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Salzburg

Salzburg, the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, is dominated by churches, castles and palaces. Its picturesque old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 © A. Hechenberger
© A. Hechenberger
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© Salzburg Tourismus
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© Tourismus Salzburg
Hohensalzburg Fortress © Tourismus Salzburg GmbH
Hohensalzburg Fortress © Tourismus Salzburg GmbH

Festung Hohensalzburg, the landmark of Salzburg, is Central Europe’s largest intact fortress and offers fantastic views of the city. Visit the Princely Residence, a magnificent early baroque edifice with splendid halls and a gallery featuring European paintings dating between the 16th and 19th century. The nearby vast Salzburg Dom is without doubt the main attraction of the old town. Inside there is the Romanesque font where Mozart was baptized.

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.

At the foot of Mönchsberg you will find the so-called Festival District with the two famous festival halls (architect: Clemens Holzmeister; 1956-1960) and the Felsenreitschule, a baroque masterpiece designed by Fischer von Erlach in 1693. South of the center of Salzburg’s old town is the popular Schloss Hellbrunn with the world-famous 'wasserspiele' section containing many ingenious trick fountains and water-powered figures.

Some 4,000 cultural events combine to make Salzburg one of the most important cultural metropolises. The acclaimed Salzburger Festspiele, founded in 1920, is the high point in Salzburg’s culture calendar and includes concerts, opera and theatre performances.

St. Peter's Abbey is Europe's oldest restaurant located in the heart of Salzburg and a great starting point to walk up Fortress Hohensalzburg.

Salzburg's newest addition is the Museum of Modern Art, which is located ontop the Mönchsberg. With great contemporary exhibitions and a restaurant with amazing views of the old city of Salzburg this is a site not to be missed.

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