Explore Central Austria Melk Linz Graz Salzburg Bad Gastein Hallstatt Share Getreidegasse, the main street in Salzburg’s old town, is lined with opulent boutiques, painted facades and wrought-iron shop signs. At no. 9 is the canary-yellow Mozarts Geburtshaus, where the musical prodigy was born (in 1756) and lived until the age of 17. Between the waves of tour parties it can be an evocative place, housing some fascinating period instruments, including one of his baby-sized violins. Over the Salzach River on Makartplatz is Mozarts Wohnhaus, the family home from 1773 till 1787, containing an engrossing multimedia history of the composer.