Sunday, May 30, 2021

The fairytale Salzburg and its most important sights


The city of Mozart and the salt, with its well-preserved baroque old quarter and easy access to the Alps, is one of the most important Austrian tourist destinations, full of history, beautiful places and finesse.


In the west of the country and at an altitude of 425 m, Salzburg is the fairytale town of Austria. Next to the Salzach River, your gaze will be etched on the mosaic of Altstadt, the old town with its cute domes and bell towers, the impressive hilltop castle and the snow-capped mountains.


The fact that the great composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born here is also of great commercial and tourist importance for the city. The city has a rich commercial market aimed at every budget. In most of the shops on the main street Greidegasse, but also in the surrounding streets, you will find from luxury jewellery, clothes and handmade shoes to cheap tourist souvenirs and decorations.


As tempting as it may seem to spend endless hours in its picturesque old town, Salzburg has a lot more to offer to those who have decided to explore every part of it. It is a city with a fantastic art scene, with great food, manicured parks and concert halls that support the city's musical tradition 365 days a year. Let's see some of its most important sights:


Old Town (Altstadt) and Residenzplatz

The impressively preserved old town of Salzburg lies on the left bank of the river and offers walks in the narrow streets, between the picturesque buildings and the cosy corners where you can enjoy a hot chocolate or a coffee while enjoying the sights.

In the heart of the historic city centre, right next to the Cathedral and very close to Mozart Square, you will find the Residenzplatz, with the fountain built by the famous artist Tomasso di Garona between 1656 and 1661.


Hohensalzburg Castle

Hohensalzburg Castle is located on top of the small Festungsberg mountain, offering stunning views of the Alps, the river and the whole city. It was built in 1077 by order of the Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg and is one of the largest medieval castles in Europe and one of the best-preserved. The castle was renovated in the late 19th century and became a major tourist attraction with the Festungsbahn cable car, which opened in 1892 and leads from the old town to Hasengrabenbastei.


Mozart houses-museums

The International Mozarteum Foundation first established a museum in Mozart's hometown on June 15, 1880, which was systematically renovated and expanded and has now become a cultural site that attracts thousands of visitors worldwide. Guests can browse Mozart's rooms and see historical musical instruments, documents, memorabilia and most of his lifelong portraits, including the unfinished oil painting "Mozart on Piano" by his brother-in-law, Joseph Lange, in 1789.


The Cathedral

Salzburg Cathedral is perhaps an essential part of the city's ecclesiastical architecture and its religious centre. With a magnificent façade and a beautiful dome, it is the most impressive, early Baroque building north of the Alps. It was founded by St. Rupert in 774, on the ruins of a Roman city and rebuilt in 1181 after a destructive fire. There you will also see the baptistery where the composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was baptized.


The ski resorts near Salzburg

The city of Salzburg serves as a "gateway" to the Austrian Alps that dominate the surrounding area. The most famous ski resorts are there, such as Kitzbühel, Obertauern and Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn. Apart from these options, however, dozens of other smaller ski resorts are more aimed at off-piste skiers. There's no need to talk about the fantastic skiing you can enjoy in the wider Austrian Alps. All you have to do is organize your family on a trip to the snowy Alps that will surely fill you with smiles. The rest of your trip details can be entrusted to the service of the company Erna Low, which will undertake the design and selection of the most economical package for your accommodation in one of the dozens of resorts in Salzburg.


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