Holidays to Salzburg
Salzburg is a place for the discerning traveller. If you have a passion for architecture, then this city, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, may well be just what you’re looking for. This is a city that offers fantastic shopping, ancient architecture and majestic scenery. Gastronomic delights are waiting to be discovered at every turn. The lively piazzas house a plentiful supply of fine restaurants and friendly cafes that remain bustling all day and into the night.
Visit the incredible Salzburg Residenz Palace, a Baroque masterpiece in the Residenzplatz and the spectacular cathedral known as the Dom, with its gilded interior and Baroque façade that dominates the Domplatz (square).
Salzburg Old Town is a 14th century medieval gem, lying on the southern bank of the Salzach River. Narrow, cobbled alleyways make up the Altstadt. These lead into spacious piazzas with a number of Baroque churches to explore. The Benedictine Monastery, known as St Peter’s Abbey, has the most spectacular Rococo interior and is well worth a visit. Here, you can also find one of the oldest restaurants in Europe - St Peter Stiftskeller.
Stroll around the Kollegienkirche, one of Austria’s best examples of Baroque architecture, designed by Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach. Then, take the funicular up the steep cliff to a white fortress known as Festung Hohensalzburg. The view of the Altstadt is breathtaking, with its many rooftops and spires. When up there, sneak a look at the Museum of Modern Art. If you’re a ‘Sound of Music’ fan, the Mirabell Gardens and Palace may seem familiar from the film, with its many statues and elaborate planting schemes.
A musical influence
As the birthplace to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the backdrop to ‘The Sound of Music’, Salzburg is a place that respects its musical past. Sit back and watch street musicians weave their magic in Kapitelplatz as the locals socialise over a game of giant chess. Sip a beer or a glass of wine by the fire, in a forgotten corner of the Old Town. It is these things that give Salzburg its romantic feel.
Venture into Mozartplatz Square to view the legendary musician, cast in bronze, before heading to his birthplace, the Geburtshaus. This is now a museum depicting his early life, found on the Getreidegasse, now a busy shopping street.
The Getreidegasse is one of the Old Town’s best streets for shopping, full of thriving businesses selling all sorts of fascinating things. If shopping is what you love, you might be interested in visiting the Designer Outlet Salzburg, just ten minutes out of the city by car and right next to Salzburg International Airport. It offers as much as 70% off designer brands.