Salzburg and its surrounding hills and
mountains are indeed alive with the sound of music. But this
Austrian city is also a visual delight, with its opulent Baroque
castles, palaces, concert halls and churches all a feast for the
eye and the soul. Any classical music-lover worth their salt should
not miss a holiday in Salzburg, hometown of Mozart, but the city is
also a haven for romantics who will revel in the beauty of its
scenery, architecture and lyrical setting.
The most popular and worthwhile tourist
attractions in Salzburg include the mighty Hohensalzburg Fortress,
the two Mozart museums situated in his birthplace and former
residence, the Museum of Modern Art, the Salzburg Museum, the
Museum of Natural History, the Salzburg Zoo and the Hellbrunn
Those planning on doing a lot of
sightseeing should look into buying the Salzburg Card which
provides free entry or discounts on attractions, public transport
and even concerts and theatre performances. The card can be
purchased at info booths in the city and at many hotels.
The central core of Salzburg is easy and
pleasant to explore on foot. There are buses and streetcars
available, for which a 24-hour pass can be bought which includes
the use of the Hohensalzburg Funicular. Taxis are plentiful at
visible ranks throughout the city, but they are expensive.
The 11th-century Hohensalzburg Castle stands on a rocky outcrop approximately 394ft (120m) above the city. Originally built by Archbishop Gebhard to repel attacks from the neighbouring Bavarians, the present-day fortress was largely rebuilt in the early 16th century with added grand state apartments.... see full details
St Peter's Abbey
The cathedral is one of the city's most recognisable symbols and one of the greatest Gothic structures in Europe, with its massive south tower standing at 445 feet (136m) tall. A dominant feature on the Vienna skyline, its 343 steps can be... see full details
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in 1756 at his family's home in Getreidegasse. The house has since been converted into a museum displaying exhibits which include the violin played by Mozart as a child, his concert violin and clavichord, a pianoforte and... see full details
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