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, 20 Aug 2014 17:00:00 +0200General 20.08.2014 | Tracht & Country Fairs Salzburg August 29 - August 31, 2014 Two times a year the Tracht & Country fair in Salzburg is the get-togethers for the fashion industry! During the three days of the fair guests encounter an extremely broad variety of products – from traditional costumes to alpine lifestyle, designer pieces, from leather and fur items to sporty and outdoor fashions.
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:30:00 +0200General 20.08.2014 | Festival Ball 2014 August 30, 2014 Invitation to dance The Festival Ball, to be held in the "Felsenreitschule" (Summer Riding School) on August 30, 2014, will show how topical the theme of Tracht fashions is. The ball will be held for the 3rd time this year at the end of the Salzburg Festival. The ball will be opened by young ladies and gentlemen in formal Salzburg Tracht.
Wed, 13 Aug 2014 17:00:00 +0200General 13.08.2014 | Salzburg Harvest Festival August 23 - October 26, 2014 Walking from pasture to pasture under the golden autumn sun, feasting on homemade delicacies, watching the farmers drive their livestock down from the high mountain pastures, celebrating the harvest, seeing traditional customs and crafts, tasting typical regional fare and dancing to folk music.
Wed, 06 Aug 2014 18:30:00 +0200General 06.08.2014 | "Mozart & Haydn" Concert in Maria Plain August 17, 2014 The Salzburg Bach Society will open its concert season on Ascension Day in the beautiful Maria Plain basilica. The program is in perfect harmony with the baroque sacral building and its musical history, already witnessing a performance by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his father.
Wed, 06 Aug 2014 18:00:00 +0200General 06.08.2014 | Angelika Prokopp Summer Academy August 16, 2014 The Angelika Prokopp Summer Academy with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra ends every year with a concert performance by young musicians demonstrating every facet of their skills. Admission to the final marathon concerts is free of charge.
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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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