With its backdrop of mountains, hilltop fortress and cathedral-sized beer homes, Salzburg ranks as one among Europe’s most spectacular locations. It’s additionally obtained plenty of claims to fame – the carol Silent Night time was written by a Salzburg priest and first carried out within the close by village of Oberndorf. It’s additionally residence to the legendary Salzburg Competition, which celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2020. Don’t be stunned if the town seems acquainted, both – key scenes from The Sound of Music have been shot right here. Notable filming areas embody St Peter’s Abbey, cemetery and catacombs, the Mirabell Palace and gardens, the place you possibly can dance across the well-known fountain.

What to do

Discover Salzburg’s musical historical past

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It’s hardly shocking Salzburg is named Austria’s music metropolis. Joseph Mohr, a priest who wrote the lyrics to the carol Silent Night time, was born right here – go to the close by village of Oberndorf to peek contained in the tiny Silent Night time Chapel, a duplicate of the church the place it was first carried out on Christmas Eve 1818. Mohr carried out it with the church’s organist, Franz Gruber, who wrote the music; Mohr’s former residence, a number of metres from the Silent Night time Chapel, is now the Silent Night time Museum. 

Mozart’s birthplace, within the metropolis centre, is simpler to search out – the bottom flooring homes a big Spar grocery store. The constructing has been superbly preserved, with unique picket shutters on the home windows, and the higher flooring home a Mozart museum, the place you’ll discover a priceless vary of memorabilia documenting the composer’s life in Salzburg.

Go to Mozart’s birthplace (Getty)

And, after all, the town famously starred because the backdrop to many essential scenes in The Sound of Music. Comply with in Julie Andrews’ footsteps on one of many metropolis’s many Sound of Music excursions – Fräulein Maria’s Bicycle Excursions permits you to discover filming areas on two wheels (€35 for a 3 and a half hour tour).

Seize a stein

The Augustiner Brau is Austria’s largest beer corridor – there’s seating for greater than 1,100 folks. In hotter climate, nab a seat within the beer backyard, which has room for 1,400. 

Beer has been brewed right here since 1621, and the 5 separate beer halls have ornate fountains, vintage chandeliers and unique picket furnishings. A part of the attraction is the method of getting a beer, which has remained the identical for years: after shopping for a token, seize one of many large earthenware steins, rinse it on the fountain, then head to the row of casks to fill it with the great things. Be sure to convey money as playing cards aren’t accepted. Open weekdays, 3-11pm and weekends, 2.30-11pm.

Discover Sound of Music filming areas, like Mirabell Gardens (Getty Photographs)

Head underground

Salzburg is a metropolis constructed on salt – or white gold, as miners referred to it. One of many oldest mines is the Salzbergwerk Berchtesgaden, a 40-minute drive from the town centre (alternatively, hop on the No 840 bus). 

Join a guided tour to descend 1,400m beneath floor stage, sail throughout a subterranean lake and go to the salt cathedral. You’ll additionally be capable of fly down the metallic slide which employees as soon as used to entry completely different elements of the mine. Open from 9am-5pm from 1 April to 31 October, and from 11am-3pm from 2 November to 31 March.

The place to remain 

The historic Resort Sacher Salzburg is the town’s best resort – a palatial property with gloved doormen, antique-filled bedrooms and a phenomenal 18th-century mosaic within the foyer. Go for a room on the next flooring for views of the outdated city and the Mirabell Gardens, the setting for The Sound of Music’s memorable fountain scene. Doubles from €354, B&B. 

The historic Resort Sacher (Getty)

Town centre Radisson Blu Salzburg, tucked inside a phenomenal constructing relationship again to 1377, is a extra finances pleasant choice, and enjoys a central location a stone’s throw from Salzburg cathedral. Doubles €148, B&B.

In case you’re visiting from April onwards, e-book a keep on the soon-to-open Arte Resort Salzburg, a up to date metropolis centre property with a rooftop bar.

