In this house on Makartplatz 8, which was first mentioned in a document in 1617, W.A. Mozart lived from 1773 to 1780. In the rooms of the former Mozart family flat on the first floor today you will find a museum that documents the history of the house and the Mozart family's life.
Since 1711 the aristocracy regularly hosted dancing events at the so called Tanzmeisterhaus. The Tanzmeistersaal hall was not only venue for dance but also for court etiquette. After the owner, court dance master and valet Franz Karl Gottlieb Spöckner, had died the house was passed on to his cousin, who was mentioned several times in Mozart's letters as "Tanzmeister Mitzerl”. Later Tanzmeistersaal was rented out for events.
The Mozarts moved to the other side of the river in 1773, in order to move from the Hagenauer Haus on Getreidegasse – Mozart's birthplace – to Tanzmeisterhaus on Makartplatz. The old flat had become too small and something bigger was needed. On Makartplatz the famous family around the musical genius and Salzburg's most famous son, Wolfgang Amadeus, lived in eight rooms on the first floor. Apart from Tanzmeistersaal, a special music room was also part of the Mozart family's flat. Leopold Mozart used it to display pianos he sold.
At first the square on the right Salzach bank was called "Hannibalplatz”. In 1879, to celebrate the Markart parade it was renamed "Markartpatz” and still is part of the UNESCO World Heritage. It is located in the city's historic centre.
During the National Socialism period it was shortly called "Adolf-Hitler-Platz” but renamed very quickly. The name Makartplatz was chosen, in remembrance of the painter Hand Markart.
In addition to Mozart's Residence you can find further sights and landmarks at this historic place: Dreifaltigkeitsgasse with the Dreifaltigkeitskirche church and Priesterhaus are located right on Makartplatz, just like Salzburg Landestheater.
Dreifaltigkeitskirche is a church that dates back to 1694-1702 and is considered to be on of the most important works by architect Johann Berhard Fischer von Erlach, who also built Kollegienkirche in Salzburg.
Visit the former Tanzmeisterhaus on Makartplatz and dive into the Mozart family's lifestyle. In every room another station in the family's life is shown and there are also various original documents exhibited.
Here can you find the current opening times and prices.