…and then some
On the paternal side, the Mozarts are a Schwabian family whose roots lie in the rural area southwest of Augsburg. In 1643, the first Mozart ancestor, David Mozart, became a citizen of Augsburg, where he had already bought the house in the Frauentorstrasse where in 1731, Leopold Mozart was born.
His father, Johann Georg Mozart, ran his bookbinding business from this house. Leopold, whose ambition and goal-oriented management were significant to the development of his son Wolfgang Amadeus’ career, always remained in close contact with his family in Augsburg. Wolfgang Amadeus visited “my papa’s home town” five times and repeatedly gave concerts here. He maintained a heartfelt relationship with his Augsburg cousin Anna Thekla Mozart (“Bäsle”). Thus, Augsburg considers itself, after Salzburg and Vienna, the third most important city in Mozart’s life—the only German “Mozart City”. It is with this in mind that Augsburg hosts a yearly Mozart Festival.
First in 1937, a memorial room was opened in the Mozart House, and then in 1939 the Hasen Brewery donated the house to the city of Augsburg. After numerous enlargements and renovations over the last decades, today the Mozart House is a modern memorial to the Mozart family and a venue for lectures and concerts.