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, 01 Oct 2014 17:15:00 +0200General 01.10.2014 | Jedermann Race October 5, 2014 The circuit through Salzburg's historic city center, past the UNESCO World Heritage Site's most beautiful attractions, has a length of 7.03 km. Contestants can decide for themselves whether they cross the finish line on University Square after one, two or three loops. The circuit is flat and IAAF/AIMS measured.
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:30:00 +0200General 01.10.2014 | tanz_house Festival October 6 - 17, 2014 The contemporary artists will not only perform on stage but will also use the public space and a bus as a setting. The program is diversified, ranging from dance & performance to lectures & videos as well as bus tours in the city.
Wed, 24 Sep 2014 16:15:00 +0200General 24.09.2014 | Festival Recreation 4th – 11th October 2014 "My Bach" Salzburg Bach Society presents the Recreation Festival 2014! The Recreation Festival in 2014 will be highlighting the works of Bach in four concerts. There will also be an experimental workshop for creative guests! The festival begins on the 4th October at the parish church ‘Pfarrkirche Mülln’.
Wed, 24 Sep 2014 16:15:00 +0200General 24.09.2014 | Long Night of Museums October 4, 2014 A collaboration between the ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Company) and Austrian museums The "Long Night of Museums" will be held across Austria on October 4, 2014. Museums and galleries throughout the city and province of Salzburg will turn night into day, offering museum visitors a high-caliber culture program between 6:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m.
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:15:00 +0200General 17.09.2014 | My Sound of Music October 02 – 05, 2014 Music film festival My Sound of Music is a four-day transmedial music film festival, to be held in Salzburg from September 12 to 15, 2013. Film screenings, dance and voice workshops, lectures and concerts will be presented at five different venues.
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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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