Its just an amazing feeling to walk the streets and take in the history and colour that is Salzburg. Five million visitors come to Salzburg
every year to see the baroque houses, the churches, the gardens, the monuments and the castle. Throw in the music, art, history and fine dining and
you have a destination par excellence!
HOHENSALZBURG FORTRESS (SALZBURG CASTLE)
Built in 1077 and sitting proudly atop of Salzburg, the castle/fortress claims to be the largest fully preserved fortress in Central Europe.
Salzburg's beautiful castle/fortress has magnificent views of Salzburg and the whole surrounding countryside.
Today, eager tourists can reach the top by modern funicular railway that whisks you to the top in a few seconds. You can walk as well
if you like uphill climbs!
Once there, visitors climb more stairs to the top level where you can queue to take an audio-guided tour of the castle. The audio gives you
lots of interesting facts as you move from room to room during the tour. The view from the lookout is outstanding.
Afterwards, take a seat in the open courtyard, order a few drinks and enjoy the stunning views across the city and countryside.
SOUND OF MUSIC TOUR AND SITES
How can you resist the call of Do-a-Deer, a female deer? The Sound of Music is probably the biggest musical of all time and
there are numerous guides that will show you every location where scenes were shot both in and around Salzburg.
If you are a big fan then you can spend time tracking down all the sites like the Gazebo and the Abbey.
Locals can't see what the fuss is all about (many have never seen the movie) but tour operators know a good thing when they see one.
Tour buses roll relentlessly around town stopping at any siteeven remotely connected to the movie. The major locations are the Mirabell Gardens,
the Gazebo in Hellbrunn Palace, the Abbey at Nonnberg and Leopoldskron Palace.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born here in 1756 and you can visit his family home in central Salzburg.
Now a museum, Mozart's birthplace introduces visitors to the early life of the composer, his first musical instruments, his friends,
and his passionate interest in opera. The third floor exhibits Mozart's childhood violin as well as portraits, documents, and early editions of his music,
and the second floor is devoted to Mozart's interest in opera and includes the clavichord on which he composed The Magic Flute.
There is also a theatre highlighting his works and various exhibitions of the great man! You can also visit the house the family moved to later on plus of course visit the statue of the man himself in Mozartplatz.
He is adored by the city of his birth and naturally Mozart is featured all over Salzburg,
from tacky souvenirs to opera recitals and “Mozart” dinners.
MIRABELL GARDENS AND PALACE
Built in 1606, the Mirabell Palace is a beautiful building in the heart of Salzburg with sweeping gardens that culminate in stunning views of Salzburg Castle.
Today the mayor lives here with his council colleagues and ceremonies and events are regularly held here. The gardens are a horticultural masterpiece and take note of the 4 beautiful statues that surround the fountain.
Salzburg's inspiring Catherdral is renowned for its harmonious Baroque architecture and 4,000-pipe organ.
Today it is
considered by some to be the most perfect Renaissance building in the region.
Salzburg Cathedral has a marble facade, twin west towers topped with green domes and a large green-roofed dome over the crossing.
The bronze doors (1959) illustrate the themes of Faith, Hope, and Love.
Near the entrance, look for the Romanesque font at which Mozart was baptized. The great composer
later served as organist here from 1779 to 1781. Some of his compositions, such as the Coronation Mass, were written for the cathedral,
and many were performed here for the first time. The font is made of bronze and decorated with reliefs of saints.
The site around the Cathedral is used for the beautiful Christmas Markets in December.
ST PETERS ABBEY, CATACOMBS AND CEMETERY
St. Peter's Cemetery's beginnings date back to the late Roman Juvavum, but it probably is at least as old as the St. Peter monastery and is dated to the year 700.
Surrounded by arcades, which contain many epitaphs and artistically forged iron grids, the history-steeped cemetery seems extremely mystical.
The oldest tombstone is Abbot Dietmar who died in 1288.
