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, 10 Sep 2014 17:15:00 +0200General 10.09.2014 | Flavourama Battle 2014 20th September 2014 This year’s Flavourama is scheduled for the 20th September at ARGEkultur Salzburg. Internationally renowned dancers, 8 invited teams (The Great Eight) and jurors from France, Russia and Japan, will all be here to demonstrate their skills and expertise; while Salzburg enjoys insights into the international ‘Urban Dance’ scene, thrilling battles and an electric atmosphere.
Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:30:00 +0200General 10.09.2014 | St. Rupert's Fair in Salzburg September 19 - 24, 2014 The traditional country fair is held on the squares surrounding Salzburg Cathedral every year in September. St. Rupert's fair, held in honor of Salzburg's patron saint, is one of the city's most popular fairs. Its farmers' market, fair booths and arcades, merry-go-rounds and carousels, Ferris wheel, Hanswurst (i.e. Jack Pudding) and the suburban theater make it a spectacular event for young and old. The fair also offers valuable insight into local customs and craftsmanship.
Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:00:00 +0200General 10.09.2014 | SOLID WOOD! How trees become toys September 13, 2014 - September 13, 2015 The Toy Museum in Salzburg will open the exhibition "SOLID WOOD! How trees become toys" to show young and old the diversity and value of wood as a valuable resource. The exhibition will present the transition of wood from its origins as a natural tree to its final state as a toy.
Wed, 03 Sep 2014 16:30:00 +0200General 03.09.2014 | Hip Hop Goes Theatre Sept. 12 – 13, 2014 The Austrian Hip Hop Theater Festival will bring the creative power of a young, urban scene on stage for the sixth time this year. One of the highlights will be the ILL-Abilities Crew, in which five BBoys from the USA, Canada, Chile and Holland will show that their physical handicaps do not impose any limits. You will be overwhelmed by the selected international performances and dynamic choreography.
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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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