I visited this impressive castle during the Eurocup celebration in 2008. It offers breathtaking views of the city and the Alps. No less impressive are the terrace restaurant and its litre beers. The city of Mozart is magnificent, and it has an interesting cemetery at the foot of Hohensalzburg Castle.
Mozart's figure is omnipresent in Salzburg giving way to two major attractions, Mozart's two city residences, which are now museums. The first with a yellow facade was Mozart's Birthplace, where you can see different objects, some originals and other replicas, used by the famous musician. The second (Mozart Wohnhaus - Monchsbergpark 8), across the river in the newer part of the city, is where he lived when he was older. The collection of pianos, player pianos and similar instruments is remarkable. For obvious reasons of conservation and security, pictures are not allowed inside, so I could only photograph the exterior.
Salzburg is unusually excessive, baroque, smug and monumental... which is great! So, the royal families have always chosen this city to host their palaces and so "balance" a bit of their own magnificence with totalitarian image of the Benedictines in the city. The Mirabell Palace is the most important of them and possibly the most beautiful of all. Its gardens, constantly cared for, its flora and geometry change according to the season. Over 200 classical music concerts are held inside in the "Marble Hall". Its maze garden gnomes and outdoor theater we used to imagine the idyllic life that ran through this place where the nobility kept their families away from hypocrisy and political corruption. In Salzburg you can see that double standard of power in every corner of the city-museum.
It is also known as Virgil Cathedral, after the man who first ordered its construction. It is framed in German Baroque style, although the start of its construction dates from the 8th century AD, when it possibly would have been the same place of worship for the earlier Germanic or Celtic tribes. The first impression is that the cathedral is in keeping with the rest of Salzburg's beautiful city, where each building appears in harmony with the next. Two towers preside over a very nice square, which invites people inside, where we met a monk with an Argentine accent who sold us stamps in many languages. The interior keeps with the Baroque style, perhaps less ornate than the Italian or Spanish baroque, but very tasteful. Worth the visit.
Crossing the center of the city to which it gives its name and, skirting the salt mines and the Hohensalzburg Castle, this beautiful river is the backbone of the city. On its banks you can find the current leisure center and nice houses to admire ... At night it offers beautiful views and a nice place to enjoy a refreshing breeze ...
When I make a list of the cities in which I've spent the most time, of course I look at Madrid, where I live, Munich, where I worked for two years, and my hometown of Leon, where I spent many summers. But the city that I've visited the most times is Salzburg. This Austrian gem is a little over an hour's drive from Munich, and I've been here at least eight times. The historic center of Salzburg is one of those places you just have to see, although not everyone is impressed. Some visitors are surprised by its unexpected beauty, while others, with higher expectations, feel let down. It's true that the first time I came here, I was a little disappointed. But after seeing it 3, 5, 7 times...in snow, in rain, in sun, during festivals, during quiet times, during the Christmas market...I truly became a Salzburg addict. I realize now that it's one of the things I miss most about my life in Bavaria: the ability to take the train just one hour and find myself in this charming Austrian city.
If you aren't satisfied with just a stroll along the banks of the River Salzach or in the old and modern streets of Salzburg, you can get some exercise by climbing uphill to the Capuchin Monastery, built in the 16th century. After the effort and resting a little while, you can follow a path just below which takes you to the lookout where you can enjoy spectacular views of the city under the welcomed shade of the surrounding trees.
In summer, Kapitelplatz is full of dozens of stalls selling crafts, food and delicious Austrian wine, and in winter there's a giant chess set and a Christmas market. Whenever Salzburgers want to celebrate something, they come to this square between the Cathedral and the Fortress flanked by the Bishop's Palace and University. It's a fairly large square and when the summer fairs or Christmas markets come to town, you won't believe the number of stalls and carousels they fit there. When I came in winter, it was almost deserted except for the ice cream sellers and the giant chess set. I was left wondering what it must be like during the full Christmas swing.
For the comfort, or for those who want to enjoy a mini amusement park experience, take the funicular ride up to the Fortress of Salzburg in less than two minutes, saving a considerable hike and avoiding the steep rock climbing to reach the castle. There is another way up and down, which is walking, but since the ticket price includes transportation, and the stairs aren't really interesting, take advantage of the opportunity to see the city open up before your eyes while enjoying a sense of vertigo. On your way out, before heading out to the street, there is a small Funicular museum, which exhibits the plans up to the continuous renovations and its relationship with the Alm water pipes. There is also a small shop/Amber museum, another little known resource for visitors to Salzburg.
It is a small cemetery, next to the San Gabriel chapel. It is the resting place of the mortal remains of most members of the Mozart family, which is famous for the Austrian musician and composer WA Mozart. While there we found graves of parents and other relatives. Very quiet and lonely, but it is different from other famous cemeteries.
In the region of Salzburg, covering the area of the calcareous Alps, I went into one of the most beautiful areas on my trip to Austria, the Salzkammergut or "lakes region"; 650 km² with 27 sublime lakes. I cannot imagine a better introduction to the "Salt City", a host of people to the shores of each of them. Every Austrian village is a work of art and a celebration of beauty in every balcony. Living in this region is a dream that I have had since then. No one here misses a sunny day to go out with the boat in the shelter of gigantic mountains and dense forests on the high ground. The region has livestock breeding, and even here the cattle do not receive the care of the Tyrolean, which is a real party, it remains an idyllic spectacle. The sports tourism area is of special interest: scuba diving, windsurfing, sailing and hiking. But the spectacular setting, the peace that imbues you as you stand before such a work of nature and the tranquility of the human constructions, that fully respect the environment make a unique experience for anyone.
