Last Updated on December 20, 2022
From its Sound of Music aura and wealth of beautiful architecture, to its wonderful coffee houses and restaurants, Salzburg remains an incredible city. But too often it’s overlooked by travelers in their rush to Munich and Vienna.
Salzburg is a storybook city complete with domes and spires set below an imposing fortress. It’s all surrounded by a backdrop of mountains, a scene you never tire of. There’s also enough art, wonderful Baroque and modern architecture, great food and superb festivals to make your head spin. Everywhere you look the city oozes charm and beauty.
In Salzburg, Head First for Altstadt
If you visit head first for Altstadt, Salzburg’s Old Town and historic center, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here is where horses still clip-clop through the streets, pulling their carriages to Residenz Platz. The Platz is the most famous plaza in the city.
Venture beyond Getrapidegasse and you’ll be well rewarded since many of the alleyways that surround Mozart’s birthplace once housed craftsmen and artisans who in the 13th century worked there in the open courtyards. Delve into its maze of streets and you’ll find these courtyards now brim with little cafés and shops.
Ask for directions to the nearby ornate Café Mozart and relax over a morning cup of coffee. Or go to Schatz-Konditorei, the oldest pastry shop in the city (also not far away) and linger over decadent pastry.
If you can only spend a short time in Salzburg, here are some of the things you may want to see.
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