I'm going to start with Mozart's sites in Salzburg. This famous yellow building is where he was born in 1756 (9 Getreidegasse). Inside photographs are not allowed. On exhibition was lots of documents, letters, the family possessions, their kitchen etc. What I loved seeing the most was Wolfgang's small violin (probably a 1/8 size? It comes up in Google image search) and his wallet that he carried until his death. It's a white/ivory silk wallet with elegant lace patterns.
Here, Wolfgang started his music studies with his father, Leopold, at the age of 3 on harpsichord. In a few years he started composing! In 1762, Leopold took him out to the world for the first time and he started touring as a child prodigy.
Wolfgang was not happy here -- he was tied down in Salzburg as a court musician. He did not have enough opportunities to present his works. But with his talent he could have gotten a bigger and better job out in Vienna or Italy or... somewhere other than Salzburg. With frequent request to tour around (acutally a job hunting tour), Bishop Colloredo had to dismiss him and Leopold from their court musician positions. In 1781, he finally moved to Vienna as a freelance musician.
To be continued to a different composer's site tour!