Getreidegasse is the main shopping street in the old town. It is characterised by its ornate wrought iron signs hanging from the high town houses on each side. The houses date from the 12th century and many passage ways with shops connect the street to others in the Old Town. The shops range from International fashion chains to charming inns and businesses. Don’t be fooled by some of the shops that have narrow fronts – many go back a long way!
Many of the buildings are ‘Through Houses’ and are typical of the Salzburg historical district. The front and back of the buildings let directly out onto different streets with arcaded passage ways linking the two. Take the time to explore some of these hidden gems.
The most famous house on the street is No 9. The birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart who lived there with his family until he was 17. Visit the Mozart Geburtshaus museum that includes his first musical instruments together with portraits, documents and early editions of his work.
Following Getreidegasse from west to east it becomes Judengasse which was the Medieval Jewish quarter until the early 1400’s. One of the most significant houses is number 15 which is now a hotel and trace its foundations to before 1270. Continuing along Judengasse will bring you to Mozartplatz.