Best Of Musical City – SALZBURG

BEST OF MUSICAL CITY – SALZBURG

Best Of Musical City – SALZBURG
Best Of Musical City – SALZBURG

Salzburg, the fourth biggest city of Austria, is one of the most beautiful cities towards the north of Alps.  Salzburg lies in the scenic Alpine surroundings, have well-preserved ancient city centers, baroque-medieval styled architectural buildings, the birthplace of a famous composer – MOZART. Salzburg city was a set for a very famous musical Hollywood film – “The Sound of Music.  Salzburg has an artistic lifestyle with music in the air, ancient cobbled streets surrounded by Austrian style of restaurants, cafes, and marketplaces. 

Let’s take the tour of the Best of Musical City – Salzburg which has all things to do,  from Alps mountains and countrysides to churches and ancient architectures. 

SALZBURG FORTRESS – It is also known as Hohensalburg Castle, located on the hilltop of Festungsberg Hill.  It is a 900-year-old, well-preserved fortress with enchanting views of city ’s spires, Salzach river, and Alps countryside.  This fortress can be reached by hike or by speedy glass funicular.  Read more info on this castle at their official site.  This fortress is number one attraction of Salzburg with wonderful and rich history.  It has been said, that nobody overtook this castle. 

Best Of Musical City – SALZBURG
Best Of Musical City – SALZBURG

View from top of hilltop Salzburg fortress – 

GETREDIEGASSE –  It is well-preserved ancient styled shopping street.  In medieval times, as not all people can read or write, therefore business names were displayed by specific symbols and pictures.  So these trade icons are still seen in the shops, located on this street.  These symbols or icons are made up of wrought iron in vintage patterns. Even the modern shops like McDonald’s or other brands display their name in the same pattern.  This street is a most popular street of Salzburg and is always filled with tourist on late nights too.  As this street is always so lively and beautiful, there are many shops of trendy stuff, jewelry, antiques, perfumes, leather goods, toys and offers a wide range of dining opportunities. 

MOZART’S BIRTHPLACE Number – 9, the house in Getreidegasse is the peculiar attraction of Salzburg, as a famous music composer, W.A. Mozart was born here. His family lived here for 26 years.  Now, this house has been turned into a museum depicting Mozart’s early life and his belongings.  So discover the well-preserved home with items of every day and furniture from the 19th century.  It is also the pilgrimage for musicians and music lovers. 

Best of Musical City - Salzburg
Mozart’s birthplace

HELLBRUNN PALACE – This popular Palace is located on idyllic hilly perch which is about 5 miles from south of Salzburg.  As you know, “The Sound of Music” has been shot in many places of Salzburg, but the “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” was filmed here.  This 17th century, royal palace has well maintained, manicured spacious gardens, trick fountains and a marvelous place to play around. 

DOMQUARTIER SALZBURG (RESIDENZ SQUARE)  – It is a cultural highlight and ancient times center, residence of the Prince-Archbishop’s power.  DomQuartier has the cathedral and Residenz.  Until 1806,  Salzburg was the second biggest church-state after Rome. Prince-Archbishop was also referred as “Half-Pope”.  Therefore, Salzburg was also known as Rome of North.  Salzburg has many cathedrals, churches, spires, bell towers and historic plazas for which it is also known the city of churches/cathedrals.

SALZBURG CATHEDRAL – Baroque styled cathedral, located next to Salzburg Residenz.  This cathedral was built first time in 774 A.D. but was demolished and rebuilt many times.  It is a splendid piece of architecture and historic beauty if Salzburg. 

ALTSTADT (OLD TOWN)  – This area is UNESCO world heritage site and is full of historic architectural gems, ancient courtyards, and market-squares, traditional markets, Palaces, forgotten corners, frescoed buildings.  This old town can be explored by foot and you can easily spend a whole day here.  Just walk down the narrow streets of the old town to discover the medieval and Baroque architectural wonders.  All places like the entrance to the fortress, Residenz square, Cathedral, Mozart’s birthplace and popular walking streets are in the old town area of Salzburg.  Can be done through walking tours. 

