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What to see by foot: Salzburg
Most of Salzburg's historical sights and noteworthy buildings can be explored
on foot. In fact, the city is a pleasure to stroll around, with every new street
seeming to offer eye-catching sights.
The entire Baroque old town is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It's a maze of
open plazas, historical buildings, lovely fountains and hectic markets. The
Domplatz and adjoining Kapitelplatz and Residenzplatz are the most popular.
Nearby, the 1,200-year-old Stiftskirch St Peter is rather ostentatious with
its palatial interior. The lively Getreidegasse exhibits the veneration of Mozart,
manifested by a plethora of souvenir shops.
The 11th century Festung Hohensalzburg presides over the town from a commanding
vantage point. It's one of Europe's largest castles and from its ramparts you
can enjoy fine views of the Alps as well as panoramas of the town. The prestigious
staterooms are worth a visit, and there are also several museums within the
Mozart-Wohnhaus is a museum housed in the modest Mozart home, where a collection
of his masterpieces were composed between 1773 and 1780. Damaged in WWII air
raids, the house was reopened in 1996. A museum here documents the history of
the house and the life and work of Mozart.
You can also visit Mozart Geburtshaus (birthplace) where the composer lived
until he was 17. There are three floors of exhibition rooms, and the main treasures
include the violin Mozart used as a child as well as his concert violin. Mozart
aficionados will want to stop by the International Mozarteum Foundation's Mozart
Audio and Film Museum.
Also not to be missed is the Mozarteum, which is the centre of the International
Mozarteum Foundation. Inside, the Bibliotheca Mozartiana houses approximately
12,000 titles devoted to Mozart. In the garden stands the Magic Flute House
where Mozart composed The Magic Flute in 1791. The Salzburg Festival is a world-renowned
annual event that attracts Mozart fans from around the globe.
The Haus Der Natur (Museum of Natural History) is also worth a visit. Including
a large aquarium and reptile house, it can be a break from the genius of Mozart.
The palace of Schloss Mirabell should definitely be on your itinerary. Located
in the Mirabellgarten, it's been steadily embellished since the early 1600s
and was recently refurbished for the filming of the musical epic, The Sound
of Music. It's a remarkable place, but unfortunately only the extensive gardens
are open to the public.
Selection of hotels in this region:
Crowne Plaza Salzburg
ATEL Hotel Lasserhof
Hotel Altstadt Radisson SAS
Austrotel Hotel Salzburg
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