Cheap flights to Salzburg
The hills are definitely alive with the sound of music around the Austrian city of Salzburg, and a good many other things too. Mozart’s home city and the setting for that wartime musical staring Julie Andrews is a tourist’s paradise with one of the most beautifully preserved old towns in Central Europe. This is as picture postcard-perfect a city as you’ll find, where domes and spires crowd the skyline and cafes are packed with throngs of people enjoying the mountain air.
Named the ‘Rome of the North’, Salzburg is the world capital of Baroque and is as famous for its stunning setting and jaw-dropping architecture as for anything else. Fairytale fortresses, cobblestone lanes, courtyards, fountains and exquisite palaces sit proudly amongst a backdrop of snowcapped Alpine mountains. Walking around this city it’s not hard to see where Mozart got his inspiration. And what’s more, the old town is pedestrianised with most of the main sights within easy reach of one another. Sights that, of course, include plenty of Mozart magic. There is the Mozart Museum and Mozart House if you are interested in the history of Salzburg’s most famous son. But if your musical tastes are a little more on the modern side then you can always hop on one of the many ‘Sound of Music Tours’, which will take you around the main locations of the 1960’s movie.
Although small, Salzburg boasts over 15 different markets around the town. The organic market at the Kajetanerplatz is the fastest growing one, offering unique local produce. It is also a great place for having a quick lunch, check out the Backhändl the delicious traditional roast chicken. Every Friday from 8 am to 1 pm.
The Exhibition Rembrandt. Beneath the Paint presents the scientific results of the project investigating the Rembrandt's famous painting An old Woman at Prayer. The spectators are allowed a unique look not only under the layers of paint but also at the whole creative process revealing also the original, later discarded sketch. Residenzgalerie until 26 June.
The Homo Americanus exhibition presents over one thousand works of the famous Californian artist including drawings, murals, record covers flyers and films. Visually reminiscent of Pop Art yet with a more sinister and ironic content, Pettibon's oeuvre is in many ways one of a kind. From 19 November, Museum der Moderne, Mönchsberg 32, 0662 842220.
Visual humour and social criticism is the title of the exhibition held at Salzburg's museum of modern art. Focusing on the development of satire from William Hogarth and Goya to Grosz in the 1920s, the exhibition's last chapter deals with its contemporary developments. From 30 July until 20 November. http://www.museumdermoderne.at/de/besucherinfo/anreise/
The Hohensalzburg Fortress which triumphantly rises on a hill above the city, is one of the largest and best preserved medieval fortresses in Europe. If you are feeling lazy you can also take the funicular but the best is to get up early and hit the hill on foot you will be rewarded with a scenic landscape.
Enjoy the unique atmosphere inside the St. Peter Abbey by visiting one of the afternoon concerts held during the Christmas period. St. Peter is the oldest monastery in the German speaking areas of Europe.
Put on a good pair of hiking boots and head to the Untersberg mountain. Simply get the cable car at Grödig and enjoy the most amazing view of Salzburg and its surroundings. Apart from skiing and snowboarding you can also book snow shoeing tours which is probably the best way to enjoy the alpine scenery.
One of the great things about Austria in general and the Salzburg region in particular is the magnificent lakes. Grab your swimming trunks and enjoy the clear blue water of the Fuschlsee which is located at only 15 kilometres out of the town.