A dream destination for any romantic
Sooner or later on your visit to Salzburg you will pass by one of Europe’s most enchanting palaces:
Mirabell Palace, with its grand Marble Hall – considered one of the world’s most beautiful wedding venues – is a dream destination for the romantically inclined. The breathtaking lakeside setting of Leopoldskron Palace, on the other hand, made it famous all over the world: several scenes for the musical "The Sound of Music" were filmed here. And anyone who experiences the palace and its peerless ambiance will understand why.
Gigantic "wing" of steel and glass
Only a few hundred feet from this romantic location one enters a completely different world: the ultramodern and spectacular "Hangar-7", a prestige project of Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz. This hangar is more than just an exhibition area for historic aircraft and other aviation-related objects: the exterior resembles a gigantic wing that – in spite of its 1,200 tons of steel and 380 tons of special glass – gives the impression of being remarkably dynamic and virtually weightless. Inside, the hangar’s stunning arched ceiling stretches an extensive exhibition that impressively combines technology, art and entertainment.
Although it is not easy to pull yourself away from the city of Salzburg, it is worthwhile to explore the countryside as well. Less than a thirty-minute drive away is the charming city of Hallein, whose picturesque winding streets, lovely squares and meticulously renovated buildings represent an absolute gem of medieval architecture. At the fascinating Keltenmuseum one can learn all about the remarkable history of salt mining.
Architectural highlights in Salzburg’s mountains
There are plenty of architectural treats to discover in Salzburg’s mountains as well: at the time of its opening at the beginning of the twentieth century, the Grand Hotel de l’Europe in Bad Gastein was among the largest and most modern hotels in Austro-Hungary and one of the few luxury hotels of that period. The building still exudes the nostalgic charm of that epoch. A completely different kind of ambiance awaits visitors to the St. Martin Chalet Resort in Salzburg’s Lungau region: these trim little chalets were designed in traditional Alpine style with a great deal of attention to detail. Each of the wooden chalets is set in the middle of its own garden, where vegetables, fruit and herbs grow in the summer. This is further evidence that, whether you are in the city of Salzburg or SalzburgLand, an architectural tour can always be combined with the splendor of the area’s natural surrounding.
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