Salzburg – Austria – Sapphire Travels

Salzburg – The birthplace of 18th-century composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, is the fourth-largest city in Austria and the capital of the federal state of Salzburg. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, Salzburg’s “Old Town” (Altstadt) is internationally renowned for its baroque architecture and is one of the best-preserved city centers north of the Alps.

The city is divided by the Salzach River, with medieval and baroque buildings of the pedestrian Altstadt (Old City) on its left bank, facing the 19th-century Neustadt (New City) on its right.

Salzburg Neustadt (New City) and Altstadt (Old City) separated by the Salzach River

What to do in Salzburg – Take time out to visit Mozart’s Geburtshaus, the place where the genial composer was born on January 27, 1756.

The house is located in Getreidegasse, Salzburg’s most attractive and most visited shopping street with its high and narrow houses and romantic courtyards.

Another highlight is Schloss Mirabell with its splendid gardens built by the baroque master builder Lukas von Hildebrandt.

Mirabell Palace Gardens

While you are there we recommend that you eat at the Stiftskeller St. Peter Europe’s oldest restaurant ( located in the heart of Salzburg and a great starting point to walk up to the Fortress Hohensalzburg) – a restaurant where conversation and flavour meet, where celebrities and guests from all walks of life like to linger, set the world to rights and indulge in epicurean pleasure.

St. Peter’s Abbey

All of the above should keep you busy for 2 days if done at a snails pace. If you still have more time, here is what we recommend can fill up your itinerary:

Dom zu Salzburg (Salzburg Cathedral) – A giant monument to this city’s religion, power and wealth, Dom Zu Salzburg awes visitors with its turquoise domes and towering facade

Dom Zu Salzburg

Festung Hohensalzburg (Hohensalzburg Fortress) – Never conquered by enemy troops, Festung Hohensalzburg opened to the public in the mid-20th century. It was originally built in 1077 in preparation for a conflict between Pope Gregor VII and Emperor Henry IV. Over the centuries, the complex has grown, serving as a prison, an army camp and, of course, a military stronghold. Today, a torture chamber, several courtyards and three small museums — the Fortress, the Rainer Regiments and the Marionette —reside within its walls.

Festung Hohensalzburg

Salzburg Museum – Has a wide range of archaeological and artistic treasures: from a 17th-century carillon (a set of mechanized bells) that plays Mozart compositions to religious Renaissance paintings and artifacts from Salzburg’s early Roman origins. The most remarkable exhibit (listed as a separate museum for admission) contains several 360-degree panorama paintings. Still, others profess the true marvel of the museum is the facility itself.

SalzburgMuseum

There’s plenty more to do around Salzburg and surrounding areas. If you are in Austria and visiting more cities, the below links will prove helpful in planning and during your stay.

Check the below links for more about Austria-

Innsbruck – Sapphire Travels

Vienna – Sapphire Travels

Road trips in Austria – Sapphire Travels

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