Salzburg Vacations

This fourth largest Austrian city’s hills is not short on sweetness, whether it is in the form of a Sacher cake or the songs of the Sound of Music. Viennese pastry shops and the strains of Julie Andrews warbling are two frothy accompaniments to a Salzburg visit. Yet Salzburg’s past is not without conflict, as evidenced by the forceful expulsion of ... Read more
Protestants in the Reformation and its absorption into the Third Reich and thus bombing during WWII. Salzburg is more famous, however, as the cradle of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. It’s fair to say there must be music in the air, as Haydn worked here and the Christmas favorite “Silent Night” was composed here. Today the Salzburg Festival carries on an operatic tradition worthy of “Wolfie,” and the city whose name means Salt Castle is a place of baroque architecture, culture by turns campy and sophisticated, all nestled in a picturesque Alpine setting.
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  • Mirabellgarten
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  • Hohensalzburg Fortress
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  • Getreidegasse
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Singapore, Singapore

Salzburg is just two hours away by train from Munich. It's the birthplace of Mozart and where Sound of Music originate from, but the best about Salzburg is her picturesque view of the Alps from the top which is less than 30 minutes climb.

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Orinda, California

Amazing city. Great for wandering by foot or take a bus and see the salt mines. Of course you can't miss the gardens and Sound of Music tour. Yeah. We stayed at NH hotels but lots of great options. Apple streusel for the sweet tooth can't be beat!!

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Local from Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg is a city you can't help yourself to fall in love with. History meets style. So many things to do! I have the honor to live here for more than 27 years now already and I still can't get enough of this beautiful place

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Atlanta, Georgia, USA

What an amazing place with kind people and beautiful nature. I loved the castles and mountain hiking. One of my favorite places

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Pyeongtaek, South Korea

Salzburg was my absolute favorite place to visit in Europe overall. It's home to one of the largest fortresses/castles in Europe, called the Hohensalzburg Castle which is a mini village in itself. The city loves to advertise to its tourists that its city was the main stage for "The Sound of Music", and has great tours for those interested in seeing all the iconic scenes in the movie itself. Salzburg is also famous for its many markets in both the summer and winter. In the winter they have a fantastic Christmas market and in the summer they have random booths and stalls set up along the Salzach river for festivals during July/August. There's an added bonus to the location: Hitler's Eagle's Nest is only about an hour drive from the city where you can get a spectacular view of Austria and the city of Salzburg. It's an incredibly beautiful place.

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Menlo Park, California, USA

Salzburg has classical music, the Alps, historic architecture, and some fantastic pastries. It also has The Sound of Music. Although locals may not be nearly as familiar with the Julie Andrews flick as English-language speakers are (so no, it’s not a great idea to break out into your best rendition of “Favorite Things” in public and expect others to join in), the local government has capitalized on the movie’s popularity by putting together information about all of the filming locations, so you can visit every last one after fueling up on Kasnocken (cheese dumplings) and Salzburger Nockerl (a meringue-like dessert).

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Menlo Park, California, USA

One of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Nestled amongst the craggy peaks of the Alps, with old stone streets, beautiful cathedrals, a huge castle topping a hill in the center of the city, and the Salzach river cutting through the middle. Beautiful place to spend a few days.

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

It's been many years since I have been there. Mainly I remember visiting Mozart's birth place, I suppose it was the home he lived in as a child. Also, we took a tour of the city and went under the archway used in the filming of the Sound of Music. I suppose that is one of the more popular attractions because I have heard from several other people that that is one of the things they remember from their time in Austria.

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Austin, Texas, USA

I love the musical history that Salzburg has to offer. The town is amazingly beautiful the the hills and the mountains looming in the background. You'll find great breweries, pubs, coffee shops, and restaurants here. The town is charming.

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Madrid, Spain

I absolutely loved the Hohensalzburg Fortress and the view from there of the old town which is so beautiful. I really enjoyed walking through the old town; the Salzburger Dom is impressive and there are a couple of very nice "plazas". I've been in the summer and it happened to be during the Salzburg Festspiele; so lots of classical music everywhere and free concerts. I think 3 or 4 days are enough to see everything. Oh and you should try the "Mozartkugeln", you'll probably like them even if you usually don't like marzipan (like me).

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