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, 29 Oct 2014 16:30:00 +0100General 29.10.2014 | Etel Adnan. Writing mountains 15th November 2014 – 8th March 2015 The multifaceted works of Etel Adnan are to be presented in Austria for the first time at the Museum of Modern Art in Salzburg. The author, poet, artist and editor for cultural journalism is also active in the realms of painting and writing. Etel Adnan’s artistic curriculum vitae is the central feature of the exhibition.
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:00:00 +0100General 29.10.2014 | Dance of the Hands 14th November 2014 – 15th February 2015 The exhibition at the Rupertinum features photographs and films of an evening of dance performed by the solo dancers Tilly Josch and Hedy Pfundmayr at the Salzburg Festival in 1927. The emphasis here is on their hand movements: ‘The Dance of the Hands’.
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:30:00 +0200General 15.10.2014 | Jazz & The City October 22 - 26, 2014 Jazz, World & Electronic Music Festival One hundred concerts at fifty venues in Salzburg's historic city center are a special listening experience each October during "Jazz & the City." Salzburg's "Old City" with its cafés, bars, squares, galleries and many special venues – is transformed into a musical Mecca for five days. On the program: world music, jazz and electronic music, international stars as well as promising newcomers. Free admission for all!
Wed, 08 Oct 2014 16:30:00 +0200General 08.10.2014 | Classic Expo Salzburg October 17 - 19, 2014 The international "Classic Expo" vintage car show has been held in Salzburg each fall since 2005: automobile dealers, restorers, sellers of historic luggage and classic car clubs meet upon knowledgeable buyers and interested visitors. The annual show at the Salzburg Exhibition Center attracts nearly 15,000 visitors and over 150 exhibitors.
Wed, 08 Oct 2014 16:15:00 +0200General 08.10.2014 | Salzburg Culture Days October 15 - October 30, 2014 Salzburg Culture Days are held in Mozart's city every October. The event originated from the idea to use the city as a venue for top-notch performances and concerts by national and international performers in the fall as well. Founded in 1972, the Salzburg Culture Days immediately established themselves as a permanent fixture of the culture program. This year the program will kick off with a bang: the English star conductor, Daniel Harding, will conduct the opening concert featuring Mahler's Symphony no. 1 Tristan and Sibelius' Concert for Violin and Orchestra in D-minor, op. 47. Further highlights include the concerts performed by the Salzburg Cathedral Choir, the Shakespeare in Love concert and the premiere of the tango opera, Maria de Buenos Aires.
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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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