Salzburg, Austria. 17th - 21st December 2016
Despite the city's small size it in fact boasts two Mozart museums and just across the river visitors can wander through Mozart's later residence which contains some of the composer's actual instruments. Salzburg is also home to the worlds only Mozart Foundation who's remit is to promote his work and heritage and to carry out research about the artist.
We visited both museums during our visit. They are chock-full of information, a lot of it unrelated stories about family members etc. In all it is a little overwhelming and we found it difficult to take in The volume of information as presented. However, we were struck by how early he showed his genius. Mozart began leaning the piano at 3 and composing by 5. He had completed his first symphony at age 8. Feeling in adequate yet?
Mozart's work is still regularly performed in Salzburg theatres and his name and image appears on far more of the city's souvenirs than anything else. However, while the Salzburgians are anxious to play up this sophisticated heritage we couldn't help but notice that Monty Python's "Spamalot" was playing in the theatre less than a stone's throw from Mozart's residence.