This "horse well" was built by Fischer von Erlach at the same time as the front part of the stables. Restored in 1732, it has undergone several changes including a new orientation of the "Der Rossebändiger" statue and the fresco paintings of Josef Ebner. The place is really colorful and nice to admire, especially for fans of these animals!
Getreidegasse is a lovely street that seems to have it all, from designer clothes boutiques to international chains to a McCafe that's far more expensive than average and innumerable souvenir shops. Getreidegasse is also where you'll find the house in which Mozart was born, and the Roittner passage. There are several cafes selling apfeltorte or sachertorte, with delicious Viennese coffee with cream. Id's suggest going off the beaten track and heading into the little alleys off the street and finding the little shops selling handicrafts made from wood or silver, or the traditional artisan toy shops. It makes for a very entertaining afternoon before moving on to the mighty Hohensalzburg Castle.
The Cemetery of St Peter's Abbey is one of the most beautiful and interesting cemeteries I've ever seen. It really has it all: legends, art, religion, and tons of charm. It might seem strange to describe a cemetery as charming, but there's really no other word for this place. You reach it after passing through several streets from Kapitelplatz, and you'll immediately notice the thick forest of crosses right at the foot of the fortress. It's the kind of cemetery that inevitably attracts the attention of the living; it seems to me that funerary arts seems to be more powerful in Central Europe, more delicate but more visceral.
There are legends here like that of the Seven Crosses: it is said that the mason Sebastian Stumpfegger killed and buried six wives by muzzling them and tickling their feet until they died of laughter, so nobody would know what had happened...until the very last escaped to tell the tale. The crosses in the cemetery are made of iron, wood or bronze, and are notable for being adorned with simple, almost playful paintings. There are large tombs, too, for those who were important in life and wanted to stay that way in death. Also, don't miss the two churches located in the cemetery.
After visiting the Hohensalzburg Fortress, we went to take a look at several of the exhibits in the museum. First, we went to the weapons museum which contained artifacts that from the time of Ottoman rule right up to the Second World War. There are all kinds of military paraphernalia like medals, uniforms, documents, and an area with bizarre torture instruments, including two painful-looking chastity belts. My favorite part was the mock-up of medieval attack, with arrows in the air chasing the mannequin soldiers out of the room. Before leaving the fort, there's also a small puppetry museum of puppets (there's a long history of puppetry in the city) which contains hundreds of puppets of all shapes and sizes.
Universitatsplatz is not big, but it is beautiful and you're sure to come across it at some point in your trip as it's located between Getreidegasse and Residenzplatz. It's a picturesque plaza with the gigantic Kollegienkirche which unfortunately was closed during our visit. Really, it's massive. It seems to have fallen from the sky right into the middle of the square. The buildings that make up the northern side of the square are painted in bright colors and add a vivid touch. The square sometimes hosts a traditional food market where you can get great cheeses, meats and sausages at decent prices. A nice place to go and mingle with the locals.
The Residenz was the "modest" residence of the bishops until the nineteenth century. Outside, it seems like a palace-fortress, but inside it's full of unashamedly opulent rooms decorated with tapestries and frescoes by Rottmayr. Inside, you'll find the room where Mozart first performed in public at the age of 6. In addition, you can visit the Residenz gallery, where there's a magnificent collection of Flemish and Dutch paintings. The building gives you an idea of the immense power that the archbishops of Salzburg came to possess; they were feared even by the Austrian kings! In the courtyard, there are also some nice fountains and a strange sculpture made out of hundreds of small aluminum and steel letters.
This is dedicated to all fans of puppets! This is a truly magical place. It is a museum where you can see historical Salzburg puppets. Occasionally it comes to life in fun, dramatic theatre. Highly recommended.
You can't even imagine all the things to see in Salzburg. As the fourth largest city in Austria, there are a thousand and one things to do in Salzburg today. The historic center is, among the many places to visit in Salzburg, one of the most interesting. Walking through its streets you'll feel like you're in a different time, because the buildings seem to be from a different age. Salzburg Castle is one of the oldest buildings and attractions in Salzburg. It stands on the highest hill in the city from which you'll have panoramic views. Other Salzburg attractions to see in the old town are: Mozart's residence, Mirabell Palace, and Salzburg Cathedral. Architecture lovers can't miss the Hohensalzburg Fortress and the Abbey Nonnberg or of Saint Peter, two of the best buildings and places to see in Salzburg. And to disconnect a bit from the hustle of a major city, there's nothing better than taking a walk along the River Salzach. This green waterway divides the very elegant city in two. One of the main Salzburg activities to experience is to learn more about the area's flora while enjoying the tranquility of nature without leaving the city. If you want to know more about what to do in Salzburg, visit Minube where you can see the favorite spots of users who have visited the city and learn all about the stuff to do in Salzburg.