Discover the magnificent old city of Salzburg
Discover the magnificent old city of Salzburg or experience some moments of finest culture, in the footsteps of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
The city of Salzburg - and especially its historic city center – is in fact one of the loveliest places in Europe. The Old City is picturesquely surrounded by the Mönchsberg, crowned by the Fortress Hohensalzburg which is visible for miles, and the mighty Capuchin Mountain on the right banks of the river. A mountain walk is very worthwhile since it affords one of the loveliest panoramic “postcard views” of the city.
The Old City with its variety of building styles is a true architectural delight. A walk through the countless narrow streets (the most famous being the Getreidegasse, Judengasse, Goldgasse, Kaigasse, Linzergasse and Steingasse) features buildings from the Middle Ages, Romanesque, Baroque and Renaissance periods as well as the elegant classical burghers’ houses dating from the monarchy. Hardly any age failed to leave its architectural imprint on Salzburg.
Since much of the Old City is a pedestrian zone and relatively small, it is ideal for walking and window shopping – it only takes about 20 minutes to walk from Nonntal (the southern end) to Mülln (the northern end). The city’s most famous squares include Residence Square with its splendid fountain, the neighbouring Old Market, University Square, as well as Mozart Square with the memorial of the city’s genius loci.
There is no lack of imposing buildings, the most striking of which include the Cathedral, Hohensalzburg Fortress, the Residenz, St. Peter’s Monastery with its impressive cemetery, the Franciscan Church and Collegiate Church as well as the Large and Small Festival Halls and the Summer Riding School in the Festival District. On the right banks of the Salzach one should not miss Mirabell Palace with the romantic Mirabell Gardens (one of the city’s most popular snapshot scenes). Just outside the city gates there's Hellbrunn Palace with its trick fountains and the zoo.
You might also be impressed by the very popular HANGAR-7, an aircraft and modern art museum, in which you will also find a restaurant and a coffee bar.
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