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
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:30:00 +0200General 23.04.2014 | Maypole ceremony 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. View all maypole raising dates
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:30:00 +0200General 23.04.2014 | Salzburg Marathon May 04, 2014 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.
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:15:00 +0200General 16.04.2014 | Easter in Salzburg April 11 - April 26, 2014 Now, when the Mirabell Gardens and the Hellbrunn Palace Park are covered by a sea of tulips, Salzburg unfolds its special Mediterranean flair. Culture is also omnipresent at Eastertime in Salzburg. We have put together a few interesting activities for you.
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:00:00 +0200General 16.04.2014 | St. George's fair and cavalcade April 25 - April 27, 2014 The feast of St. George, one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, is on April 23. Saint George is invoked against fever and the plague, against temptation, for the weather and for the health of domestic animals. He is the patron saint of agriculture and his feast day is the start of the farmers' summer. St. George's Cavalcade is held around the time of his feast day.
Wed, 09 Apr 2014 17:15:00 +0200General 09.04.2014 | The Salzburg Passion Concert April 13, 2014, 7.30 pm The St. John Passion Concert presented by the Salzburg Bach Society is an introspective approach to Easter. Johann Sebastian Bach's two passions named after St. John and St. Matthew play a dominant role in sung Passion performances. Bach was very fond of both Passions and performed them over and over again until he died.
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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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