Where to go
Hohensalzburg Fortress sits atop the Festungsberg, a small hill in the Austrian city of Salzburg. Erected at the behest of the Prince-Archbishops of Salzburg with a length of 250 m and a width of 150 m, it is one of the largest medieval castles in Europe.
The biggest fully preserved castle in Central Europe, this emblem of Salzburg draws millions of tourists to our “City of Mozart” every year. https://www.salzburg.info/en/sights/top10/hohensalzburg-fortress
Mirabell Palace was built in 1606 by prince-archbishop Wolf Dietrich for his beloved Salome Alt. Today, it serves as the backdrop for the most romantic weddings you could possibly imagine
Mirabell Palace is a historic building in the city of Salzburg, Austria. The palace with its gardens is a listed cultural heritage monument and part of the Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg UNESCO World Heritage Site https://www.salzburg.info/en/sights/top10
Altstadt (Old Town)
The Old Town of Salzburg (also called Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg or simply Altstadt) is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. It comprises of a Medieval and Baroque ensemble of buildings that is unique in the world and draws millions of visitors every year. https://www.salzburg.info/en/sights/top10
One certain house in the Getreidegasse always draws particular attention: No. 9, the house in which Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born. Salzburg’s most famous son came into this world on 27 January 1756. His family actually lived here for 26 years, from 1747 on, occupying an apartment on the third floor. With parents Leopold and Anna Maria as well as sister “Nannerl”, Mozart spend his childhood and much of his youth there. In 1773, the family moved to the house we know today as the “Mozart Residence”, on the Makartplatz Square.
The famous composer’s birthplace continues to be a magnet for Mozart fans and history buffs from around the world. It was actually the International Mozarteum Foundation which first opened a museum in the house back in 1880. Constantly developed and expanded, this year-round museum is an absolute must for every Salzburg visitor. https://www.salzburg.info/en/sights/top10
At the very heart of Salzburg’s Old Town (Altstadt) on the left bank of the Salzach is the Residenzplatz, one of the city’s largest squares and the best place from which to begin exploring the many tourist attractions this beautiful city has to offer.
The focal point of the Residenzplatz is the stunning Residenzbrunnen, a masterpiece of marble made by an Italian sculptor in 1661 and the largest and finest Baroque fountain this side of the Alps. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Residenzplatz
St Peter’s Church
One of Salzburg’s oldest and most attractive churches, St. Peter’s Church (Stiftskirche St. Peter) was completed in 1143, altered in 1625, and decorated in Rococo style between 1757 and 1783 when its distinctive helm tower was added.
Inside the porch under the tower is the Romanesque west doorway dating from 1240, while in the interior, the plan of the Romanesque basilica can still be detected, along with monuments including the rock-hewn tomb of St. Rupert with an epitaph from 1444. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Peter%27s_Abbey,_Salzburg
Markus Sittikus, Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg, commissioned this pleasure palace in 1613 as a place to relax and entertain. Never intended as a residence, the palace is nonetheless quite grand, and a tour gives you an inside look into the world of these immensely wealthy and powerful rulers of both church and state. https://www.salzburg.info/en/sights/top10/hellbrunn-palace-trick-fountains
What to eat
A wiener-schnitzel is the epitome of Austrian cuisine. It’s a big, battered, flattened, breaded and fried slab of tender veal. It’s actually not served with noodles, so I’m sorry if we (or the Von Trapp family) misled you – it’s usually served very simply with a lemon wedge and parsley potatoes. Compared to some other cuisines it even looks a little plain, but wait til you have a bite in your mouth before making any judgements.
Strudel can pretty much be described as a hug on a plate. A cream/custard/ice cream smothered hug, which of course are the best kinds. You can have all kinds of strudel – a strudel is a filled layered pastry, so you can have cherry strudels, nut strudels, plum strudels… but if you’re in Austria, I say be a purist about it and have apple or cheese.
This was actually invented in Vienna in 1832, by a 16 year old trainee chef called Franz Sacher, but Salzburg is a great place to eat it too. Sachertorte is a dense, rich chocolate sponge cake with a thin layer of sweet apricot jam in the middle and another on top of the sponge. All this sweet loveliness is blanketed underneath a thick layer of dark chocolate icing.
This sweet, dumplingy, meringue-y creation is nothing less than glorious. And it’s huge. And if you’re lucky, it’s served on a bed of raspberry sauce. I also ate this at the Elefant hotel’s restaurant – it is called S’nockerl after all, and if you name your restaurant after an item on your menu, you better have absolutely nailed that item.
Or as they are called in Austrian, ‘Mozartkugeln’ (but it’s much more fun to say you’re going to eat Mozart balls). Salzburg’s signature sweets are made up of gorgeous layers of flavoured filling; pistachio marzipan in the middle, surrounded by nougat, and a smooth round shell of quality chocolate on the outside.
If you are walking about in Salzburg, and you haven’t eaten in about six hours, one of these will definitely sort you out. Half of one, actually, and they’re only €3.50. These soft breads can definitely cheer your cold mornings in the winter. The Austrians make it in different forms in accordance with varied tastes