Best of Musical City - Salzburg
Taking Walking Tours to Old Town

GAISBERG MOUNTAINS AND AUSTRIAN COUNTRYSIDE TOUR – On the eastern side of Salzburg, lies the Alps and if you love nature, hikes, mountain biking, paragliding then this Gaisberg mountain is the perfect place for outdoor mountain activities.  Around Gaisberg mountain, in the valleys, there are many small towns and villages. Wander around and explore the Austrian style of countryside life.  Big wooden houses/villas with lots of front and backspace. 

MIRABELLE PALACE AND GARDENS – This palace has a beautiful garden with a collection of flowers, fountains, green grass, winding path and Angel staircase.  The very famous song “DO – RE – MI” in “The Sound of Music” has been shot here.  Summer is the best time to visit this place.  As we did our tour of Salzburg in winters, we could not find all flowers blooming. 

Best of Musical City - Salzburg
Mirabelle Palace and Gardens

KAPUZINERBERG – History buffs love this place as it has many prehistoric sites and castle located on the hill, overlooking the Salzach river.  This place is on the other side of the river from Old Town.  These historic sites are considered to be of Neolithic age. 

Best of Musical City - Salzburg
KAPUZINERBERG

CHAPTER SQUARE – When you go for a climb to Salzburg fortress or towards the funicular entrance, you would pass through Chapter Square.  On this square, there is a beautiful fountain with Neptune – God of Sea holding a trident and crown.  Also, you will see a statue of a man wearing a white shirt and black pent holding a big golden ball.  This place is activity center of old town with giant sized chess on the ground.

Best of Musical City - Salzburg
Chapter Square

Salzburg has many other things to offer like delicious ginger bread, bakery stuff, and heritage beer. Salzburg has 500 years old history of beer.  Salzburg is also home to largest store of Amber- a precious stone. 

Best of Musical City - Salzburg
Europe’s largest AMBER store

This musical city of Salzburg lies close to the border with the Bavarian state of Germany.  Salzburg can be reached through

  1. Munich (capital of Bavaria) approximately 3.5 hours train ride
  2. Vienna (capital city of Austria) 2.5 hours train ride
  3. Prague (located in the Czech Republic)  – 4.5-hour train ride.

As Salzburg lies in eastern Europe, people visit Austria, Prague, and Hungary in Far East Europe tour. 

Where to stay in Salzburg – Stay in the hotel which overlooks Salzach river or hotel located in the lively street of Getreidegasse.  

Check more on Salzburg at their official website and more on Austria’s official website for information. 

 

So, till then KEEP TRAVELING……………… KEEP EXPLORING……………………………………………………

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28 Comments

  1. Travel With Me 24/7, what a great detailed article! I’ve been to Salzburg before, so it was like stepping back in time as I read through your article, “Best of Musical City – Salzburg.” My favorite spot was climbing up the the fortress from the back side and viewing all of the green rooftops from above! Thank you for sharing your insight and I can’t wait to visit again.

  2. I haven’t yet been to Salzburg though one of my good friends is from there. It looks so pretty, what with the old town, and the gorgeous fortress. I’d love to walk down that shopping street and see the McDonalds sign in the style of writing you mentioned, how cool! Definitely one city I’d love to see one day.

  3. The Sound of Music was my grandfather’s favorite movie, and I began watching it every year on his birthday after he died. I would love to visit Salzburg one day and take the Sound of Music filming locations tour. There are so many beautiful buildings and the architecture is so intricate! I would love to see the view from the fortress!

  4. I have yet to visit this beautiful city but it is high on my list since my grandmother was born in Austria. I love all the music connections the city has and of course the history and beautiful architecture. Fantastic idea to incorporate a side rip to the country side. It looks so picturesque.

  5. I am going to Austria with my boyfriend for the first time and I literally just booked marked this page on my browser! so happy I found your blog post. Such great information and spots to take gorgeous photos.

