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
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:15:00 +0200General 24.07.2014 | Stuck! Festival 2014 August 1 – 2, 2014 The performers in the Rockhouse Salzburg: international pop stars, newcomers and hopeful talents from the local music scene. An amalgamation of alternative, new music in an experimental, pop avant-garde setting has been announced.
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:45:00 +0200General 24.07.2014 | Siemens Festival Nights July 18 - August 31, 2014 Open-air classical music The Siemens Fest>Spiel>Nächte have become a fixture of the Salzburg Summer Festival. Over 2,000 people enjoy the "Free Festival" on Kapitelplatz each day. Performances and opera highlights from the past as well as productions and live broadcasts of the current festival season are presented with free admission.
Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:15:00 +0200General 16.07.2014 | Salzburg Festival 2014 July 18 - August 31, 2014 Opera, Drama & Concert In 2014 the Salzburg Festival will pay tribute to Richard Strauss on the occasion of his 150th birthday by performing his Rosenkavalier opera directed by Sven-Eric Bechtolf and under the musical direction of Christoph Eschenbach. In addition, the Mozart/da Ponte cycle introduced in 2013 will be continued: after this year's performance of Cosi fan tutte a new production of Don Giovanni will be staged at the House for Mozart in 2014.
Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:00:00 +0200General 16.07.2014 | Ceremony for the Festival Opening July 18 – 19, 2014 Over 100 concerts, events and exhibitions – admission free! The Salzburg Festival invites all residents and guests to celebrate the opening weekend with a virtual firework of art: the performance venues will be open to the public and music can be heard at many other places. Catch a glimpse of the Festival stars and listen to ensembles fr
Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:45:00 +0200General 09.07.2014 | Face to Face: Salzburg Museum Jul 11, 2014 - Jan 05, 2015 Exhibition at the Salzburg Museum The "Face to Face" exhibition at the Salzburg Museum will present a variety of paintings and graphics by Wilhelm Leibl as well as photographs by August Sander.
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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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