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
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 18:00:00 +0200General 29.04.2016 | Rosserer Wallfahrt June 12, 2016 A special day for horse enthusiasts The Rosserer Wallfahrt (Equestrian Pilgrimage) is revived each year as an old Salzburg tradition. The decorated horse carriages with drivers and spectators dressed in tracht attire depart in any weather at 10:00 a.m. from the Lochengut farm at the foot of the Plainberg to the Maria Plain Pilgrimage Church in Bergheim. On arrival, a festive mass will be held accompanied by Bergheim’s wind orchestra. Afterwards the blessing of the horses will take place, followed by the "Rosserer Frühschoppen" or Sunday morning beer at the Maria Plain Restaurant.
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 17:00:00 +0200General 29.04.2016 | Traditional Events June 17 – August 19, 2016 Culture events celebrating life Traditional afternoons at the Hedge Theater in the Mirabell Gardens are very popular with culture lovers: local dance groups, vocalists, musicians and folk groups show how old traditions are still preserved today. A highlight for brass band fans: Promenade and Illuminated Fountain Concerts by various local brass music bands in the Mirabell Gardens.
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:00:00 +0200General 29.04.2016 | Salzburg Marathon May 01, 2016 Runners Festival Since its premiere in 2004, the annual Salzburg Marathon has become Salzburg's biggest popular sports event. The fundamental idea behind this sports/social event is to place the value of fun and exercise over the competitive element and to promote team spirit. Individual runners as well as teams from communities, companies or organizations will be at the starting line. In addition to the classic disciplines (Salzburg Marathon and the Sparkasse half marathon), the team races (relay marathon, team race, Community Challenge), 10 km-run and 5 km-run will be on the program. Children and teenagers from 6 to 15 years will be able to let off steam at the popular Junior Marathon.
Fri, 22 Apr 2016 18:00:00 +0200General 22.04.2016 | Maypole Ceremony Beginning of May Maypole May 1 is almost here again: the day maypoles are raised in the city of Salzburg. Erecting a decorated tree is a tradition that reaches far back in time. The maypole is said to symbolize love, fertility, life and growth. Before being raised, the bark is removed from the trunk of a tree – mainly spruce – and a decorated wreath tied at the top. The maypole can be seen from afar once it is raised. Traditionally, the maypole was lifted into place with the help of long poles. The raising of the maypole is usually accompanied by a village fete and a festive atmosphere.
Fri, 22 Apr 2016 17:00:00 +0200General 22.04.2016 | Regional Exhibition 30 April – 30 October, 2016 ‘Bishop. Emperor. Everyman.’ In 1816 Salzburg became part of Austria. To mark the 200th anniversary of this occasion Salzburg Museum is staging an exhibition trilogy. The exhibition trilogy at the Salzburg Museum forms the cornerstone of all of the events being held to celebrate Salzburg 20.16. It focuses on a wide range of aspects of Salzburg’s artists, art works and art history, and begins its analysis in the historic year of 1816. Numerous precious works and objets d’art from the collection will be on display here. One of the highlights will be the opportunity to see artefacts back in Salzburg for the first time in around 200 years.
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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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