Prague 5 – Smíchov, Mozartova 2
Tel: 257 317 465
Fax: 257 316 753
The villa Bertramka, a former a vineyard manor house from the turn of the 17th century, is called after one of its first owners, Bertram of Bertram. In 1784 it became summer house of the outstanding Czech singer Josepha Duschek and her husband, piano player, teacher and composer Franz Xaver Duschek. The Duscheks are credited with promoting the Prague performances of Mozart´s operas Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio) and Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) and with inviting Mozart to Prague.
In the idyllic environment of Bertramka Mozart finished his masterpiece Don Giovanni just before its memorable Prague premiere on 29 October 1787. There he also composed a concert aria Bella mia fiamma -addio… for his hostess. For the second and last time Mozart visited Bertramka in the autumn of 1791 on the occasion of the performance of the coronation opera La clemenza di Tito. Mozart's stays at the Bertramka belonged among the most beautiful moments in his short and sorrowful life. The first Mozart biographer, Frantisek Nemecek, confirms the welcoming atmosphere of Bertramka: "The house of Mrs Duschek was at that time a meeting point of leading personalities and talented artists local as well as foreign. Because it was her who set the tone in music, there was no musician in Prague who would not seek admission and support there."
In 1838 the manor house came to the possession of a great Mozart´s admirer Lambert Popelka, a merchant in Prague. The last owner gave the villa to the international foundation Mozarteum in Vienna in 1925. In 1929 it was bought by the Mozart Community in Prague and remained in its possession until 1986. Then state took it over and had it reconstructed the following year.
In 1956 a permanent exhibition of W.A. Mozart and the Duscheks was opened at Bertramka giving evidence of Mozart´s relation to Prague and to the outstanding personalities of the rich Czech cultural life at that time. Regular chamber concerts are held at Bertramka, either in the authentic music salon with wall paintings or in the romantic garden during the summer. The villa has kept the atmosphere of the times when the brilliant composer lived and worked there.
How to get there:
Metro line B - Andel, tram 4,7,9,10 stop Bertramka
Parking place for cars, access for buses
Opening hours (in 2005):
April - October: daily 9-18
November - March: daily 9:30-16
Open all year also on Mondays
Adult 110,- CZK
Student, pensioner 50,- CZK
Children 30,- CZK
Groups over 10 persons 80,- CZK per person, groups of students 40,- CZK per person
Guided tours to be ordered in advance (in Czech, English, German, French)
Tickets to concerts:
390,- CZK (garden, festival and Christmas concerts 450,- CZK)
Students 250,- CZK
Concerts take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 17:00 (inside), from July to August also at 19:00 (in the garden)
The season in 2005 begins on 9 April.
September - Mozartian Iuventus - international music festival of young artists
October - Famous visitors to Bertramka (works by outstanding composers)
December - Christmas concerts
All accessible memorabilia of W.A. Mozart and the Duscheks - personal things, musical instruments, letters, period pictures, engravings, prints, the piano which Mozart played in 1787, records of musical life in Prague at the end of the 18th century and of the history of Bertramka.
Concert hall - handicapped access
Sales Gallery (a mini-gallery of pictures and prints with the themes of Mozart and music)
Open daily 9:30-18:00, till 20:00 on days of evening performance
Café Bertramka Open daily 9:30-18:00