The hills (or rather mountains) around Salzburg, as
well as the city itself, are indeed alive with the sound of music.
But if you travel to Salzburg you will find this Austrian
chocolate-box city is also a visual delight, its opulent Baroque
castles, palaces, concert halls, and churches a feast for the eye
and the soul.
Any classical music-lover worth his or her 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 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 Palace.
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.
Hohensalzburg FortressThe 11th-century Hohensalzburg Castle stands on a rocky outcrop approximately 394ft (120m) above the city. Although originally built by Archbishop Gebhard to repel attacks from the neighbouring Bavarians, the present-day fortress was largely rebuilt in the early 16th century by Archbishop Leonhard Von Keutschach,... see full details
St Peter's AbbeyThe cathedral is one of the city's most recognisable symbols and the massive south tower, standing at 445 feet (136m) tall, is a dominant feature on the Vienna skyline. The 343 steps can be climbed for a fantastic view over the city. St... see full details
Mozart's BirthplaceWolfgang 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 various portraits.... see full details
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