I’m not a Mozart classical music fan, but if you are in Salzburg you probably should take the opportunity to visit one of the two museums dedicated to Salzburg’s most famous son. Today, the former Mozart family home contains a small museum where Mozart’s childhood violin, harpsichord, and many other documents (including early written music) are on display. Wolfgang, (I love that name) was the seventh child of Leopold Mozart, who was a musician in the Salzburg Royal Chamber. From 1747–1773 the Mozart family lived on the third floor of this house. After being largely destroyed during World War II, the building was reconstructed according to its original plans and was re-opened to the public in 1996. Visiting the birthplace (house) of Mozart has apparently become something of a Mecca for true fans. Over 40 years ago, I suggested to my wife that we name our first son “Wolfgang” after the Olympic pole vaulter Wolfgang Reinhardt of whom I was a big fan. Although my wife had some German/Austrian lineage, she said “No”. Well, actually, it was “Hell, no”.
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