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 Nov 2015 18:30:00 +0100General 25.11.2015 | Mevisto Amadeus Horse Indoors December 3 - 6, 2015 Seven equestrian disciplines, a brilliant show and a big fair are on display during the Mevisto Amadeus Horse Indoors at the Exhibition Center Salzburg and the Salzburgarena.
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:15:00 +0100General 25.11.2015 | The Sound of Salzburg Show goes Christmas November 27 - December 27, 2015 At „Sound of Salzburg Show goes Christmas“ you will experience a Christmas Show in the Cavern at the Klausentor In November and December ‘The Sound of Salzburg Show” will combine the best of the show program, mixed with christmas songs, a family style christmas meal and an apple strudel baking course! It will take place in the cavern at the Klausentor, right in the heart of the city.
Fri, 20 Nov 2015 18:15:00 +0100General 20.11.2015 | Salzburg Advent Singing Nov 27 – Dec 13, 2015 The Salzburg Advent Singing in the Great Festival Hall "Snow in Bethlehem" Despite globalisation and the uniformity of today’s bible translations, the events surrounding Mary and Joseph are still commemorated in a wide variety of celebrations and customs by the people of our alpine regions. The 2015 Salzburg Advent Singing performances tell a fairy-tale-like story that takes audiences back to the blissful evenings of their childhoods; an evening upon which grandma relates the ancient stories of the advent period, stories told by one generation to the next – down the centuries.
Fri, 20 Nov 2015 18:00:00 +0100General 20.11.2015 | Christmas Exhibition November 20, 2015 — February 7, 2016 ‘Customary Christmastime Celebrations’ ‘Customary Christmastime Celebrations’ is a joint exhibition of traditional Christmas celebrations and customs staged at the ‘Residenzgalerie’ and ‘Dommuseum’. It is devoted to the better and lesser known customs celebrated during the advent period.
Fri, 20 Nov 2015 17:45:00 +0100General 20.11.2015 | Winterfest Nov 25, 2015 - Jan 06, 2016 This year the ‘Winterfest’ will be celebrating its 15th year. International circus artists will be thrilling audiences with their skills in the Volksgarten for six whole weeks. The Winterfest in Salzburg has long since achieved international repute in the contemporary circus world. Only the very best circus troupes get to perform here, and this cultural event has now become the largest festival for modern circus artistry in the entire German-speaking area of Europe.
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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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