Salzburg is the fourth-largest city in Austria and the capital city of the federal state of Salzburg. The city is noted for its Alpine setting
Salzburg's "Old Town" (Altstadt) has internationally renowned baroque architecture and one of the best-preserved city centers north of the Alps. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.
Salzburg was the birthplace of 18th-century composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In the mid-20th century, the city was the setting for parts of the American musical and film "The Sound of Music."
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
When you travel to Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart, you will note that many merchants try to capture the mystic that is Amadeus.
Street entertainers are common in major cities across Europe, and Salzburg is no exception.
Salzburg, Austria is on the banks of the Salzach River, at the northern boundary of the Alps. The Altstadt, or "old town", is dominated by its baroque towers and churches and the massive Hohensalzburg Fortress (or castle) atop the hill.
The Romanesque and Gothic churches, the monasteries and the early houses dominated this Medieval city for centuries, and many still do today. Note the Alps in the background.
From the Hohensalzburg Castle (one of the largest medieval castles in Europe sitting high atop the Festungsberg mountain), this is a partial view of Salzburg looking to the north.
Mozart was born in Salzburg on January 27, 1756 and died in Vienna on December 5, 1791. Both cities were points of departure and the final destination of his travels through Europe. Mozart visited 29 other cities traveling through Austria and on his way to Italy. In Salzburg an orange trail marks the route that tourists should take to find the Mozart highlights.
This is a view of shoppers on Getreidegasse, which is one of the oldest streets in Salzburg; it is a great place to shop and eat and people watch
The largest industrial producer of Mozartkugeln (a chocolate Mozart ball) in Austria is the Mirabell company which is based in Grödig near Salzburg. According to its own figures Mirabell produces over 90 million pieces per year and exports them to more than 30 countries. And trust me when I say that while touring this great city, we ate our share.
OK now, there's so much to do in Salzburg: should I climb up to the castle with Mom and Dad, or should I eat my weight in Mirabell chocolate? I just can't make up my mind. Hmmmmmm....
The Petersfriedhof, or St. Peter's Cemetery, is the oldest Christian graveyard in Salzburg, dating back to 1627. It contains the Mozart family grave site, including the remains of Mozart's father, Leopold. It is also a popular attraction as many visitors come here to see the place where the Von Trapp family hid out in The Sound of Music.
An innovative way to contact a hotel guest at this hotel in Salzburg's Old Town. Visitors simply pull the cord for the appropriate room number and a bell rings in the room.
In the courtyard of a museum here in Salzburg, I noticed this massive statue's face, and to me it almost seemed to disappear against the building itself; am I just seeing things?
In Salzburg "Old Town" there's many places to eat and drink. This quaint little place sits adjacent to Mozart's birthplace, and I must say the food was delicious and the service good.
One of the Medieval towers of Hohensalzburg Castle atop the Festungsberg mountain overlooking Salzburg, Austria
In Salzburg you can easily take a tour that will tell and show you everything you wanted to know about the timeless classic: "The Sound of Music" starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. You will see the sights where filming took place, both in the city of Salzburg and surrounding area, and learn the true story, facts and fiction.
In central Salzburg I spotted these two Old English Sheepdogs, both males. I was drawn to them because I had one once and she was a great and loving animal. Anyway, while standing near the dogs I couldn't help but notice the boy in the background with his hand to his face and he seemed to be saying, "Wow, those are the biggest and hairiest dogs I've ever seen."
Joseph Mohr was an Austrian Roman Catholic priest and composer, who wrote the words to the Christmas carol "Silent Night." This plaque in Salzburg marks the spot where he lived.
Hohensalzburg Castle atop the Festungsberg mountain in Salburg is one of the largest medieval castles in Europe. This is one of the castle windows from the 18th century.
From the elevated height of Hohensalzburg Castle this is a view of the surrounding countryside.
Salzburg, Austria is on the banks of the Salzach River. A handful of bridges connect both sides of the city, and they are widely used by locals and visitors alike.
The famous Mirabell Gardens were opened to the public by Emperor Franz Joseph in 1854. Today they are a horticultural masterpiece and popular backdrop for photographers.
Nuns entering historic St. George's Chapel inside of Hohensalzburg Castle, in Salzburg, Austria.
In the city's Old Town there are many old buildings fronting cobblestone streets; this is one.