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, 11 Dec 2013 16:15:00 +0100General 11.12.2013 | Skiing vacation in the city of Salzburg! December 21, 2013 - March 16, 2014 Live in the city, carve on the slopes All the advantages at a glance: convenient combination of a culture vacation and winter sports inexpensive rates in the city hotels during the off-season free bus transfer from the city center to the skiing region and back each day extremely flexible vacation planning due to the daily arrival and departure offered by the city hotels diversified recreation, dining and shopping options in the city of Salzburg easy access to countless skiing regions in just a 1-hour drive outstanding connections between the city of Salzburg and the international rail/airline network attractive packages for weekend groups
Wed, 11 Dec 2013 16:00:00 +0100General 11.12.2013 | Silent Night Land Salzburg "Silent Night" The famous Christmas carol, was performed for the first time in the chapel in Oberndorf near Salzburg on Christmas Eve in 1818. The lyrics were written by the Salzburg pastor, Joseph Mohr, the melody by the Upper Austrian teacher, Franz Xaver Gruber. The song's origin is both simple and sad: the Province of Salzburg was extremely destitute at the time, the salt trade had practically broken down during the Napoleonic War. And there was not even enough money in Oberndorf to replace the bellows on the organ damaged by hungry mice. Joseph Mohr and Franz Xaver Gruber composed a song to be accompanied by guitar and sang "Silent Night" on Christmas Eve. Today, nearly 200 years later, the folk song has been translated into over 170 languages and is one of the most well-known songs of all time.
Wed, 04 Dec 2013 16:15:00 +0100General 04.12.2013 | Orchester 1756 Dec 04, 2013 - May 31, 2014 From December 2013 to May 2014 the Orchester 1756 plays five concerts with old music on historical instruments. The concerts will take place in the "Kollegienkirche", in the "Mozarteum" and in the "Residenz Salzburg". Mozart: Requiem Dec 04, 2013 11:45 p.m. Kollegienkirche on the day and at the hour of the master´s death
Wed, 04 Dec 2013 16:00:00 +0100General 04.12.2013 | Pappas Amadeus Horse Indoors December 5 - 8, 2013 Amadeus Horse Indoors has attracted horse lovers and equestrian sports fans to the Salzburg Arena and the adjacent Salzburg Exhibition Center in every October since 2006. In 2010 the event around sporting horse-riding competitions in various disciplines was extended: an eventful fair around lintier and house pet will provide plenty of fun, excitement and entertainment for all ages.
Wed, 27 Nov 2013 17:00:00 +0100General 27.11.2013 | Winterfest November 27, 2013 - January 06, 2014 This year three companies from Canada, Czechia and Switzerland guest on the Winterfest. Our guest will allow a fascinating insight into the variety of contemporary circus: An urban creation composed of theatre, dance and breathtaking acrobatics, a charming Solo piece filled with clownish poetry and a whimsical hotchpotch of weird ideas. The 7 Fingers - Sequence 8 David Dimitri - L'homme cirque Forman Brothers - Obludarium The Spiegelzelt – DANSPALEIS
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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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