Why Visit the Georg Trakl Memorial Centre?

Housed in his birthplace, the memorial site houses handwrittem documents belonging to the poet. If you are a fan then its a must see.

Georg Trakl was born in Salzburg in 1887 the son of an ironmonger. He lived with his family until he was 21. Therefore the poet’s experiences were associated with the city and are embodied in his poetry and prose. Several poems carry the names of certain places in Salzburg in their titles, others are influenced by the architecture and atmosphere of the city in their imagery. Seven “Trakl sites” are marked by plaques of his poetry.

Trakl did not feel able to cope with life. His failure in school, the futile attempts to become a pharmacist and later the frequent fluctuations between Salzburg, Vienna and Innsbruck turned him into a man haunted by fear and a sense of guilt. He had a remarkable ability to transform his thoughts into poetic images. It was a loss to poetry when he died at the age of 27 in Cracow.

A research and memorial site has been created at the poet’s birthplace on the Waagplatz in Salzburg which is open to the public for guided tours. On display are handwritten and personal documents of the poet, pieces of furniture from his family’s home, secondary literature and an introductory movie. It also includes material pertaining to the poet’s life including manuscripts and photographs.

Opening Times:

Monday-Friday: 2 pm, admission on a guided tour only
Closed: Jan. 5th and 6th, public holidays


Adults € 5.00
Children under 14 free
Youn adults (15-18 years), school groups, students, groups of 10 adults or more per person € 3.00
SalzburgCard: one time free admission

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