Attractions in Salzburg
Salzburg is a city full of attractions. For those who love classical music,
Salzburg can best be described as a giant spinach where it sprinkles cultural
goodies wherever you go.
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In addition to Mozart and fine culture, it is the architectural masterpieces
that characterize Salzburg. Few cities in Austria can offer equally beautiful
churches and palaces, squares and Baroque architecture.
Coming from the station, the first major (literally) attraction will be
Schloss Mirabell. It is located in the new town, but is from 1606. The Schloss
Mirabell was renovated and rebuilt into the palace we see today in the 1720s.
Although many frescoes were destroyed by fire in 1818, it is enough to look at,
both inside and out.
As famous as the palace itself is the castle garden. The garden gnomes (or
gnomes) are both fun and scary and scattered around a separate area in the very
beautiful planted park. There are several different monuments in addition to the
gnomes, not least the Pegasus fountain next to the palace, installed in 1913.
The address is Mirabellplatz 4.
Salzburg is probably best known for being the birthplace of Mozart. So get up
early if you want to avoid queuing at this museum. Here in "Mozart's House" you
will see many funny and thoughtful props and pictures of the world's perhaps
greatest composer of all time.
Mozart's birthplace is in the Old Town, specifically Getreidegasse 9.
Open all days from 0900 to 1730. Opening hours are usually extended by a couple
of hours in high season, ie July and August.
After his childhood in Getreidegasse 9, Mozart moved to Makartplatz 8
in 1773. He lived here until he moved to Vienna. The house is now a Mozart
Museum that shows fragments of Mozart's daily life.
Several times a month, dinner shows and concerts are held in Mozart's
residence. There may be something to bring with you if it suits your time when
you are in Salzburg.
When you leave the station area towards the Old Town, it is often the
Hohensalzburg fortress that attracts attention. The fort or fortification, if
you will, was built as early as 1077. The fort was further enlarged (and
fortified) in the 1400s, and with its 250 meters in length and 150 meters in
width is the largest fully preserved castle fortress in Europe.
As a curiosity, we can mention that Hohensalzburg was a prison for prisoners
of war from Italy during World War I. As a tourist today you are just as happy
to take the cable car up to the fortress. If you want to save money, you use the
The address is Mönchsberg 34, but you can see it from virtually
every team in town. Open from 0930 to 1700 (1800 in high season).
Salzburg Cathedral can be found on the Cathedral Square (or
Domplatz) and is originally a building dating back to 767. Like most
stately European church buildings, the Cathedral of Salzburg has been destroyed
or exposed to accidents and disasters a number of times. And of course rebuilt
just as many times. The cathedral was also hit by bombs during World War II.
Salzburg Cathedral is the place where you will find the baptismal font where
Mozart was baptized. The interior is of course fantastic as it should and should
be. And the cathedral is also included in the original "Sound of Music tour"
held in Salzburg.
St. Peter's Church
The Benedictines had a monastery in Salzburg, founded by St Rupert back in
the year 696. Today you will find a Romanesque architectural church from 1147.
The interior of Stiftskirche St. Peter is Late Baroque.
St Peter's Church St. Peter has a chapel where the remains of Ether Johann
von Staupitz are located. He was a personal friend of Martin Luther.
And there are (of course) Mozart concerts here during the summer festival in
August. The address is Sankt-Peter-Bezirk 1.
Oddly enough, cemeteries can be an attraction. So also with the cemetery of
Stiftskirche St. Peter. This is the oldest cemetery in Salzburg and dates back
to the Benedictine monastery around the year 700.
Mozart's sister (Nannerl) and Johann Michael Haydn are among the celebrities
buried here. And rich people (and celebrities) were buried here as late as 2011.
The cemetery was otherwise the place where the Trapp family in The Sound of
Music hid from the Nazis.
Museum of Modern Art
A break from all that Baroque and romantic music, is a visit to the Museum of
Modern Art. The museum has just as well split into two locations. But the main
building, which partially overlooks the Old Town, offers 3,000 square meters of
exhibition on four floors.
Here you will find works by artists such as Klimt, Manzu, Ernst Ludwig, and
Fritz Wortuba and many more. For Norwegians, many are pleased to see Edvard
Munch, as much as the French enjoy Gauguin and Toulouse-Lautrec.
The address is Mönchsberg 32, and the opening hours are normally
from 1000 to 1800. Attention! Closed Mondays and extended opening hours
Tourist in Salzburg
Let the following be clear. Salzburg is a great city to be a tourist in. Let
it also be clear that if you visit Salzburg in the summer months you must share
the city with endless numbers of other tourists from all over the world.
The old town of Salzburg does not extend over large areas, so that a fairly
diverse person can easily catch all the sights on foot. It also includes walking
tours from the station area of Neustadt to the Old Town and
discovery tours of Park Kapuzinerberg. However, are there problems with
the apostle's horses so white that there are plenty of city buses and that they
have frequent departures.
Day 1 in Salzburg
On the way from the station we first take a tour of the Schloss
Mirabell. It meets you with its wonderful landscaping including the
many garden gardens. It is no wonder that you are now visiting one of the most
important recording sites for the musical "The Sound of Music". The address is
Mirabellplatz and it is only 400 meters from the train station.
After the monuments, flowers and palaces are photographed and admired, we
propose that the trip continues towards the historic center of Altstadt.
It is basically impossible to go wrong, but if you still need a landmark, then
you will see huge Festung Hohensalzburg throne on a ridge
behind the old town, and through this set the direction you should go.
When you reach the Salzach River there are two to three alternative
bridges available. You have the Mozartsteg and Makartsteg walkways,
the latter known for their innumerable love locks, that is, you lock a padlock
with a love statement and throw the key. And you have the big bridge
and the traffic jam Staatsbrücke.
Before taking the bridge to the historic center, take a trip to the house
where Mozart lived as an adult. The address is Makartplatz 8. The house
was called "Dance Master`s house, but is now only called Mozart's Residence.
Here you can buy a ticket that also includes a visit to Mozart's birthplace,
known as the Mozart Museum.
If you take the trip over the Staatsbrücke bridge you will in
principle arrive right at Mozart's birthplace. And this house will visit all
tourists in Salzburg. It is therefore okay to make the visit as early as
possible, before the queues extend far into the street. Mozart's birthplace
opens at 0900 and is easily recognizable on its bright yellow facade. The
address is Getreidegasse 9.
Getreidegasse is a pedestrian street, but equally one of the main streets of
the Old Town. Here it is teeming with shops and cafes. It extends from Town Hall
Square in the east, (Rathausplatz) to the Catholic Church in the west. After a
visit to the Mozart Museum, head west to the outer edge of the Old Town. Be sure
to take a break with some food and drink along the way.
When you are at the end of the Catholic Church, make the return trip by
turning up the Bürgerspitalgasse and walking the Hofstallgasse
or the smaller parallel street passing the Universitätsplatz. These
roads lead you straight to the cathedral, the cable car to Festung
Hohensalzburg, Chapterplatz and a number of other sights. In
this area it is easy to spend hours admiring attractions.
On the way home we go via Residentplatz and the street Goldgasse.
Residentplatz has a huge fountain as the centerpiece and Goldgasse
offers great souvenir shops, antique shops and restaurants.
If you are not too hungry we suggest you go Goldgasse all the way to
Alter Markt. And from there across the river to the venerable Hotel
Sacher. Not only do they serve the world-renowned Sacher cake, which is sure to
satisfy you more than a large portion of dinner, but they have delicious wines
and delicious light meals (and great dishes, of course) at their cafe and
restaurant. Not cheap, but not a deterrent either.