From Mozartkugeln, epochal buildings and fairytale flair: Salzburg is a very special part of Austria. So we are not surprised that Lonely Planet has ranked the city on the Salzach as the number one international travel destination to visit in 2020. In our blog post we tell you the most important information to experience an unforgettable stay in the beautiful Alpine town.
What’s the first thing that occurs to you when you hear the word ‘Salzburg’? Mozart, of course! The Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg, and has lent it the nickname “City of Mozart”. Thousands of tourists come to Salzburg every year to visit Mozart’s birthplace at Getreidegasse 9. In the museum that has been set up in the house, visitors can admire the original spaces occupied by Mozart, and gaze at the children’s violin used by the famous musician.
Mozart didn’t just lend the city his name, however, but also the delicious Mozartkugeln. The sweet balls of nougat and marzipan are still produced following the original recipe of their inventor Paul Fürst. It takes 14 work steps and 2 1/2 hours of production time to make every single Mozartkugel!
Mozart’s Birthplace, the Mozart Residence and the Mozarteum Foundation: a huge number of spaces and places in Salzburg are intimately connected with the name of the musician. The best way for you to get an overview of the entire city is to take a walk to Hohensalzburg castle – the enduring symbol of the city. Besides this, a walk alonge the river Salzach is highly recommended to first-time and repeat visitors alike.
Salzburg - a truly romantic experience!
“I wouldn’t miss out on a stroll along the Salzach initially, especially as the banks of the river make a great place to walk hand in hand with your loved one in the early evening – it’s a very romantic experience! Just as on the Milvian Bridge in Florence, it’s not unusual in Salzburg to commit yourself to never-ending love by hanging a love padlock on the city’s Makartsteg Bridge,” Katharina Bierbaumer, who has been living in Salzburg for a year now, tells us.
Salzburg's alleyways whisk you off into centuries past! The old city of Salzburg is enchanting, thanks to its facades, churches and towers dating back to the Baroque era. A walk through the area takes you past the most important and loveliest tourist attractions in the city, including the Residenz , the Glockenspiel, the Cathedral and Mozartplatz.
You’ll find another very special building in the old city: the smallest house in Salzburg. The house, at "Alter Markt", is just 1.42 metres (4 foot 8 inches!) wide. #Make sure to take pictures!
#Salzburg at Christmas time
Tip: Do Salzburg at Christmas time! Salzburg is especially magical and worth experiencing over Christmas:
“A visit to the Christmas market is an obligatory part of communal life here in Salzburg in the winter; mulled wine, pretzels and roasted chestnuts relieve all the stress and troubles of the year. This cozy get-together lets you take a deep breath and focus on the genuinely important things in life,” Katharina explains.
Do you want to travel to Salzburg? From Vienna you can reach the city on the Salzach in less than 3 hours. Simply perfect for a day or weekend trip!