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    • Salzburg: The City of Music

      A city of music and culture, but also of quiet moments in nature. This summer, it's your turn to decide which Salzburg you want to discover.

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    The birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the setting of The Sound of Music, home of the world-famous Salzburg Festival of classical music – wherever you look, Salzburg is infused with music and history. The city sure is good at making a grand entrance: Its splendid baroque architecture, designed by the greatest architects of their day at the behest of Salzburg’s prince-archbishops, has earned it the nickname “Rome of the North”.

    And yet, Salzburg is just as adept at the small moments. Wandering the cobblestone streets in the city centre, strolling through the perfectly manicured Mirabell Gardens, or seeing the Salzach river wind its way through the city from one of the surrounding mountains – Salzburg’s unique mix of old culture and fresh nature gives you space to truly enjoy.

    A Brit in Salzburg

    We sent our friend Julie from A Lady in London to explore Salzburg. See what she got up to – and find your own 3-day itinerary below.

    3 Summer Days in Salzburg

    A visit to Salzburg is what you make of it. Our itinerary is here to provide inspiration for your perfect trip. Tip: Get the Salzburg Card to make the most of your stay!

    Day 1

    Start your visit by taking in all of Salzburg from above, from one of the surrounding mountains. A short (but steep) walk takes you from the city centre to the Hohensalzburg Fortress on Festungsberg, high above the rooftops. Alternatively, climb Mönchsberg and treat yourself to a scrumptious breakfast at the famous m32 restaurant as a reward. It is located in the same building as the Museum of Modern Art, another worthy Salzburg spot to visit.

    Continue by strolling through the UNESCO World Heritage Old Town and exploring some of the many churches that are true architectural marvels. Walk through Getreidegasse, a quaint, cobble-stoned shopping street that is reminiscent of centuries past, towards its highlight: Mozart’s birthplace at no. 9.

    Kapitelplatz, Salzburg

    Day 2

    Pay a visit to Hellbrunn Castle and stroll through its gardens, taking a trip back in time. Planned as an “oasis of pleasure and distraction“, Hellbrunn features a myriad of trick fountains, astonishing visitors with effects such as water-spewing stags or a crown dancing atop a spout of water.

    Discover Salzburg’s modern side by exploring sculptures and art in public spaces, or visit the city’s unique aviation museum Hangar 7, located right by the airport and a stunning architectural sight to behold.

    Have dinner at FUXN for traditional fare with a modern twist.

    Hellbrunn palace

    Day 3

    Among many other things, Salzburg is a city of breweries. Established in 1492, Stiegl Brewery offers tours as well as a cosy pub to sample their product. Or visit Augustiner Brewery and sip your brew from a real-life stone pitcher.

    If you’re looking for family-friendly entertainment, consider Salzburg Marionette Theatre, where Mozart’s “Magic Flute” is performed regularly by puppets.

    Have dinner at Zum Fidelen Affen (The Jolly Monkey Tavern), a cosy eatery dating back to the 17th century serving up local Austrian fare.

    Stieglkeller in Salzburg

    3 Reasons to Visit Salzburg in 2020

    1. Classical Music & Jazz Hotspot

    Say what you will, Salzburg is and always will be Europe’s capital when it comes to classical music. More than 250,000 visitors attend the world-famous Salzburg Festival each year to enjoy opera, theatre and musical performances. 2020 marks a very special year, as the Salzburg Festival celebrates its centennial with a unique itinerary and a temporary exhibition at the Salzburg Museum. Further highlights include Mozart Week, the Salzburg Easter Festival and Jazz and the City.

    2. Explore The Sound of Music’s Filming Locations

    The Sound of Music, arguably the most famous film featuring Salzburg, and the real history behind it have left their mark on the city. You can visit a dedicated museum, take guided The Sound of Music Tours, or explore the filming locations for yourself.

    3. Unusual Local Shopping

    Whilst Salzburg’s shopping streets boast all the usual international brands, they are also a treasure trove of small, traditional shops, such as Knopferlmayer (a button shop), Holzermayr Confectionary or NAGY (a gingerbread and candle maker).

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