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, 21 May 2015 17:30:00 +0200General 21.05.2015 | Night of the Church May 29, 2015 The "Lange Nacht der Kirchen" (Night of the Church) will once more take place in Salzburg this May. All churches, the Salzburg Cathedral and religious institutes will open their doors and present exhibitions, discussion forums, Guided Tours, concerts and much more from 5:50 pm to midnight.
Thu, 21 May 2015 17:15:00 +0200General 21.05.2015 | Salzach galleries May 23 - September 27, 2015 Enjoy yourself at the Salzach galleries by gazing at fine artworks and chatting with artists and craftsmen – maybe about tips for the restauration of your own precious antiques? You may also want to look over the shoulders of sculptors and painters or to shape your own jewellery case. Dates 2015
Thu, 21 May 2015 17:00:00 +0200General 21.05.2015 | Salzburg Literature Festival May 27 - May 31, 2015 The seventh Salzburg Literature Festival will introduce the most exciting and convincing writers. It will be a unique opportunity to hear authors with free admission such as: Nino Haratischwili Barbara Yelin Marlene Streeruwitz and many more!
Wed, 13 May 2015 17:30:00 +0200General 13.05.2015 | Salzburger Dult May 23 - May 31, 2015 Country fair and typical trade fair The annual Salzburg Dult held at the Exhibition Center has a long tradition and is an unusual combination of a country fair and a typical trade fair.
Wed, 13 May 2015 17:15:00 +0200General 13.05.2015 | Salzburg Whitsun Festival May 22 - 25, 2015 "I pray to the almighty gods" Cecilia Bartoli will use "I pray to the almighty gods" as the motto for her fourth Whitsun Festival. The operas, concerts, plays, ballet and marionette theater performances and films will focus on Greek mythology at the 2015 Salzburg Whitsun Festival. In addition to Cecilia Bartoli in the leading role, other famous performing artists will include Anna Netrebko, Juan Diego Florez and Christopher Maltman.
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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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