Last winter I spent a few days visiting the city of Salzburg in Austria.
The city famous for Mozart and The Sound of Music!
We visited in mid November just before the city got really busy with the Christmas markets and before the first heavy snow, although it was still freezing it was that lovely fresh Alpine freezing which you don’t mind. I love taking in an old city in that kind of weather!
We stayed in a lovely apartment on the 4th floor of a historic 13th century merchants building which faced onto Salzburg’s old market square.
Check out the door of the building!
It was lovely although a little creepy with all these stairs and crucifix’s !
Here are some of the sites we visited while in Salzburg
It is one of the largest medieval castles in Europe. Construction of the fortress began in 1077 and was gradually expanded during the following centuries. During its long history the Hohensalzburg Fortress has always remained unconquered by enemy troops. It is one of the best preserved castles in Europe. The Festungsbahn funicular railway opened in 1892 providing public access under the north side of the castle walls and this is still how you reach the top today!
The view of the city from the top of the Fortress
You will find lots of modern art and sculptures as you walk around Salzburg
These are two of my favourites
“Sphaera” by Stephan Balkenhol
“Pieta” (Coat of Peace) by Anna Chromy
Here are a few of the many locations in the city of Salzburg, where the film ‘The Sound of Music’ was shot
Mirabell Palace and Gardens
(Where Maria and the children sing ‘Do-Re-Mi’)
St. Peter’s Cemetery
(It was here that the dramatic flight scenes were filmed)
St. Peter’s Cemetery is one of the oldest and most beautiful cemeteries in the world.
The Catacombs, hewn out of the Mönchsberg rock, are one of the special attractions in St. Peter’s Cemetery
You can visit the family home of Salzburg’s most famous son Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The prolific musician and composer was born at “Hagenauer House” at Getreidegasse 9. It is now a museum and cultural venue.
Me with Mozart!
Salzburg’s Cathedral is beautiful and it’s worth sitting down in the pews to reflect and have a good look around this wonderful church. The ceiling frescoes and enormous pipe organ are very impressive.
On one of the main shopping streets all the shops had these wonderful decorative signs
Around every corner there was something interesting to see
You could even take a horse drawn buggy ride!
The most fantastic thing about Salzburg is the Christmas shops!!
There are also some lovely shops selling wood carvings and the famous Austrian Cuckoo Clocks!
This middle Advent Calendar was huge!! Priced just over €50 probably the biggest and most expensive I have ever seen thats for sure!
Where is your favourite city break??