History and Music in Salzburg
The birthplace of Mozart and the setting for the classic, Sound of Music. Salzburg may be synonymous with these two things, but there’s so much more to this historic city, which has just been named Lonely Planet’s top city to visit in 2020! Want a primer on what Salzburg is all about? Keep reading.
Best time to visit: September to October, when summer crowds have waned off and the temperature is still mild
Best known for: The birthplace of Mozart; The Sound of Music & the real von Trapp family; and the Salzburg Festival
WHAT TO SEE
Trick Fountains, Hellbrunn Palace
1. Mozart’s Family Home: The museum pays tribute to the great composer with priceless memorabilia documenting his life, including the first violin gifted to the maestro at the age of six. The house attracts countless tourists each year who walk back in time through the rooms that still echo of Mozart’s childhood.
2. The Hellbrunn Palace: A “pleasure palace” for the Salzburg prince-archbishops, it has amazed travelers for over 400 years. But what’s truly special here are the entertaining Trick Fountains, with various hydraulic attractions that will leave you amazed!
3. Christmas Market at Cathedral Square: If you are in Salzburg during winter, don’t miss this historic 500-year-old Christmas market, which is one of the oldest in Europe. Make sure you check their calendar in advance for dates and special cultural events and performances.
WHAT TO DO
1. One Hundred Years of the Salzburg Festival: 2020 marks the centenary of the world-famous Salzburg Festival, the biggest classical music event in the world. From operas to concerts, medieval plays and lots more, the city is set to pull out all stops for the 2020 edition. So, if you want a musical summer, Salzburg will be the place to be!
2. The Sound of Music Tour: Follow Julie Andrew’s footsteps from the classic movie, featuring the evocative Mirabell Gardens, spectacular Frohnburg Palace, iconic Nonnberg Abbey and other spots which also tell the story of the real von Trapp family.
3. Nightlife in Steingasse: Spend an evening in this medieval street known for some of the best bars in town! Or for a more rustic feel, grab a beer at the Augustiner Brau, Austria’s largest beer hall, where the drinks are served from large wooden barrels.
4. Day Trip to Hall in Tirol: Drive down to this charming town which boasts one of Austria’s best-preserved historic centers. Here, you can dine inside a 700-year-old building and delight your palate with a medieval banquet and wine.
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