By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: There’s been quite a bit of news about Mozart’s anniversary from Austria. I wanted to know what plans are made in Germany for the composer’s birthday this year

A: Like Austria, Germany is also throwing a party this year celebrating the great composer’s 250th birthday. Currently, the German Tourism Office has a complimentary brochure available called, “250 Years W.A. Mozart Germany Celebrates” and can be ordered from the GNTO at toll free number 1-877-315-6237 or send them an e-mail to

The Mozart flyer describes where Mozart traveled and lists cities and towns staging spectacular events throughout the calendar year. In fact, it was common place for Mozart to give frequent concert performances at the Schwetzingen Palace and Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam.

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In addition, Augsburg, the birthplace of Wolfgang’s dad Leopold, is holding a big part of the anniversary celebrations. Throughout his musical career, Mozart visited the southern city five times. It’s where he met his first young love Maria Anna Thekla Mozart.

Today you can visit many of the historical sites such as the Golden Hall, Mozart House, Red Gate and the Schaezler Palais. Mozart’s father also lends his name to a 11-day international violin competition which is scheduled May 26 in a concert with the Munich Radio Orchestra.

Here the most talented violinists from universities around the world will compete for a 12,500-Euro ‘Mozart Prize.’ Augsburg is also offering a special travel guide, called “The Mozarts – The German Mozart City Augsburg and Mozart Sites in the Region”.

The guide provides detailed and entertaining information about the life of the Mozarts who lived here for generations working as craftsmen, sculptors and bookbinders.

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Currently, there is a special Mannheim: Mozart’s Stay package which includes one night with breakfast, local bus pass, and sightseeing tour for 49 € per person sharing a double room between May 1 – October 3, 2006.

The package is subject to availability. For reservations email


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