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 May 2016 18:30:00 +0200General 25.05.2016 | Architecture Days in Salzburg June 3 – 4, 2016 "value/haltung" 'Architecture Days' take place throughout Austria every other year. Architects and engineers have an opportunity to present their extensive scope of activities and waken interest in "architecture." Architects' offices will open their doors on these two days. Interesting buildings and construction sites can be visited. The offer is rounded off by lectures, exhibitions, films and art events .
Wed, 25 May 2016 17:00:00 +0200General 25.05.2016 | Herbert Grönemeyer 02 June 2016, 8 p.m., Residenzplatz Experience Herbert Grönemeyer live at an open-air concert in Salzburg. During his "Dauernd Jetzt" tour in 2016, Herbert Grönemeyer also makes a stop at the Residenzplatz in Salzburg in June. Don’t miss out on this open-air concert, a great opportunity to enjoy the star’s highly expressive songs in the very heart of Salzburg’s historical district. One of the reasons Grönemeyer’s concerts are so remarkable is his uninhibited approach to every song. He gives his fans his all, and extracts everything possible out of his voice, from dark rumblings to squeals as clear as a bell. The fascination Herbert Grönemeyer triggers at his concert performances has only intensified in recent years.
Wed, 25 May 2016 16:45:00 +0200General 25.05.2016 | Aspekte Festival June 1 - 4, 2016 The Aspekte Festival celebrates its 40-year anniversary At the center of the festival is French composer Tristan Murail, one of the most important representatives of spectral music. An exquisite selection of works by Tristan Murail will be presented, who will also be the festival’s composer in residence. “To a great degree, music is on the program which dwells upon the emotional and inspiring power of sound. It explores the nature of that sound and thus develops a form of poetry which constantly points to the very secrets of our existence“, states Ludwig Nussbichler, the artistic director of the festival.
Wed, 18 May 2016 19:45:00 +0200General 18.05.2016 | Kaiviertel Festival - Festival in the oldtown June 3 – 4, 2016 The Kai District in Salzburg's Old City will be transformed into a mile of culinary delicacies and music again this year. Visitors can look forward to a diversified art program from the Kai District to the Mönchsberg. The program is rounded off by more than 100 shops and international restaurants.
Wed, 18 May 2016 17:00:00 +0200General 18.05.2016 | Salzburg Museum Weekend May 21 - 22, 2016 At the Salzburg Museum Weekend in May you can enjoy the unique opportunity to visit numerous Salzburg museums free of charge. The Day of the Salzburg City Museums takes place on Saturday. Look forward to a variety of musical performances, special tours, workshops and lots more. Attractive programmes of special events ensure local visitors, tourists and whole families find plenty to interest and entertain them. Sunday is The Day of the Salzburg Region Museums in the five areas of the province of Salzburg. There’s a colourful programme of exhibits and events in a wide range of museums!
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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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