Discover Magical Salzburg

Salzburg is the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the setting for parts of the musical and film The Sound of Music, which features famous landmarks in Austria, but focuses mainly on Salzburg. Salzburg is on the banks of the Salzach river, at the northern boundary of the Alps.

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» Alter Markt

Alter Markt Salzburg

Salzburg's Old Market Square (or Alter Markt) dates way back to 1280. The medieval buildings have long since gone, replaced by grand Baroque townhouses that line the square. Take a seat at an outdoor cafe, or pick up some handmade chocolate Mozartkugeln balls at Fürst chocolatiers. You'll want to take a photo of one of the buildings lining the square at number 10a; you might miss it as it's the smallest house in Salzburg …

» Austrian Lake District

Austrian Lake District, Salzburg

Affectionately known as the Austrian Lake District, Salzkammergut is one of Austria's premiere holiday destinations, featuring crystal clear lakes, picturesque hillsides, and quaint yet fantastic villages. Those travelers with a penchant for athleticism best utilize these majestic grounds - with seemingly endless opportunities at every turn - including mountain biking or hiking on one of many trails, swimming, skiing, the list doesn't end …

» Baroque Museum (Salzburger Barockmuseum)

Baroque Museum (Salzburger Barockmuseum)

Set in the lovely Orangery of Mirabell Palace, Salzburg's Baroque Museum hosts an unusual and rare collection of sketches by legendary artists of the Baroque era. The only museum to focus solely on preliminary artworks, the collection includes drawings and studies by Rubens, Tiepolo, Guardi and Fragonard. The sketches provide insights into the artists' creative processes, and a rare glimpse into the birth of a work of art …

» Berchtesgaden & Eagle's Nest

Berchtesgaden & Eagle's Nest, Salzburg

Journey through the fairytale scenery of the Bavarian Alps and explore Berchtesgaden, Hitler's mountain retreat and Eagle's Nest, the southern headquarters of the Nazi party. Located on top of Mt Kehlstein, the lodge has some of Germany's most amazing views of the snow-capped Alps mountain range. See the hunting castle Hellbrunn, and the Konigsee River Valley along the way to Obersalzberg where a brass elevator ascends to Eagle's Nest …

» Cathedral Museum

Cathedral Museum, Salzburg

Salzburg's cathedral (Dom) is on the south side of the River Salzach and has Romanesque foundations, although today its appearance is exuberantly Baroque as it was rebuilt after a fire in 1598. Mozart was baptized here in 1756 and held the post of court organist from 1779, writing much of his early music to be performed in the cathedral. The museum is found on the upper floors of the cathedral, vaulted and stuccoed galleries with patterned marble floors all lavishly decorated with stags' heads and exquisite furniture …

» Eisriesenwelt

Eisriesenwelt  Salzburg

The world's largest ice caves wend 19 miles (30 km) under the Tennengebirge Mountains in the Salzach district of the Austrian Alps; they were discovered in 1879 and a mystical subterranean underworld was unveiled to the world. Pick a clear, sunny day as your visit to Eisriesenwelt starts with a spectacular twisting drive up through the scenic Salzach Valley, followed by a 20-minute uphill hike and then a breath-taking cable-car ride over sheer mountainsides …

» Festival Hall (Festpielhaus)

Festival Hall (Festpielhaus), Salzburg

Building started in 1956 on Salzburg's Large Festival Hall, which was designed by Austrian architect and stage designer Clemens Holzmeister specifically to host the annual Salzburg Festival. The grand green-and white theater is neo-baroque in style and the main auditorium can seat an audience of 2,170; it opened to great fanfare in 1960 with a performance of Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier conducted by Herbert von Karajan and is renowned for its acoustics; the circular stage has a width of 100 meters and is one of the largest in the world …

