmosphere of 18th-century Vienna.

Look for the original clock from the late 18th century that plays a variation of the‘Andante K616 for a cylinder in a small organ’: the music was perhaps written by Mozart for this very clock.

Mozart’s music

The second floor of the Mozarthaus houses a permanent exhibition that will introduce you to Mozart’s music through multimedia content and interactive installations.

You can find out how the collaboration between the brilliant composer and the librettist Lorenzo da Ponte, which culminated in the production of such famous operas as ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ and ‘Don Giovanni’, took place and learn about the other musicians and composers who were colleagues or enemies of Mozart.

Special attention is paid to the last years of Mozart’s career and the composition of the famous Requiem. An audiovisual installation shows an interesting overview of the international productions of ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’, emphasising the different approaches chosen by opera directors from the world’s best theatres.

The most curious attraction on this floor is certainly the multimedia installation showing holographic images of scenes from ‘The Magic Flute’, sometimes fascinating, sometimes ghostly.

While visiting the exhibition on the second floor, take a look at the stuccoes on the ceiling and the paintings on the walls, original from Mozart’s time. They will give you an idea of how Mozart’s house might have been decorated in the years when it was inhabited by the musician.

Mozart’s Vienna

Although he was originally from Salzburg, Mozart loved Vienna very much: writing to his father, he described it as ‘a magnificent place’ and ‘the best place to work’.

Discover the Vienna so beloved by Mozart by visiting the exhibition on the top floor of the Mozarthaus, which focuses on the composer’s personal life and the social and cultural context during the years he spent in the Austrian capital.

You will discover all the places where Mozart lived during his years in Vienna (but be aware that the flat at the Mozarthaus is the only one left intact), the places where he played and the key people in his artistic and personal life.

The darkest corners of Mozart’s life and character will not be hidden from you, such as his links with Freemasonry, his immoderate social life, his passion for gambling and his vanity.

A curious attraction for adults with a voyeuristic spirit is the Grabennymphen installation, a door through which one can peek through five keyholes to watch some spicy shows depicting erotic entertainments in late 18th-century Vienna: Mozart would surely have appreciated it.

How to save on admission

The Mozarthaus is one of over 200 attractions included in the Vienna Card, Vienna’s official tourist card, which allows free or discounted admission to the city’s most famous museums and monuments; in addition, with the Vienna Card you can use public transport for free and enjoy discounts in many shops, bars and restaurants.

Mozarthaus for families

Bring your children along Mozarthaus is afamily-friendly attraction thanks to the special children’s audio guides (available in 8 languages) that accompany them on their visit to the museum in a fun way.

There are discounted tickets for children and young people up to the age of 19 and family tickets for two adults and three children.

How to get to the Mozarthaus

The Mozarthaus is located in the historic centre of Vienna, a stone’s throw from other famous sights such as St Stephen’s Cathedral and Stephansplatz.

You can quickly get to the area by underground (lines U1 and U3) and from there it is only a few minutes’ walk to the Mozarthaus.

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Useful information

Address

Mozarthaus, Domgasse 5, 1010 Wien, Austria

Contacts

TEL: +43 1 5121791

Timetables

  • Monday: 10:00 - 18:00
  • Tuesday: 10:00 - 18:00
  • Wednesday: 10:00 - 18:00
  • Thursday: 10:00 - 18:00
  • Friday: 10:00 - 18:00
  • Saturday: 10:00 - 18:00
  • Sunday: 10:00 - 18:00

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Bus stops

  • HOP ON HOP OFF Station Vienna Sightseeing (615 mt)

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