Salzburg is best known as the hometown of Mozart and setting for The Sound of Music. There is much to see in Salzburg, such as the Baroque buildings in the city centre.
The Salzburg Cathedral was originally built in 774 but destroyed by fire in 1598. The current cathedral was built in 1611. What makes this building one of the most famous sights of Salzburg is its impressive interior and Baroque dome. The sound of the cathedral’s bells is considered the most beautiful in all of Austria. And did you know that Mozart was christened in the cathedral and was even the organ player here for several years?
Salzburg is the city of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, whose home is, of course, one of the sights of Salzburg that you really shouldn’t miss. The eye-catching yellow house is located on the busy shopping street Gertreidegasse and currently houses a museum about Mozart that includes instruments and portraits.
The Benedictine monastery – known locally as the Stift Sankt – is the oldest building in Salzburg. This beautiful monastery was founded in 696 by the missionary Rupert van Salzburg and is one of the oldest – if not the oldest – monastery in Austria. It also contains a library, which, too, is the oldest in the country. Make sure to take a look at the monastery cemetery and its beautifully adorned gravestones.
Getting to Festung Hohensalzburg itself is unique in that you can only get there by funicular. That’s because this castle is located on top of Festung Mountain. At 250 metres long and 150 metres wide, Festung Hohensalzburg is one of the largest medieval castles in Europe. As you wander through its impressive rooms, you’ll feel like a medieval royal. A visit to the castle is also a great way to spend the day with kids!
Enjoy beer? Then don’t miss Augustiner Bräu. This brewery is famous because it has been brewing beer since 1621. Since the beer is still brewed in the traditional manner, it has its own unique taste. And the recipe has been kept secret for centuries. It’s definitely worth tasting! There is also a large beer garden at the brewery where you can tap and enjoy your own beer.
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