As I mentioned last week in my 30 Days and Counting post, I will be visiting Salzburg Austria late August. In preparation for my visit I have been digging into all the things there are to do in Salzburg and found some pretty amazing things that are actually FREE!
Here are 6 things I plan on doing in Salzburg that are Free:
- Siemens Festival Nights
During August Salzburg celebrates its art and musical culture with the world by hosting the Salzburg Summer Festival. In an effort to make this accessible to more people, Siemens Austria presents the highlights from past and current festivals on big screens in the Kapitelplatz. Concerts begin at 6 pm and the Operas begin at 8 pm.
- Explore the Altstadt
This Medieval and Baroque treasure has been declared a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. At the center of the Altstadt is the Cathedral which is surrounded by 3 beautiful squares – Domplatz, Kapitelplatz and Residensplatz. The skyline is dotted with spires and domes from all the churches and the narrow lanes are full of fountains, arches and impressive buildings.
- Hike up Monchsberg
A hike up the Monchsberg is a great way to escape the crowds below. Once at the top there are wooded paths that allow for spectacular views of Salzburg and the surroundings below. One path leads to the Nonnberg Convent which is famous for being Maria von Trapp’s home for a bit! Or you might need a refreshment at the Stadt Alm (not free though). If you prefer, you could take the elevator up (for a small fee) and walk down.
- Schloss Mirabell & Gardens
The gardens were designed in 1730 and have been open to the public since 1850. Sound of Music fans will recognize the gardens as the site where Do Re Mi was sung! Fans will enjoy the arbor and statues but the gardens offer great views of the city including the cathedral and castle. The Schloss is only open to musical events but if you’re lucky you may run into a band playing a free concert in the park.
- Red Bull Hangar- 7
Even if you are not a plane, race car, motorcycle or helicopter fan, this museum looks way to cool to pass up! Designed in a very unique architectural style, the designers wanted to create a place where art, planes and technology could reside together and it seems they have succeeded. There are bars, restaurants and cafes to add to your enjoyment.
- St. Peters Cemetery & Church
Salzburg’s oldest Christian cemetery dates back to 1627 and butts up against Monchberg’s rock wall. Surrounded on 3 sides by wrought iron, this is the cemetery of Salzburg’s oldest families. Buried here are Mozart’s sister, Haydn’s brother (most of him anyway) and other dignitaries. St. Peters cemetery was also used as inspiration for the cemetery the von Trapp’s hid out in. Don’t miss the St. Peters Church once you have finished at the cemetery. This is the church that premiered Mozart’s Mass in C Minor. Although originally designed in the Romanesque style, you will enjoy feasting your eyes on the beautiful Baroque and Rococo additions.
What to do with all the money I saved by visiting these free sights?
Yup you guessed it, enjoy reminiscing about my day over a nice beer!
I think Augustiner Bräustübl will do quite nicely. The Augustiner Bräustübl is a do-it-yourself kind of establishment that has been around since 1890. There is a process to follow if you don’t want to look like a tourist – egads! Pay for your beer, pick up a stein, wash it and proceed to the beer line where your beer will be poured straight from the barrel. Join other Austrians by taking any open seat in the beer garden. That is, after asking “Ist frei?”, of course.