Salzburg is the fourth-largest city in Austria and the capital of the federal state of Salzburg. Salzburg's "Old Town" with its world famous baroque architecture is one of the best-preserved city centers in the German-speaking world. The city is noted for its Alpine setting. It is the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the setting for parts of the musical and film The Sound of Music. Salzburg is also a student city, with three universities.
Salzburg is very much alive and buzzing twelve months a year and there's not really a best time to visit. Spring and summer bring a wealth of color to the regions parks and surrounding hills, and this period draws the biggest tourist crowds. The period from the end of November through to Christmas is an increasingly popular period when skiers descend on the entire country and Salzburg too affords little escape from snow lovers passing through.
However, the city is best loved by the musically inclined populations and the world-famous Salzburg Festival, a five-week celebration of opera, orchestral music and theatre that begins in late July, is one that really brings the crowds. If classical music isn’t your fancy, never fear there's a wide range musical events and festivals on offer throughout the year.
Sights to see in Salzburg
The whole Old Town of Salzburg was nominated as a World Heritage Site in 1996.
• The Salzburg Cathedral
• The fortress Hohensalzburg
• The Nonnberg Abbey a Benedictine monastery
• The "Residenz" Palace (the magnificent former Prince-Archbishop's residence)
• Mozart's Birthplace
• Mozart's Residence
Outside the Inner Old Town
• Palace of Mirabell
• The palace of Leopoldskron
• Hellbrunn with its parks and castles
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