The place to eat 

Cafe Tomaselli has been run for over 150 years by the identical household. Austrian director Max Reinhardt was impressed to create the Salzburg Competition whereas sitting at one among its tables, and as we speak the servers (often known as Kaffeedame, which means espresso waitresses) put on the identical white pinafores. The most well-liked gadgets are the freshly-baked croissants and brioches. Open from 7am-7pm, Monday to Sunday.

July will see the extremely anticipated reopening, following refurbishment, of the five-star Goldener Hirsch resort. Head to its restaurant – named after the resort and housed in a former blacksmiths – for a mix of worldwide and conventional Austrian delicacies. The venue overlooks the gorgeous Competition Corridor, one of many essential venues for the Salzburg Competition, which celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2020.

Sachertorte cake is a Salzburg establishment (Getty)

St Peter Stiftskulinarium, which dates again to AD803, is central Europe’s oldest restaurant. You’ll discover it within the metropolis centre, inside the partitions of St Peter’s Abbey. Head right here for conventional Salzburgerland delicacies, together with cabbage-stuffed quail, wild carp and Tyrolean mountain lamb. End with Salzburger nockerl, a deliciously candy souffle-like dessert sculpted into three tender peaks (it’s a tribute to 3 close by mountains). Open from 11.30am-11pm Monday to Thursday, and from 11.30am-midnight Friday to Sunday.

The place to drink

Though Salzburg is comparatively small, it’s additionally a college metropolis, which suggests there are many bars. Rudolfskai has the trendiest venues, together with the Royal Salzburg cocktail bar, whereas the nook of Anton-Neumayer-Platz and the Gstättengasse is the place you’ll discover the town’s liveliest golf equipment. A few of Salzburg’s oldest beer homes are within the slim streets surrounding Residenzplatz, the primary city sq..

The place to buy 

Getreidegasse is the elegant essential buying road, in addition to one of many metropolis’s oldest. Centuries in the past, when not all of Salzburg’s residents may learn, wrought-iron indicators indicated the character of companies – a leg of lamb for a butcher, for instance. At the moment, tenants should keep the road’s look, which is why the McDonald’s has a phenomenal, curved wrought-iron “M” outdoors. 

Getreidegasse is Salzburg’s essential buying road (Getty)

Getreidegasse has the largest excessive road manufacturers, together with among the metropolis’s oldest retailers, together with Kirchtag, an umbrella retailer which dates again to 1903. The shop’s handmade umbrellas, which might be engraved and personalised to match sure outfits or for particular events, retail for round €250. 

The road’s most vibrant retailer is Staindl’s Handgemachte Delikatessen, the place you’ll find over 120 kinds of marmalade made with all the things from walnuts to papayas. 

Architectural spotlight

The Hohensalzburg Fortress, the biggest fully-preserved fort in central Europe, towers over the outdated city. It dates again to 1077 and includes a cluster of buildings – a few of which have now been was museums, together with, from this summer time, the Altes Zeughaus, which takes a better take a look at the design of the fortress and the cannon used to defend it. Head right here for breathtaking views over the town, and to stroll off these steins of beer – it’s a steep, 20-minute stroll, or you possibly can hop on the funicular (one of many world’s steepest, and Austria’s oldest).

The Hohensalzburg Fortress is a steep climb from the town (Getty)

Nuts and bolts 

What forex do I would like?

Euros.

What language do they communicate?

German.

Ought to I tip?

10 per cent in eating places and for taxis. In bars, spherical as much as the closest euro.

What’s the time distinction?

One hour forward.

What’s the typical flight time from the UK?

Two hours.

Public transport

Salzburg’s dimension means the town is greatest navigated on foot.

Finest view

From the Hohensalzburg Fortress.

Insider tip 

Look out for the town’s so-called stumbling stones – cobblestone-sized brass squares constructed into the town’s streets. The idea was created by German artist Gunter Demnig, who got here up with the concept of utilizing engraved brass squares as a means of remembering victims of the Second World Warfare. There are over 356 in Salzburg, with extra added yearly. These embody the stumbling stone at Max-Ott-Platz, devoted to Andreas Rehrl, who died whereas making an attempt to defuse a bomb in 1944.