"Salzburg, City of Mozart and Churches" Salzburg by alucas

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Dominated by its castle, the Festung Hohensalzburg, the compact old city is a maze of narrow streets and passageways leading into squares dominated by the churches and Baroque buildings from Salzburg’s heyday as seat of the Prince Archbishops.

The main picture was taken on the only cloudy day we had during our visit, and I think it captures the atmosphere better than one taken with the sun out.

City of Churches

Looking down from the castle, you can count the domes, towers and spires of no less than seven churches on the same side of the river (there are more than that !), and four more in the “new” town on the other side. The cathedral (or Dom) is the largest with its twin towers and elliptical dome, but I thought that Stiftskirche St Peter (St Peter’s Abbey) was the most interesting.

Birthplace and home of Mozart

Mozart was born in an apartment in No 9 Getreidegasse (now a museum), where he lived for the first 17 years of his life, before his father moved the family to a more spacious apartment in No 9 Makartplatz (another museum) across the river. In the new town there is the Mozart Foundation (Motzarteum) and he has a music festival (Mozartwoche), a square, a bridge, an airport and even chocolates (Mozartkugeln) named after him.

Why did we choose to visit Salzburg ?

We decided that we wanted a short break at the end of February to get away from work, and recharge our batteries. There wasn’t really time to travel very far, so travelling south for sun and warm wasn’t really an option, and a city break seemed the obvious choice. So where to go to find somewhere interesting, where the weather shouldn’t be too bad and there was enough to see ? A quick study of the atlas produced rather a long shortlist, but it was quickly trimmed down, with some places marked for future trips. Some research on the internet brought Salzburg to the top of the list, and even better was easy and cheap to get to.

  • Last visit to Salzburg: Feb 2008
  • Intro Updated Apr 11, 2008
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