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A mini guide to Salzburg

Travel writer Becki Enright shares her insider tips in this mini guide to Salzburg

By Becki Enright (Borders of Adventure) as part of her #YearInAustria

There’s more to the musical metropolis of Salzburg than the birthplace of Mozart and the Sound of Music, although both should be appreciated while you are here. The streets are literally filled with glorious sounds, whether is be an Opera singer or a busker, and the film’s famous film scenes draw in the hardened fans. The city is also a stage for over 4,000 cultural events a year, marking it out as Austria’s festival playground.

A World Heritage Site since 1997, Salzburg is naturally pretty too. Built and ruled by Archbishops, it’s absence of Hapsburg touches are replaced by grand Cathedrals and beautiful baroque church spires, all set within large open squares which today are filled with modern artworks and views to the castle on the hillside.

You can wander all manner of pretty avenues, hidden courtyards, palaces, and gardens, or seek out the elevated viewpoints of the city’s 1,000 protected buildings and mint coloured rooftops, before indulging in a beer – a history of the monks that still remains here.

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Must see in Salzburg:

  • For the best view of the city head to the rooftop of the Museum of Modern Art before enjoying the exhibitions. Or simply enter just for this ultimate panorama.
  • Sound of Music fans should take the Panorama Tours musical bus all around the key film locations and out into the surrounding lake areas.
  • Check out Steingasse across the river from the Historical Old Town. It is the oldest street in Salzburg and an historical alleyway of the city.
  • Immerse yourself in Salzburg’s beer heritage and sip on a Steiner at the Augustiner Brewery for a history of the monks or visit the 17th-century established Stiegl Brewery which is still in operation today.
  • Stay in the central 3* Berglandhotel, the real Villa Trapp or for those looking for ultimate luxury and a magnificent backdrop of mountains, indulge in an outer city stay in Schloss Leopoldskron.

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About the author

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Name Becki Enright

From London

Living in Vienna

Blog bordersofadventure.com

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Twitter @BordersofAdv

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This article is part of the #YearInAustria project in collaboration with Becki Enright, the award-winning travel writer behind Borders of Adventure. After living in Vienna for one year, Becki wanted to explore more of her adopted homeland, and so this 12-month journey into the very best of Austria began.

We invited Becki to travel the length and breadth of Austria to explore its many cultural, historical, culinary and adventurous delights.

View the #YearInAustria itinerary, read our interview with Becki (Is there more to Austria than schnitzel and Sound of Music?), and see highlights from her trips... Discover it all here!

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