  6. Wow, this is an amazing post, I didn’t know much about this city and your post has given so much in depth detail that I feel like travelling right away. The cathedral and old town has me mesmerised and looks picturesque.

  7. Salzburg really is the stuff of fairy tales, it’s such a beautiful little city. I had forgotten it’s where the Sound of Music was filmed and loved your tour of the movie through the city. And those views from the castle are worth it just to see them! Just another reason to get to Austria!

  8. I was in Salzburg two years ago and I thought it was one of the prettiest places I’d ever seen.I’m impressed that you went in winter. I went in summer and got to take part in a classical music festival. I did almost everything on your list but my favorite was the fortress.

  9. I would love to combine this with my visit to Vienna. Maybe even stay here for there is so much to cover. Palaces and museums for sure but that shopping street… It seems so colorful and quaint. Definitely need to stroll down this one.

  10. Oh cool you listed all the great places in the city for sightseeing. I remember when I was there last year I also went to a rooftop bar in the heart of the city. It had great view and drinking a coffee there was nice. I loved the vibe and the narrow streets. Great list of places! Thanks.

  11. Getreidegasse looks amazing! I love the wrought iron signage, that is such a wonderful feature. And admittedly I would love to see the Sound of Music filming location too. 🙂

  12. While reading your article I could hear the music of this musical city the way you put it together. I visited Austria last year but missed going to Salzburg. I actually have to go back as I miss seeing this beautiful city. Your article is so detailed that its perfect guide. I specially loved the Alstadt which is one of the reason I will visit this musical city. Thanks for sharing

  13. I never realised that Salzburg was the fourth biggest city of Austria that is an interesting fact. It is one of those places I have always wanted to visit and been close but never have gotten there yet. This post has definitely made me want to go even more now especially to see Hohensalburg Castle and explore inside. I like the sound of Music too.

  14. Austria is not often the first country in mind when talking about places to visit in Europe. But I do think that it has plenty to offer here. Salzburg has many great sights to explore, especially the fortress and the palace. I would love the chance to explore these sights someday. They seem to bring you back in time!

  15. I’ve always wanted to visit Salzburg! It looks so beautiful. My husband’s grandfather was baptized at the Salzburg Cathedral, so that would be one of the first stops for us. Love the idea of a tour of the countryside as well–the Austrian mountains look absolutely gorgeous.

  16. You have given me all the reasons to visit Salzburg. This is absolutely a fairy-tale destination for me. From the Hohensalburg Castle, HELLBRUNN PALACE, to ALTSTADT , I would like get lost in those tiny alleys and explore it. Its a beautiful place. I can imagine how beautiful it will look in winter with snow. I have already listed it on my list. Thanks

  17. I have been to SALZBURG and this is truly a musical town, also birth place of Mozart. Too bad I was not able to visit the museum of the Mozart birthplace but only see it from the outside. There are two things that you have mentioned that I was not aware of are the amber stones and 500 years history of beer. Love your cute beanie cap!!

  18. Wow, knowing that Salzburg has almost everything made me really excited to traipse my feet here and climb to the Alps mountains and amble around the countrysides to churches and ancient architectures. I love all those intricately designed buildings, with so much history and beauty.

  19. I had no idea that they filmed The sound of music in Salzburg! I always wanted to see the Mozart birthplace tho, it looks like the city always had some hidden music potential 🙂 I wonder if you can see how they make the amber jewelry?

  20. I love Austria and its relationship with music. My short time in Vienna was Amazing, and Salzburg has been on my bucket list for a while, especially Mozart’s house. I also loved the street signs, I wasn’t expecting McDonald’s to have one too! Hahaha

  21. Salzburg was my favorite city in Austria. I really enjoyed the Hohensalzburg castle and Altstadt the most when there. We also took a hop on hop off tour of all the sound of music sites which wife dear really enjoyed given she is a die hard fan of the movie.

  22. Salzburg is indeed a lovely place. I’ve visited the city twice already and still would love to see it again. I just can’t get enough of the amazing views and of course the Sound of Music. 🙂

    Liz Gen

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