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Salzburg, Austria.

The home of Mozart.

View from fortress. - Salzburg

View from fortress. - Salzburg

Salzburg.

First Visit.

I first visited Salzburg on a school trip when I was sixteen years old. The trip was to Salzburg and Venice and was organized by the school choir. Our music teacher lined us up and made us sing in Salzburg Cathedral and in Saint Mark's Cathedral, Venice to test their acoustics. A special experience (especially since I cannot actually sing).

View toards Nonnberg Convent. - Salzburg

View toards Nonnberg Convent. - Salzburg

Other Visits.

I've been back many times. In my younger, poorer days I had the misfortune to visit during the festival twice and ended up sleeping on a train station bench both times as there is no cheap accommodation in Salzburg during festival times. Although most of Salzburg is clean and beautiful, the station still had the biggest rat I have ever seen in my life!!!

This visit.

This trip we slept in a hotel bed. Luxury! We just stayed one night so had two part days. Enough time. Salzburg is beautiful but is certainly not my favourite part of Austria. The fortress is picturesque, the Salzach River is lovely, we enjoyed the Mirabell Gardens, the old town and the Kapuzinerberg.

This is the hotel we stayed in on our last trip. "Short Stay"Star Inn Hotel Salzburg Zentrum.

We stayed in the Star Inn for one night. It took us a while to find the hotel, but the location was good for sightseeing. It was very close to the start of the walk up the Kapuzineberg. It was very close to the Mirabell Gardens and close to the river to cross into the old town. There was a newly opened Billa Box at the end of our street. We each bought a filled roll and a drink for 1Euro 50 cents for breakfast rather than eating in the hotel. Check in was quick, friendly, efficient. We were issued with a city map. The hotel lift was not working when we arrived and we had to carry our luggage upstairs ourselves. The room was spacious and very clean. There was a good choice of TV channels. The free wifi advertised did not work in our room - ­room 209. My husband complained, but the manager was totally unhelpful and just kept saying it did work. My husband ended up both sitting in the lobby and standing in the corridor to access the internet. Not ideal. The hotel was quiet and we slept well. There were plenty of restaurants nearby. The room had no tea/coffee or in room safe. We stayed here in July 2012. Address: Hildmannplatz 5, Salzburg, Salzburg, 5020, Austria.

Kapuzinerberg.

We climbed up Kupuzinerberg for the views over Salzburg, but it is also a lovely place for a walk in its own right. You can either go up by climbing the steep stairs on Steingasse and passing St John's Church or by going up through the doorway at Linzer Gasse 14. This route passes 6 stations of the cross and goes to the Felix Gate. As we climbed up just before leaving for Vienna we did not have time to go all the way to the Franziskischlossl - ­a little castle which is now a restaurant. Next time.

View towards the fortress. - Salzburg

View towards the fortress. - Salzburg

The climb up the Kapuzineberg. - Salzburg

The climb up the Kapuzineberg. - Salzburg

View from Kapuzineberg. - Salzburg

View from Kapuzineberg. - Salzburg

Mirabell Gardens.

These lovely gardens were designed by Fischer von Erlach. There are great views towards the fortress from here. The gardens contain many beautiful flowers, statues, the Pegasus Fountain which featured in The Sound of Music. There is also an interesting dwarf garden and a hedge maze.

Mirabell Gardens. - Salzburg

Mirabell Gardens. - Salzburg

Dwarf Garden. - Salzburg

Dwarf Garden. - Salzburg

The Mirabell Gardens. - Salzburg

The Mirabell Gardens. - Salzburg

The Mirabell Gardens. - Salzburg

The Mirabell Gardens. - Salzburg

The Pegasus Fountain. - Salzburg

The Pegasus Fountain. - Salzburg

Mozart's Geburtshaus. Mozart's Birthplace

Mozart was born here on the 27th of January 1756. He lived here till he was seven. It is now a museum. I visited it when I came on the school trip. I have not re-visited since so scarcely remember it.

Mozart's birthplace. - Salzburg

Mozart's birthplace. - Salzburg

Getreidgasse.

This street contains Mozart's birthplace, lots of expensive shops and lots of beautiful old signposts. It is jam packed with tourists.

lots of shop signs. - Salzburg

lots of shop signs. - Salzburg

Fiaker. - Salzburg

Fiaker. - Salzburg

The Horse Wash: Pferdeschwemme.

There is a lovely horse washing place with a horse statue and beautiful horse paintings on Sigmundsplatz.

The horsewash. - Salzburg

The horsewash. - Salzburg

Horse paintings. - Salzburg

Horse paintings. - Salzburg

Horse wash. - Salzburg

Horse wash. - Salzburg

HohenSalzburg Fortress.

This building dominates the centre of Salzburg. You can walk here or take the funicular. I have been inside years ago but this time just climbed up to it for the views. There are great views over the city and river from here.

HohenSalzburg Fortress. - Salzburg

HohenSalzburg Fortress. - Salzburg

View from fortress. - Salzburg

View from fortress. - Salzburg

Posted by irenevt 03:24 Archived in Austria

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We made it to the castle but missed the Mirabell Gardens. We did go through Mozart's house. We're musicians so we really had to do that. My favorite part of Salzburg was the pretzel stand at the foot of the castle. I love pretzels.

by Beausoleil

Hi Sally, The gardens are worth a look if you get another chance.

by irenevt

I remember my short visit to Salzburg as well... Too many tourists, especially in Getreide Gasse at Mozart's birthplace...

by Vic_IV

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