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, 29 Jul 2015 18:30:00 +0200General 29.07.2015 | Gössl's Dirndl Flying Day 9th August, 2015 Gössl's Dirndl Flying Day at the Gwandhaus in Salzburg has achieved cult status. This year ladies wearing dirndl dresses will fly through the air. A prominent jury will select the winners according to style, sportsmanship, gwand (outfit) and originality to crown the queen of the Dirndl Flying Day!
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 18:00:00 +0200General 29.07.2015 | Young Conductors Award Aug 8 - Aug 10, 2015 The Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award will be held for the 6th time. The Young Conductor Award gives highly-gifted young conductors an opportunity to compete against other conductors. The jury will select three finalists from among the contestants. These finalists will demonstrate their skills to the audience during three concerts. The winner will be selected by the international jury.
Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0200General 22.07.2015 | E.A.T. – Experiments in Art and Technology 25th July –1st November 2015 The MdM Mönchsberg is to exhibit projects from the Experiments in Art and Technology group. E.A.T. was a loosely organised association of artists and technicians working together to produce joint works of art. What does E.A.T. stand for? E.A.T. stands for Experiments in Art and Technology. In the1960s and 1970s a variety or artists and technicians got together to produce works of art that also incorporated the very latest technological developments.
Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:30:00 +0200General 22.07.2015 | Siemens Children's Festival May 14 - 18, 2014 The Siemens Children's>Festival was founded to make culture accessible to the youngest listeners. Children's opera films are shown at Kapitelplatz. Siemens Austria has promoted art and culture for children and teenagers for over 10 years.
Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0200General 22.07.2015 | Siemens Festival Nights July 25 - August 30, 2015 The Siemens Fest>Spiel>Nächte were founded by Siemens Austria in collaboration with the Salzburg Festival and the Austrian Broadcasting Company (ORF Salzburg) with the aim of utilizing modern technologies to make art and culture accessible to a wider audience. The Summer Festival's highlights are broadcast on a large screen set up on Chapter Square each day for a period of five weeks.
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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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