Fraulein Maria Says
Fans of the movie will instantly recognise the bridge as the one used in the scene where Maria and the children sang ‘Do Re Mi’. The children also danced along the bank of the river beside the bridge during ‘My Favourite Things’.
The Mozartsteg was built in 1903 by a private organisation called the Mozartstegverein (Mozartsteg Club) to join the Steingasse area of the new town with the Mozartplatz are of the old town. The group charged a toll to cross the bridge until 1920 and you can still see the toll station on the old town side of the bridge. Today it’s a small coffee shop serving anyone in need of a quick caffeine fix.
The coffee connection is actually quite appropriate. The story goes that the bridge was originally the idea of Georg Krimmel who owned the ‘Cafe Corso’ coffee shop. He felt that his business was not doing as well as it might and that the bridge would bring more customers.
In 1921 the city purchased the bridge and opened it up to pedestrians and cyclists. The bridge was closed for a time during 2011 when serious damage was discovered and the bridge was deemed to be unsafe. There was much debate about whether and how the renovations should take place and a plan was even put in place to sell advertising space on the bridge. Luckily this idea was abandoned. The total cost of the repairs ran to €1.5m and the bridge re-opened to the public in September 2011.
It’s still in use and is one of the best loved and prettiest landmarks in Salzburg today. Just be careful when walking across the bridge that you don’t get run over by the many cyclists ignoring the polite request to dismount when crossing.
All in all the bridge does not disappoint and we’re sure you’ll be glad you stopped by.