Getreidegasse

If you can find some time to wander along Getreidegasse without being surrounded by thousands of tourists, you will truly appreciate what a beautiful and medieval street this is. Quite a narrow street with tall townhouses on either side, you will notice many beautiful features such as ornate doorways, informative murals and of course the trademark wrought iron guild signs hanging above the storefronts.

Getreidegasse has been in use since Roman times when it was part of the main road network through Europe. Over time it developed into an important trading street and became a popular residential street for the wealthy, the professional class and some state officials. Even today it is Salzburg’s most exclusive shopping street with designer stores and specialist boutiques making up many of the commercial tenants.

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Unlike many such streets, Getreidegasse remains a residential neighbourhood with students and even families to be found living in the upper floors of the houses.

You have probably noticed that many of the houses link Getreidegasse with the surrounding streets – a so called ‘Durchhaus’ – ‘Through House’. These through houses are public thoroughfare and by walking through some you get an idea of the numbers and size of apartments hidden from view on the street.

Getreidegasse is also, of course, the birthplace of Mozart and you can visit the place he called home for the first 17 years of his life. You can’t miss the bright yellow building with the Austrian flags on display. It’s actually a very interesting museum and well worth an hour or two if you have the time.

Another famous inhabitant was Salome Alt, the mistress of Prince Archbishop Wolf Dietrich, for whom Mirabell Palace was originally built. She was registered as the owner of No 33 in the early 1600s.

While it can certainly feel like a tourist trap, if you get an opportunity be sure to visit the street either early in the morning or late in the evening to really appreciate it.

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