"Wonderful Salzburg!" Salzburg by ettiewyn
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I have visited Salzburg three times: Twice as a teenager with my parents, as daytrips during our family holidays in Steiermark (Styria), and the third time as a five day trip with my mom in July 2010. Salzburg is my mom's favourite town and so I was happy to organize a trip for her!
Of course Salzburg is most famous as Mozart's birthplace, and also as location of the movie The Sound of Music (which in fact I have never seen, I think it is much more famous overseas than it is in Europe). But there is so much more to Salzburg!
The town has a very rich history, with proud and mighty archbishops, many artists and its famous festival season. There is something to discover in every corner, it is so full of architecture and culture. Getreidegasse is the most famous street, but if you have enough time, you should try to leave the tourist places and explore a little more.
With all its churches and historical buildings Salzburg is very beautiful. Its dominant colour is white, and especially in sunshine, it seems as if the whole town is shimmering in the sun. It is organised by its five main squares (Residenzplatz, Alter Markt, Mozartplatz, Kapitelplatz and Domplatz), so remember that "Platz" means square. My tips will often refer to the squares as locations.
Salzburg on foot - walking tours
The town of Salzburg is not that big, so it can be easily explored on foot. I have developed four different walking tours that allow you to conveniently visit sights that are located in the same area and might save you some planning. So if you are interested in that, have a look at my General tips:
Walking Tour 1: Old town - centre
Walking Tour 2: Around the Fortress
Walking Tour 3: North of the Salzach
Walking Tour 4: The northern part of the centre - along the Salzach
My special recommendations
When I look at pages that are a bit bigger, I sometimes feel a little overwhelmed by all the information. Sometimes you also have only limited time...
That is why I decided to put up a "Top 7" on my bigger pages, listing the seven attractions that I personally find the most unique or valuable and that I would really like to make people consider.
So for Salzburg, these are:
My favourite place in Salzburg, though rather a smaller attraction , is the beautiful Pferdeschwemme (Horse Wash).
What you really should not miss is the impressive cathedral with its beautiful façade and its stunning interior.
Very interesting and a must do on a trip to Salzburg is St. Peter's Church with its cemetary and the catacombs - this is where the history of Salzburg started!
You should also visit the Fortress - see the historical fortifications and enjoy spectacular views of the town. I have written several more tips on it!
Residenzplatz is a bustling square next to the cathedral with wonderful views on the cathedral and a great fountain.
Kollegienkirche is my favourite church after the cathedral. I love its beautiful façade.
Salzburg is so much connected to Mozart - I like Mozart's Residence much more than his birthplace.
- Pros:A historical and beautiful town, so much to discover
- Cons:Very crowded and "touristy" in certain places
- In a nutshell:So much more than Mozart - I love it!
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