Salzburg Austria is probably best known for music. It is the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and you can find music everywhere from street performers, parks, churches, opera houses, at one of the many festivals held throughout the year or on the Sound of Music tour!
This is a short video of some street performers I ran into within the first few hours of arriving in Salzburg. Looking at YouTube, it seems this quartet has been around awhile!
What I found recently was a city that is also a visual display of its history.
Salzburg is a city of approximately 150,000 people that is divided by the Salzach River and bordered on the other side by a small mountain rising sharply from the city, the Monchberg.
The Altstadt is the core of the city. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997, the Altstadt has an enchanting feel to it with all the alluring old houses, charming platz’s complete with fountains celebrating Salzburg’s heroes, churches, cafes and tempting shops.
This part of Salzburg is a walker’s delight. Car free, it is easy and fun getting lost just by wandering the streets. You will always find yourself in familiar territory very shortly and you never know what discovery you will make at each turn. Hidden alleyways or great local markets are just some of the gems you may run into!
The Salzburg Cathedral is considered to be one of the finest Baroque buildings north of the Alps. There has been a cathedral on this spot since the 8th century. As you walk into the cathedral you will notice 3 dates above the doors notating the date of major renovations to the cathedral. Also as you enter, you will notice 4 statues depicting 2 apostles, St. Peter and St. Paul, and the 2 patron saints of the cathedral, St. Rupert and St. Virgil. Mozart was baptized in this cathedral. He was also the organist and many of his compositions were played for the first time in Salzburg cathedral.
The Residenze and its famous horse fountain were built between 1600 and 1619 and was the home of the prince-archbishops. A tour through the State rooms and Imperial Halls offer views into life at this time – at least if you were a prince bishop that is! Mozart was invited to play for the bishops guests many times in the Residenze.
The Altstadt of Salzburg is a wonderful mélange showcasing the history of this town that was so important to the region in years past. Besides touring the sights make sure to leave time relishing the ambiance at one of the many cafes or brew pubs!
What is your favorite thing to do in Salzburg’s altstadt?