Salzburg

27 Jun

Today we’ve set the nav man in the car to take us to Salzburg, it’s approximately 150 km east of Munich and 300 km west of Vienna. It’s the fourth largest city in Austria. We’ve done our homework a little better this time with the park and ride, also the chap at the parking station was very helpful with details and directions.

Salzburg’s “Old Town” has internationally renowned baroque architecture and one of the best-preserved city centres north of the Alps. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. The city is noted for its Alpine views which are awesome, once again snow filled mountains. The name Salzburg means “Salt Castle”. It derives its name from the barges’ carrying salt on the Salzach River, which were subject to a toll in the 8th century, as was customary for many communities and cities on European rivers.

Many famous people come from Salzburg some of them being the composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart who was born and raised in Salzburg and worked for the archbishops from 1769 to 1781. His house of birth and residence are tourist attractions. His family is buried in a small church graveyard in the old town, Christian Doppler, an expert on acoustic theory, was born in Salzburg. He is most known for his discovery of the Doppler effect. One everyone would know In the 1960s, the movie The Sound of Music was filmed in Salzburg and the state of Salzburg. The movie was based on the true story of Maria von Trapp, a Salzburg-based nun who took up with an aristocratic family and fled the German Anschluss. Although the film is not particularly popular among Austrians, the town draws many visitors who wish to visit the filming locations. ( not me ).

Up on the hill is a fortress called Hohensalzburg Castle (German: Festung Hohensalzburg, literally “High Salzburg Fortress”) atop the Festungsberg mountain. Erected at the behest of the Prince-Archbishops of Salzburg, today with a length of 250 m (820 ft) and a width of 150 m (490 ft), is one of the largest medieval castles in Europe. Hohensalzburg was refurbished from the late 19th century onwards and became a major tourist attraction, with the Festungsbahn cable car, opened in 1892, leading up from the town to the Hasengrabenbastei. It stands today as one of the best preserved castles in Europe. During the early 20th century it was used as a prison, holding Italian prisoners of war during World War I and Nazi activists (before the Anschluss with Germany) in the 1930s. The view from the top looked pretty good for the few seconds I had my eyes opened, another dumb idea up high. I did manage to take some rather spectacular photos later though.

The old town has many different high end shops varying from shoe shops, clothes and old souvenirs, a nice modern one is the Nescafé shop, lovely espresso had, we even considered buying the machine over there as they were pretty well priced, something else to cart round so it didn’t happen. Salzburg is definitely a place to go back and visit.

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