Judengasse is generally seen by Salzburg flâneurs as an extension of Getreidegasse. This narrow alleyway leads in a slight curve from the Old Market to Waagplatz Square. Judengasse and the Jewish School at number 15 were first mentioned in documents from 1377. The name has a historic origin: Judengasse was the centre of the Jewish community in the Middle Ages, and is one of Salzburg’s oldest alleyways. Up until the Jewish population was expelled in 1498, it was part of their community.
A few houses along Judengasse feature reminders of Salzburg’s eventful past. There was a synagogue at number 15 until 1415, while the house at number 3 boasts a very special facade with the only Art Nouveau entranceway in Salzburg. The house at number 13 was home to composer Heinrich Biber from 1672 to 1684.
Judengasse is one of the most popular shopping streets in Salzburg’s Old Town. As well as modern boutiques run by international fashion labels, you can also find the finest chocolate, lovely souvenirs, home furnishings and Easter and Christmas decorations all year round.
Judengasse was one of Salzburg’s oldest alleyways even in the Middle Ages.