Salzburg – City of Mozart
Salzburg is one of the most famous cultural sites in the world and is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site.
Stroll through the picturesque streets of the Old Town with its traditional restaurants, such as “Stiftskeller St. Peter” or “Triangl”.
Enjoy a break from your shopping spree in the famous Getreidegasse shopping street, in one of the traditional Cafés “Tomaselli” or “Schatz”, where time seems to have stood still, before returning to the hustle and bustle of medieval streets.
For “Sound of Music” fans a visit to the city is an absolute must. You can visit the various different film locations on your own – sing a song on the steps at Mirabel Gardens, walk past the Monastery where Maria served as a novice or walk up to the fortress and take in the bird’s eye view of the city that you will recognise from the film. Alternatively you could go on one of the regular Sound of Music guided coach tours which will take you to even more of the locations.
Explore and be amazed by sights like Salzburg Cathedral, the “Residenz Palace” located near Cathedral Square, das Glockenspiel café, Mozart’s Birthplace, the fortress of “Hohen Salzburg” where classical music concerts are also performed, or visit one of the numerous galleries and museums.
The castle “Schloss Hellbrunn” – the former summer residence of Archbishop Markus Sittikus, with its charming trick fountains, water games and a zoo, is the perfect destination for a family excursion. The natural history museum “Haus der Natur” is a great alternative for a rainy day and the open air museum “Freilichtmuseum Großgmain” is a must for those who want to find out more about the Austria’s history.
Of course the city is also famous for its Salzburg Festival and the annual highlight of Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s unique musical masterpiece “Jedermann” as it is performed open-air against the stunning backdrop of Salzburg Cathedral - probably one of the most impressive stage settings in the world. However, Salzburg’s festival halls and theatres do not only open their doors to culture enthusiasts from all over the world in summer, Salzburg also offers a wide range of performances as part of the Easter and Whitsunn Festivals as well as during the Mozart Week in January.
In winter, and especially the weeks before Christmas, the medieval Old Town turns into a magical place. A visit to Salzburg’s famous Christmas market “Salzburger Christkindlmarkt” is a memorable experience. As you stroll past the many market stands you will find handcrafted ‘gems’ and you won’t be able to resist temptation with the wide variety of sweet and savoury treats on offer.
For those who prefer a more tranquil atmosphere, the smaller Christmas market at “Schloss Hellbrunn” for example is the perfect alternative.
Another cultural highlight is the tradition “Salzburger Adventsingen” in the Festival Hall where Austrian carols build the framework for a moving Christmas story.