A city devoted to music, more especially one musician, Salzburg is where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in 1756. After his first ‘world tour’ at the precocious age of 6, he lived and worked for a number of years there interspersed with frequent trips abroad. Although he finally died in Vienna, aged just 35, the ‘Mozart industry’ is centered on his birthplace. A slightly ill-fitting ‘second bow’ is ‘The Sound of Music’, the real life story of Maria and the Von Trapp family. Mozart’s birthplace is now a museum and the July/Aug Salzburg Festival is a major international event. In fact there are several festivals; at Easter, at Whitsun, in the Summer, ‘Mozart week’ in January, and a Jazz Festival in November.
360 Tour of St Sebastianskirche - graveyard beside Constance Mozart grave
With accommodation ranging from all the usual branded hotels in the centre to campsites on the outskirts of the city, Salzburg offers something for all budgets.
Bristol Hotel - 5* (Map)
Review: Very central luxury hotel with an excellent restaurant.
Location: Makartplatz 4, 5024 Salzburg
From £140 per room per night
Camping Nord-Sam - (Map)
Review: A great location for visiting Salzburg but also a great place to relax or do some swimming, hiking, & biking.
Location: Samstraße 22a, 5020 Salzburg
From £5 per person per night
NH Hotel Salzburg City - 4* (Map)
Review: The usual high standard NH hotel, close to the Mirabel gardens and the city centre.
Location: Franz-Josef-Straße 26, 5020 Salzburg
From £100 per room per night
A UNESCO world heritage site plus home of Mozart and the Sound of Music... Salzburg has plenty to see including:
Hohensalzburg Fortress (Map)
Review: The Hohensalzburg Fortress is nearly 1000 years old and during this long history has always remained unconquered by enemy troops.
Expert Tip: For a cheaper option, you can just take the funicular up and admire the views from outside the castle walls.
Location: Mönchsberg 34, 5020 Salzburg
Opening Times: October to April: 9.30am to 5pm; May to September: 9am to 7pm
Adults from £9 including funicular
Mozart's Birthplace (Map)
Review: The Mozart family lived on the third floor of the 'Hagenauer House' for 26 years from 1747 to 1773. Today it contains a fantastic collection of historic instruments, documents & memorabilia.
Expert Tip: Tends to get very crowded so try to go early morning before all the tour groups arrive.
Location: Getreidegasse 9, 5020 Salzburg
Opening Times: July & August: 9am to 8pm; September to June: 9am to 5:30pm
Adults £6, Children £2
Salzburg Restaurants & Bars
Hotel dining offers excellent interantional fare but for the true regional specialities, such as veal goulash & dumplings, try one of the many local cafes & restaurants.
Alter Fuchs (Map)
Review: Excellent restaurant on main drag offering both local & euroepan dishes. Apple strudel a must.
Location: Linzer Gasse 47-49, 5020 Salzburg
From £15 per person
Review: Excellent central restaurant on the south side of the river with delicious regional cuisine.
Location: Wiener-Philharmoniker-Gasse 7, 5020 Salzburg
From £20 per head
Tue, 25 Feb 2014 15:00:00 +0100General 25.02.2014 | eat & meet March 01 - 31, 2014 Salzburg as a stronghold of delights The program of eat & meet will allow you to savour a variety of memorable meals together with other fans of culinary delights in gorgeous surroundings. The festival focuses on enjoying, relishing and savouring with all your senses - and this won't be a matter of taste: Smelling the flavour of steaming delicacies, having exquisite culinary pleasures in mind, and listening to atmospheric live music, all gourmets and foodies will enjoy the eat & meet festival 2014!
Wed, 19 Feb 2014 15:00:00 +0100General 19.02.2014 | Tracht & Country Fairs Salzburg February 28 - March 2, 2014 Two times a year the Tracht & Country fair in Salzburg is the get-togethers for the fashion industry! During the three days of the fair guests encounter an extremely broad variety of products – from traditional costumes to alpine lifestyle, designer pieces, from leather and fur items to sporty and outdoor fashions.
Wed, 19 Feb 2014 15:00:00 +0100General 19.02.2014 | Young Conductors Award Feb 28 - Mar 02, 2014 The Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award will be held for the 5th time at the Felsenreitschule this year. The Young Conductor Award gives highly-gifted young conductors an opportunity to compete against other conductors. The jury will select three finalists from among the contestants. These finalists will demonstrate their skills to the audience during three concerts, performing a program with the Camerata Salzburg, the Salzburg's Mozarteum Orchestra and the Vorarlberg Symphony Orchestra. The winner will be selected by the jury.
Wed, 05 Feb 2014 16:00:00 +0100General 05.02.2014 | I and the others Feb 01, 2014 – Jul 13, 2014 The Museum of modern arts Rupertinum will show the exhibition "I and the others" from the collections of the MdM, the Federation and the FOTOGRAFIS Bank Austria. At the exhibition "I and the others" will be shown images of the individual - whether artistic self-portrait, personal representation or chance snapshot.
Wed, 29 Jan 2014 16:15:00 +0100General 29.01.2014 | MotzArt Cabaret Festival Feb 01 - Feb 08, 2014 The MotzArt Cabaret Festival is Austria's oldest cabaret festival, held at the ARGEkultur in Nonntal each February. The festival was established in 1983 by Christian Wallner, who co-organized the event up to his death in 2010. The MotzArt week offers an innovative program with exclusive highlights each year. It has an outstanding reputation for its international character and sophisticated acts, far from the comedy mainstream. Big names and promising newcomers – premiere performances in Salzburg or often in all of Austria – promise to let you experience the ultimate in entertainment.
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So that's my guide to this picturesque Alpine city. If you've not got much time in the city why not try one of the many, somewhat kitsch, ‘candle-lit dinners with music’ that are available. For more of a detailed exploration, the city has a neat Tourism Card that gives access to most attractions and public transport. Enjoy!
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