If you are a lover of music, culture and history, then Salzburg could be the perfect destination for a city break for you. ‘Mozart’s City’ is quite simply one of the most romantic destinations in Europe and a delightful place to visit. Attractions are plentiful and are all within easy walking distance of the city centre. Not only this, but thanks to low cost flights to Salzburg from a range of destinations, getting here is easier than ever!
A sightseeing tour of the city should begin at Hohensalzburg Castle, where spectacular views of the city can be witnessed. From here you should head to the historic centre which sits on the bank of the River Salzach. The old-world beauty of the buildings in Salzburg’s Old Town has enabled the area to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From the medieval centre, you can find an extraordinary area of Italianate piazzas, fountains and cathedrals in baroque Salzburg. Head to the 17th century baroque Salzburg Cathedral, to see the site of Mozart’s baptism.
Finally, lose yourself in the miniature fantasy world of the Marionette Theatre. A puppet theatre, designed for adults, dating back to 1913.
Salzburg Musical sights
Mozart lovers should start their musical journey at Mozartplatz, in the heart of the old town which is the birthplace of Mozart and where his memorial sits. If you want to hear some of his fabulous music live, then there are concerts all over town throughout the year.
Today, however, Julie Andrews is more popular than Mozart and is one of the main attractions that draws tourists to the city. Go on a wonderful Sound of Music Tour and view the breathtaking landscape where several scenes were filmed. Relive one of the film’s highlights by singing “I am sixteen going on seventeen” at the pretty Hellbrunn Castle.
If you dream to live out all your Julie Andrews fantasies, just head out of the city for a spot of hiking in the hills where the Sound of Music was filmed. The closest Alp is Untersberg, with excellent hiking trails up to the top or a cable car for those who prefer to relax. Mozart fans can head for sleepy St. Gilgen and check out the town where the composer’s mother was born. The province of Salzburg has more than 7,200 kilometres of hiking paths, making it a perfect destination for outdoor lovers. No wonder ‘Sound of Music’ was shot here.
Cafes and eating out
Salzburg’s cafes are legendary and famous for their delicious cream cakes. There is an abundance of traditional coffee houses spread across the city, perfect for relaxing in after a long day of sightseeing.
When eating out in Salzburg, you will always find that your meals come presented to you like a work of art. If savoury food is your thing then try a brettljause (cold platter) consisting of cheese, smoked bacon and fresh bread. Or try spaetzle, a pasta-type dish, which is fried and served with strong cheese.
Where to stay
Salzburg, the perfect host and ideal destination for a city break with your friends, family or partner. But where to stay?
Hotel Hölle, conveniently located on the edge of Salzburg town centre, is ideal if you are looking for a traditional-style house. With a friendly atmosphere and delicious Austrian food in the restaurant, you will struggle to leave the foyer.
Hotel Bristol is a rather grand hotel that is situated across from the river in the Old Town and has hosted everyone from emperors to Sigmund Freud. Stay here for stunning views and lavish old-fashioned rooms.
Hotel Goldener Hirsch in the baroque centre is rich in tradition and luxury. It is located near the house where Mozart was born and close to the famous Festival Hall and all major sights. This is the hotel you should stay in if you are after the 5-star treatment.