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, 23 Apr 2015 18:15:00 +0200General 23.04.2015 | Jedermann’s mistress and her costumes 17th April – 1st November 2015 The exhibition in the northern oratory section in the cathedral quarter is to showcase a selection of costumes worn by the various actresses to have played the rich man’s mistress - die Buhlschaft – in the morality play ‘Everyman’ on Domplatz square.
Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0200General 23.04.2015 | St. George's fair and cavalcade April 24 - April 26, 2015 The feast of St. George, one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, is on April 23. Saint George is invoked against fever and the plague, against temptation, for the weather and for the health of domestic animals. He is the patron saint of agriculture and his feast day is the start of the farmers' summer. St. George's Cavalcade is held around the time of his feast day.
Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0200General 01.04.2015 | Flights to Salzburg Timetable Summer Attractive flights are available to many visitors from the larger European cities for a city trip to Salzburg.
Wed, 01 Apr 2015 16:30:00 +0200General 01.04.2015 | Unbuilt Salzburg 28th March – 12th July 2015 The Museum der Moderne is to host an exhibition entitled ‘Unbuilt Salzburg’ featuring details of numerous rejected architectural ideas, failed concepts and utopian architectural plans.
Wed, 01 Apr 2015 16:00:00 +0200General 01.04.2015 | Operation Goldhaube March 28 - November 01, 2015 The special exhibition "Operation Goldhaube" will be on display at the Folklore Museum in the Monatsschlössl in Hellbrunn from March to November 2015. The Goldhaube is an attractive golden headdress worn as part of the traditional tracht costume.
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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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