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 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0200General 01.07.2015 | Electric Love Festival July 09 – 11, 2015 The Electric Love Festival will take place again this July. The Salzburg Ring is located near the Salzburg Lake District, in the midst of picturesque scenery. The racing circuit will become a festival venue and the surrounding pastures campsites for festival visitors all weekend long.
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0200General 01.07.2015 | Seduced in(to) the museum Apr 17, 2015 – Mar 6,2016 Temptation, seduction and the inability to resist their lure are all human attributes portrayed in art, culture and architecture down the centuries. Even in the deeply catholic city of Salzburg the prince bishops were not averse to worldly temptations. Their palaces, gardens and residencies were magnificent in the extreme. The annual performances of the ‘Everyman’ morality play ensures seduction is a regular feature of the Salzburg Festival as the story of the life and death of a rich man is enacted against the magnificent backdrop of Salzburg’s ‘Dom’ cathedral.
Wed, 24 Jun 2015 18:00:00 +0200General 24.06.2015 | Red Bull X-Alps: Salzburg to Monaco July 05, 2015 Running and flying – an extreme race across the Alps The competition is as spectacular as it is incredible: 33 athletes from all over the world will face the challenge: maximum 21 consecutive days of conquering tough climbs, snatching a little sleep and flying the greatest possible distances over glaciers and valleys from the highest mountain peaks. The declared goal of the Red Bull X-Alps: the Principality of Monaco on the French Riviera.
Wed, 24 Jun 2015 17:00:00 +0200General 24.06.2015 | The Sound of Music Choir Festival June 26, 2015 Join international choir groups celebrating the 50th anniversary of the cultural phenomenon "The Sound of Music", with a choral extravaganza on June 26, 2015 in the magnificently gorgeous Mozarteum Salzburg.
Wed, 24 Jun 2015 16:45:00 +0200General 24.06.2015 | Linzergasse Festival June 26 – 27, 2015 As one of the traditional street festivals in Salzburg, the festivities in Linzergasse will have a colorful motto - "Wonderland". Admission free!
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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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