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Classical music with a tourist flare
Sure enough, I found myself back in Salzburg with my new bride on our honeymoon. I always knew I'd be back, and this was a truly special trip. My wife is Swedish, and has traveled in Europe a lot. We felt like doing something "touristy" for once, and had dinner at the Mozart Dinner Concert.
Unique Suggestions: Relax, enjoy your evening. The food is no good (and that, unfortunately, can happen every now and again in the wonderful country of Austria). The quality of the music is fine, and it's performed live, so you should have fun. You'll likely be sitting next to someone from Wisconsin, California, Canada, but it's only one night!
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This visit was quite expensive (well above 10 Euro per person from memory) and another venue where cameras were not allowed. I personally didn't feel it was worth the time unless you were a Mozart fan and knew a lot more about him than we did. I really tried to show interest in it all as I have a friend at home that loves classical music but struggled anyway. Take a picture of the front (and back like I have) it costs nothing and they were my favourite parts anyway.
Unique Suggestions: Mozart's House is located in the Old Town area.
Fun Alternatives: Just walk around and enjoy all the free views and points of interest. Salzburg really is a place where you can wander all day and spend very little money.
There isn't alot to see and we didn't see anything in ENglish. The rooms are very starnge. We were glad that our visit was free using the Salzburg card as I don't think it was wort paying to visit.
Unique Suggestions: Look out of the window onto the square.
Fun Alternatives: There are plenty of other places to visit so it's no big deal.
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Mozart's Birth Place
Mozart's Birth Place Salzburg
Unique Suggestions: This is an utter rip off - rooms have no furniture in and when you try and take a photo out of the open window you are chased off. OK we saw this on the Salzburg card, but a place to avoid at all times
Fun Alternatives: Go round the wax works in Salzburg, which is good fun and very colourful
Mozart's house really have nothing interesting. I could have read all this in books instead of reading all this in the house!! Yes it's cute house...
Unique Suggestions: listening to the guides was more interesting then visiting it by ourselves...
Fun Alternatives: but still! I think there are a lot of other things to do in Salzurg (like getting ready for a concert for the evening) then visiting the house...
Boring museum alert!
Mozart's Geburtshaus is simply a few rooms with a few plaques hung on the walls, and a room about stage costumes that really has nothing to do with the fact that Mozart lived there for a very short time.
The Wohnhaus is slightly better with a little more to see and an included audioguide that lets you know what exactly you're looking at (but still drones on a little bit too long).
Unique Suggestions: Pretend to conduct the music playing from your audioguide. Let other people stare.
Fun Alternatives: Spend more time at Hellbrunn and the trick fountains!
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Mozart Museum Disappointing
The Mozart museum was disappointing. We were hoping for more information about how he lived his adult life, why he died so young and tragically... But there wasn't anything like that here.
We did like seeing some of the instruments he had owned - but that was the highlight. The rest of the museum was about his comtempories, his father etc.. I don't think they even had his music playing!
Unique Suggestions: Use the Salzburg card so at least it doesn't cost anything.
Don't have high expectations.
Mozart, Mozart, Mozart. Everywhere in Salzburg there is Mozart. Chocolates, liquers, perfumes etc etc. Don't feel that just because you are in Salzburg you have to spend the money seeing all the Mozart stuff. Salzburg has so much to offer apart from just the Mozart / Sound Of Music stuff!!
Unique Suggestions: Keep some time free to explore the rest of the city!
Fun Alternatives: Why not have a look around the city and scenery that INSPIRED Mozart to compose such beautiful music. Salzburg has so many other things to see and do, with many great walks to go on. It will cost you next to nothing as well.
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Mozart didn't like Salzburg
According to the movie Amadeus, which you should rent if you're going to Prague or Vienna or Salzburg, Mozart didn't like Salzburg and got sick of Vienna, but loved Prague. Don't get caught up in the Mozart themed Salzburg... get caught up in the history of Salzburg and the architecture and the food, etc.
The big yellow birthplace to Mozart is worth a quick photo or two from the outside, but the inside is just a house and takes up way to much precious time that could be used touring other parts of the city or eating authentic austrian cuisine.
Mozart concerts - the quality is poor
The quality of widely advertized Mozart concerts is generally poor. You will see students of local music schools playing - this sight definitely not worth the money.
Unique Suggestions: Well, at least enjoy the interior of the palace(s) you're in.
Fun Alternatives: Definitely consider the marionetten theater.
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Don't get me wrong-I am a classical musician. I respect Mozart and would love to see every place he ever lived, but if you are travelling on a budget, it might not be worth the 5 Euros to actually go inside and see what looks like a normal (for Mozart's time) middle class apartment.
Unique Suggestions: Spend some time, taking in everything you can-Mozart's first violin etc. Just make sure you get your money's worth.
Some places are a big miss like the Mozart house and the sound of music tour. I think the price is just way to high for the Mozart house (6 euros).
Unique Suggestions: If you get the Salzburg pass (A MUST DO) then it is included so you should go and see it.
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On every corner it seems, they...
On every corner it seems, they try to sell you Mozart in Salzburg: Chocolates (Mozart Balls), liquors and other kitschy stuff, which is mostly overpriced.
I don't think any locals would ever buy all that Mozart stuff ;-)
Mozart’s Residence (Wohnhaus),...
Mozart’s Residence (Wohnhaus), Makartplatz 8.
There really isn’t a hell of a lot in there. You’re through it in less than a quarter of an hour and the “sophisticated” audio tour sucks as it depends on you standing in certain areas of the exhibition rooms without movement as you otherwise wouldn’t be able to listen to the guide. I felt like asking for my money back.
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