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, 25 Feb 2015 18:00:00 +0100General 25.02.2015 | Expressionisms 7th March 2015 – 21st June 2015 The Kokoschka to Anzinger Collection The exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art Rupertinum by Beatrice von Bormann, the curator for contemporary art, shows exhibits representing various forms of 20th century expressionism. The paintings, drawings and sculptures show that demeanour and emotional expression are of greater importance than the exact reproduction of reality.
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 17:15:00 +0100General 25.02.2015 | Salzburg Biennale March 03 - 22, 2015 International Festival for New Music The Salzburg Biennale, a festival for New Music, has enhanced the contemporary music program in Salzburg since 2009. The major organizers of contemporary music in Salzburg joined forces to provide a common platform for this extraordinary listening experience.
Wed, 18 Feb 2015 16:15:00 +0100General 18.02.2015 | eat & meet March 01 - 31, 2015 Salzburg as a stronghold of delights The program of eat & meet will allow you to savour a variety of memorable meals together with other fans of culinary delights in gorgeous surroundings. The festival focuses on enjoying, relishing and savouring with all your senses - and this won't be a matter of taste: Smelling the flavour of steaming delicacies, having exquisite culinary pleasures in mind, and listening to atmospheric live music, all gourmets and foodies will enjoy the eat & meet festival 2015!
Wed, 04 Feb 2015 17:00:00 +0100General 04.02.2015 | Bim Bam Festival February 21 - March 15, 2015 Take your child on a fantastic journey! Young children can enjoy three weeks of theatrical performances from across Europe. Children have a completely different approach to the theatre than adults. They are absolutely receptive to music, dance and plays. Children are particularly aware of moods and atmosphere instead of concentrating on the logical context of the language and plots. Youngsters obtain an appreciation for the arts while their creativity is enhanced.
Wed, 04 Feb 2015 16:15:00 +0100General 04.02.2015 | Help! The Beatles in Salzburg 30th January – 15th March 2015 Salzburg Museum is now exhibiting photographs taken of the Beatles during their one-week stay in Salzburg in March 1965. The moptops were in Obertauern shooting for their film ‘Help!’
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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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