"So Much Music..." Salzburg by leplaya

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This place will make you feel cultured

From Mozart to the Sound of Music, Salzburg is filled with music history and it really shows (at least during the summer). The liveliest time to visit, which just happened to be when we visited, is the Salzburger Festspiele, a month-long festival in August. During this festival there are concerts several times a day, including lots of Mozart. Apparently in 2006, there will be an even larger celebration marking Mozart?s 250th anniversary. Unfortunately, this also means that finding a place to stay is very difficult and expensive. What we did was stay about 45 minutes outside the city and took the train in. It saved us a lot of money and we got a chance to see a small, Austrian, mountain village.

Old town Salzburg

Old town Salzburg is an area with small pedestrian roads lined with lots of stores and restaurants, with a castle overlooking it. This is where all the tourists are and where most of the attractions are located. During the Festspiele, it gets so crowded that you almost have to push people out of your way to get anywhere (don?t worry, it doesn?t get violent). To really give the place a musical feel, there are speakers located in various areas along the streets, playing classical music.

Outside the old town, there are also a lot of interesting sites, including the Mirabell garden and palace, which is a great place to relax after going through the crowds in old town.

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  • Pros:A lot going on, great attractions
  • Cons:in the summer it can get crowded and expensive
  • Last visit to Salzburg: Aug 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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