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Discovering Salzburg

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A view from Salzburg Castle

A view from Salzburg Castle

During our holiday stay in Weyregg at Lake Attersee we had a day trip by bus to that famous city that I had long wanted to visit - Salzburg! Of course, you need several days to see the main sites and to explore the city, but I was happy I had that chance!

A view from Salzburg Castle

A view from Salzburg Castle

Salzburg lies in the center of Austria about 1,400 feet above sea level and has the population of about 150,000 inhabitants. The city is located on both banks of the winding river Salzach at the feet of three wooded hills, among them Moenchsberg (Monks Mount) and Kapuzinerberg. The city is famous for its lovely surroundings and well-preserved medieval architectural legacy. Salzburg is often called Rome of the North for it enchants you with its specious squares, old streets, churches and monasteries, marvelous mansions and palaces, gardens and parks.

Mozart's birth house, Salzburg

Mozart's birth house, Salzburg

Getreide-Gasse is the street we decided to see first. At last, I could see THE HOUSE where the Great Composer was born and lived. It is really a sacred place for lots of people. You can see many visitors there. I found it even hard even to approach the house and to take a picture of it. There were so many people around. I had to wait in turn like at a bus stop. This is the address: Mozarts Geburtshaus, 9 Getreidegasse. It is a typical old Salzburg house, a world famous museum now. Full of different feelings, I saw the house where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in 1756.

A view of Salzburg Castle

A view of Salzburg Castle


A view from Salzburg Castle

A view from Salzburg Castle


We also visited Hohensalzburg - the famous medieval fortress on the hill that kept the city riches during the hard times of invasions in the Middle Ages. The impressive medieval fortress called Hohensalzburg (High Salzburg) has been a symbol and protection of the city for hundreds of years. Hohensalzburg is one of the largest European fortresses built in the 16th century. You can have a wonderful panoramic view of the city from its towers. Here are some contacts for you: Festungsverwaltung, 5020 Salzburg, 0662/84 24 30-11, Fax 0662/82 24 30-20; www.salzburg-burgen.at

Mozart Square in Salzburg

Mozart Square in Salzburg


Visiting Salzburg

Visiting Salzburg

Residenz Salzburg is the present cultural center of the city. It contains a rich collection of paintings and furniture of different styles. You can marvel at wonderful fountains in the courtyard. The square is always full of people and street performers. Like in any big city, there are always street musicians downtown. He was a Chinese actor who put lots of glasses and a sparkling wine bottle on his head playing his flute at the same time.
Visiting Mozartplatz and seeing this wonderful monument to great Mozart is a must in Salzburg. We walked about the square and had a coffee at a coffeehouse here enjoying the views from the second floor of the coffeehouse. One of the truly Austrian habits is to spend some time weekly at the coffeehouse. "It's Austria!", they say. It is really relaxing to sit and drink nice coffee with a piece of cake! Isn't it marvellous!

Mozart Square in Salzburg

Mozart Square in Salzburg

The Natural Museum is an attracting destination and a must for students from all over Upper Austria. The museum has 80 rooms for exploration filled with nature attractions, an aquarium, reptile zoo, exhibitions, cafes on the terraces, etc. We were all surprised to see so many wonderful exhibitions, the reptile zoo, terrace cafes and so on. Everyone was happy and a bit tired after the three-hour excursion about the House of Nature. We managed to see all the halls and exhibitions and were very impressed by their diversity. All the kids liked the games and panoramas of the wild animals and prehistoric models. Everyone was so curious and not tired at all. You could spend the whole day there knowing you can have a bite at the numerous terrace cafes there...

During our visit to Salzburg

During our visit to Salzburg

There is still a lot to see there and I do hope that when I go there next year, I will see some new things as well as revisit those I have already seen!

Posted by Vic_IV 05:19 Archived in Austria Tagged salzburg upper_austria global-2000

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Hi Vic, i"m from VT and TB also,glad to have come across you here on TP, I will be looking at your blogs soon . Alec

by alectrevor

Salzburg has been on my list for ages, and after reading your visit it's still firmly staying there! Though now I have to make time for Lake Attersee too when I some day get to Austria! :)

by hennaonthetrek

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