Tourism and Heritage Magazine | In the footsteps of Mozart in Strasbourg

In 1778, Mozart was 22 years old. Paris, where he lives, only represents bad memories: his mother died there during the summer and he did not meet with the expected success.

He therefore left the capital and arrived in Strasbourg in autumn, where he lived for a few weeks before returning to Austria.

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The city has kept traces of this lightning passage: an itinerary through emblematic places of Mozart’s stay, which begins at Place du Corbeau.

The courtyard of the former hostellerie du Corbeau

On October 10, Mozart sets foot in the city. At the time, the courtyard housed a post office for horses. Young Wolfgang arrives from Nancy and gets out of a horse-drawn carriage, before continuing his journey.

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La Cour du Corbeau is currently one of the oldest hotels in Europe! Stop to admire this magnificent architectural ensemble of the Renaissance.

Then, cross the Corbeau bridge and continue on the rue du Vieux-Marché-aux-Poissons. Cross the Place des Tripiers and continue on rue de l’Ail. At the crossroads, go to Place Saint-Thomas.

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Mozart gave his first Strasbourg concert in the Hôtel du Miroir. OTSR Photo

Saint-Thomas church

Mozart plays an organ by Jean-André Silbermann, completed in 1741. The instrument can be observed at the entrance of the church. Mozart writes that he “played in public on the two best organs here, by Silbermann: in the New Church and in St. Thomas”.

This Protestant church is a fine example of Gothic art. Observe in the choir the mausoleum of Maréchal de Saxe (baroque funerary art of the 18th century).

Take the rue des serruriers, continue to number 29.

The Hotel du Miroir

During Mozart’s stay, the headquarters of the corporation of merchants was a fashionable place, where balls, concerts, banquets took place… On October 17, he gave his first concert there.

Continue along the street to Place Gutenberg. On the base of the statue, Mozart is represented alongside other famous Europeans (he is in profile, in the 2nd plan).

Take rue des Grandes-Arcades to place Kléber.

One can observe on the pediment of the Aubette a medallion representing Mozart.  OTSR Photo
One can observe on the pediment of the Aubette a medallion representing Mozart. OTSR Photo

L’Aubette

This building, which had just been completed in 1778, will subsequently house the Conservatory of Music. This is why medallions of musicians (including Mozart) appear on the building.

Cross the square, take rue de l’Outre and turn right.

Temple Neuf

It was in this other building that Mozart played another organ designed by the Silbermann brothers. The new church was restored in 1681 and became the parish of the Lutherans.

Go to rue du Temple Neuf. Turn left on rue du Dôme, as far as place Broglie.

Place Broglie

In the theater, Mozart gives his two other Strasbourg concerts on October 24 and 31. He writes: “I had the same recipe there, to the surprise, the annoyance and the shame of all Strasbourg residents.

The director, Mr. Villeneuve, got carried away, but there as it should, in insults against the inhabitants of this detestable city. […] I must tell you, however, that by dint of clapping and clapping their hands, they hurt my ears as much as if the whole theater had been full. After his last concert, he left for Austria.

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