If you walk through the cemetery you will discover the graves of various descendent of notable medieval houses, family graves of whole dynasties and various clerical personalities. You should definitely not miss out on the graves of Mozart's sister Nannerl or the one of composer Michael Hayden. The builder of Salzburg Cathedral, Santino Solari, is also buried here.
The catacombs date back to the Early Christian era and are rock-cut into the Festungsberg mountain – from the outside one can see several bays in the rock.
The first cave can be reached via 48 stairs. Inside the catacombs you will find a conglomerate of cave tunnel systems that have been made by hand and were last rebuilt in 1860. The catacombs are considered to be Salzburg's oldest burial site.
Inside the rock you will find the Gertrauden Chapel and the Maxumus Chapel, amongst others.
In contrast to the cemetery grounds, the catacombs mainly served as a meeting point for early Christian societies rather than a burial site, even though it was originally built as a temporary storage for the dead body while one of graves on the cemetery was prepared.
An amazing site for a cemetery, you could spend hours here examining the headstones and iron grave markers in this peaceful space.
The abbey is also spectacular and if you're lucky enough, you might see a choral concert taking place.
Salzburg is full of fantastic walks but our favourite walk is across the Monchsberg which offers stunning views of the city as well as stops at local cultural and historic sites.
Start the walk from the castle and head towards the Museum of Modern Art where you can descend back into Salzburg or keep going towards the Brewery
and Augustine Monastery at the far end.
The Museum of Modern Art is entertaining enough and there are lots of quirky art pieces in the grounds as well.
The rooftops of Salzburg at dusk are a beautiful sight.
Not far from town, the Hellbrunn Castle houses the famous gazebo used in the Sound of Music and as such, busloads of tourists pull up every day to see it.
The Castle itself is another beautiful building to visit and it is fully worth a half day visit. You can climb the tower for some nice views and a lot of people come to see the 'trick fountains'
which can be a surprise for some! Finish off with some refreshments or lunch and admire the stunning garden setting.
SALZBURG MARIONETTE THEATRE
The Marionette Theater puppeteers are world famous and constantly travel the world performing various shows.
The theatre in Salzburg is charming and they offer shows ranging from Wagner to
Sound of Music to Mozart to Alice in Wonderland. Content is more suited to older children and adults although all ages will enjoy the skill of these master puppeteers!
WINING AND DINING IN SALZBURG
After an enjoyable day walking around Salzburg, you may be wondering where to eat and what to eat. You are spolit for choice in Salzburg as there are
eating and drinking establishments to meet all tastes. Fast food places abound around the southern side of the river near the Staatsbruke Bridge and
you can't really go past a good Bratwurst in a roll with onions and mustard.
For those wanting a taste of the traditional, there are fine dining
restaurants everywhere that will serve up lashings of Goulash, Roast Pork with Dumplings, Sauerkraut and of course the Schnitzel. Dessert is rich
and sweet and features the obligatory strudel and chocolate with praline and marzipan. You can even try Vienna's famous Sacher Torte here as well.
For those seeking a beverage, there are numerous beer gardens and beer halls to quench your thirst plus Austria is of course famous for its quality
coffeehouses which you can find all around town. For great nightime views of the old town and castle, head to the top floor bar of the Hotel Stein and bring your camera!
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SUITED FOR COUPLES, FAMILIES:
* Central Location
* Stylish, Modern Apts
* Pizzeria and Supermarket close
* Espresso Machine
* Friendly Hosts
These stylish modern apartments hotel are ideally located only a few steps from Mozart's Birthplace!
SUITED FOR COUPLES, FAMILIES:
* Central near Catherdral
* Private bathrooms
* Clean rooms
* Amazing staff
* Ice cream downstairs!
This property is rated for giving the best value in Salzburg! A great choice for your stay in Salzburg!
SUITED FOR COUPLES, ALL:
* Great budget option
* Friendly staff
* Free wifi
* Rich Buffet Breakfast
* Restaurant next door
This is a great hotel for those on a budget. Friendly staff and good clean rooms!
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