» Festung Hohensalzburg

Festung Hohensalzburg Salzburg

Perched on its craggy mountain lookout, Salzburg's famous castle, Festung Hohensalzburg, dominates the city and its Old Town. Surrounded by walls and dotted with towers and battlements, Festung Hohensalzburg is one of the largest and best preserved castles in Europe. The fortified castle was built in 1077, from its lofty position protecting Salzburg, with cracking views of the surrounding countryside …

» Georg Trakl Memorial (Traklhouse)

Georg Trakl Memorial (Traklhouse), Salzburg

The revered German-language poet Georg Trakl was born in Salzburg in 1887 and spent much of his short life building up a body of literary work that has remained with us long after he died in a military hospital in Krakow at the tender age of 27. He spent his formative years in the city and much of his work shines light on the Salzburg of the early 20th century, although he flitted restlessly around Austria, traveling frequently to Vienna and Innsbruck. Heavily influenced by the works and lifestyles of French symbolist poets like Baudelaire and Rimbaud …

» Getreidegasse

Getreidegasse Salzburg

Lose yourself in medieval-era Salzburg on a stroll through Getreidegasse. The atmospheric laneway is lined with upmarket boutiques and shops. Getreidegasse is as historic as it is pretty. Harking back to Roman days, the thoroughfare has always been the city's high street, connecting Salzburg to Bavaria. The street is lined with beautiful medieval and Baroque buildings, built by rich merchants over the centuries. It was in one of these buildings that Mozart was born in 1756 …

» Hellbrunn Castle

Hellbrunn Castle (Schloss Hellbrun)

Fun fountains and Baroque style are the attraction at Hellbrunn Castle, or Schloss Hellbrun, on Salzburg's doorstep. The palace was built in 1619 as a summer residence for Salzburg's Archbishop, and the gardens are filled with ingenious landscaping, featuring trick waterworks. Visit on a warm day when you don't mind getting wet! Highlights of the water park include the outdoor dining table with jets of water shooting from diners' seats, a water-operated theater, Gothic grottoes, splendid statues and colonnaded promenades …

» Hohenwerfen Fortress

Hohenwerfen Fortress, Salzburg

The 900-year-old Hohenwerfen Fortress squats 510 ft (155 m) up on a rocky hilltop, surrounded by swathes of pine trees and the harsh peaks of the Tennengebirge Mountains. From its lofty position the castle dominates the village of Werfen in the Salzach Valley region of the Austrian Alps. Accessed by either steep climb or funicular from the car parks, Hohenwerfen Fortress has its beginnings in the 11th century; it was built in tandem with the Hohensalzburg Fortress in Salzburg …

» Konigssee (King's Lake)

Konigssee (King's Lake), Salzburg

The Königssee Valley lies in the Bavarian Alps and its lake forms part of the Berchtesgaden National Park. At five miles (7.5 km) long and just 1.5 miles (1.7 km) wide wide, the serene, crystal-clear waters of the lake are the deepest in Germany. Königssee is encircled by lush Alpine valleys and snow-capped mountains - the highest of these is Mount Watzmann, which towers over the lake at 5,900 ft (1,800 m). The picture-perfect Alpine village of Schönau am Königssee sits at the head of the lake and in summer hundreds of day trippers pour in daily …

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Grandiose Salzburg's Altstadt (old town), on the south bank of the river, is a Baroque fiesta of churches, plazas, courtyards and fountains, oozing the waves of charm that you would expect from this Mozart mecca. Museums, houses, squares, chocolate bars and liqueurs are all part of one giant homage to Wolfgang. Salzburg was built on mining, of both gold and salt, although salt (the so-called white gold) has always been more important. Salz is German for salt and Salzburg literally means 'Fortress of Salt'. …

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Salzburg is dubbed the 'Rome of the North' because of its many churches. It is a compact town easy to get around on foot. Salzburg is packed with attractions: churches, mansions, museums. The old city offers all of those on a small surface. Its water gardens seen in The Sound of Music are great fun …

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