Surrounded by the scenic landscape of the Alpine mountains looming in the backdrop and the rapid-flow of the Salzach River, Salzburg is every bit the picture-perfect postcard city that you can dream of. Capital of the federal state of the same name, the fourth-largest city of Austria is renowned for it's iconic barque architecture and is brimming with histroical structures, thus earning it's famous nickname: The Rome of the North. The metropolis is a thriving hub for tourism for it is the birthplace of musical genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the filming location of the classic movie - Sound of Music.
While visiting Salzburg, one of the top sightseeing points is to visit the residence of the illustrious muscision Mozart. Located at Number 9 Getreidegasse in Salzburg, the house is now a museum that showcases the life of the renowned artist from his childhood and other fascinating mementos such as his violin. The city gives due homage and honor to the musical prodigy in the world-famous Salzburg festival that has been running successfuly since the 1920's.
To soak up the true essence of the city, take a trip to Old Town (Altstadt) and immerse yourself in an entirely new different culture that will take you back in time with it's medieval homes and ancient merchant houses that dates as far back as from the 15th-to-18th centuries, 13th-century Court Pharmacy (Hofapotheke) and 17th-century St. Florian's Fountain. Stroll around to find plenty of wrought-iron shops and inns, old-worldly courtyards and Bierstuben taverns.Located at the center of the Old Town is the Residenzplatz, one of the city's biggest squares. The main attraction of the plaza is the breathtaking marble scupture Residenzbrunnen. History afficanadoes can revisit past by trekking over to the Residenz, once home to the city's imposing Prince Bishops and Hohensalzburg Fortress, known to be the biggest in Europe.
This architecturally-rich city has a plethora of stunning monuments and structures that is sure to leave you gasping in awe. Showcasing early baroque architecture, Salzburg Cathedral is a breathtaking piece of beauty that is primarily famous for Mozart's baptism. Sporting stunning Romanesque interior, St. Perter's Abbey and Monastery is one of the major attractions that tourists throng to. The metropolis possesses a rich artistic legacy that can witnessed in the Salzburg Museum that exhibis the history and culture of the city as well as the Museum of Modern Art Salzburg that showcases beautiful contemporary art.
Fim buffs may be interested in taking the popular Sound of Music tour that takes you around actual filming locations such as Mirabell Gardens and Pegasus Fountain, Leopoldskron Palace, Hellbrunn Palace, Nonnberg Convent, St. Gilgen / Wolfgangsee and Mondsee Church. Known to be major tourist hotspot, visitors flock to the tour to reminess the classic movie once again.
Salzburg has a plethora of chic boutiques and shopping complexes housing global labels that is found in other cosmopolitan hubs as well. A true paradise for shoppers, take a trip to the award-winning Europark Salzburg for it houses as much as 130 stores that is sure to be a good dose for retail-therapy. But the true charm of the city lies in it's small shops and markets found in the narrow passageways and crooked alleys. Take a stroll around Getreidegasse to find several bakers, furriers, liqueur producers, weavers, confectioners, tailors and an array of other craftsmen pack the streets with their traditional wares. The famous 'Green Market' is known to sell fresh local fruit and vegetables as well as meat, poultry, fish and seafood, bread, cheese and pastries.
A trip to the city is not complete without gorging on the their popular mouth-watering desert - Salzburg Nockerl. Prepared from egg yolk, flour, sugar, and vanilla and served with raspberry sauce, this sweet souffle is extremely filling and appetizing. As the metropolis is famous for their beers, be sure to sip into their locally-brewed ones from the several hip clubs and trendy bars that are scattered all over the city.
Salzburg is home to abundant stay options which caters to rich tourists seeking the best luxury hotels as well as to middle-class travellers and backpackers looking out for cheap budget accommodations and apartments.
Salzburg experiences continental climate. The best time to vacation in this city would be during the months of September, October, March or April when the temperatures are comfortable and conducive for a holiday.