The stunningly beautiful city of Salzburg is a great place to simply wander and soak up the atmosphere. Enchanting attractions await around virtually every corner, and visitors will be able to spend several days taking tours around impressive palaces, cool cathedrals and interesting and informative museums. Salzburg is also the birthplace of Mozart, and music lovers will want to follow the Mozart trail around the city to discover the places that had an impact on the life and art of the great composer.
Often credited as one of the most significant cultural monuments in the whole of Austria, Schönbrunn Palace is just waiting to be explored. The palace is so important to the city of Salzburg that it was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites back in 1996 and visitors will enjoy getting lost and found again in the large maze that twists and turns its way through the surrounding garden. While it is possible to explore the palace alone, those who want to get the most out of the experience may want to book a tour of Schönbrunn Palace as well as some of the city’s other popular attractions through their Salzburg hotel.
Famed as the largest fully preserved fortress in the whole of central Europe, the Hohensalzburg Fortress plays host to artists from all over the world when the International Summer Academy is held each year. However, most people visit Hohensalzburg Fortress in order to take in the stunning views of the city and surrounding area that it provides, while the fort’s museum is also worth checking out.
No trip to Salzburg would be complete without taking the time to check out the enchanting Schloss Mirabell, which can be found in the Mirabellgarten. Aside from playing starring role in The Sound of Music, Schloss Mirabell is also famous for its Dwarf Garden, while contains and colourful collection of dwarf statues, while the adjoining Garden of Roses is also a pretty place to wander on a sunny day.
Visitors to Salzburg have the change to visit the house where Mozart spend the first 17 years of his life, and this is a real; treat for fans, while even those who have only a passing interest in classic music are sure to be delighted by the excellent exhibits that can be found here. Among the many artefacts that are kept in Mozart’s Birthplace are the composer’s childhood violin as well as his revered concert violin.
Natural History Museum (Haus der Natur)
Located on Museumsplatz 5, the Natural History Museum is known locally as the Haus de Natur and features a large aquarium as well as a multitude of exhibits that relate the life and times of the people of Salzburg.
Taking just 14 years to complete in the first half of the 17th century, Salzburg Cathedral is perhaps most famous for its eerie crypt. Constructed between 1957 and 1959 to serve as a burial vault for the Archbishops of Salzburg, the crypt features a number of different chambers and the central chamber, which serves as a chapel, features an altar set onto a fragment of wall that hails from the Carolingian cathedral.
St. Peter’s Abbey
Also known as St Peter’s Church, this religious structure is intricately decorated with statues and carvings. One of the most striking features here is the statue of archangel Michael, who is depicted thrusting a crucifix into the throat of a goat-like demon.