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.
If you are looking for a fashionable present to take home, visit Gerlinde Schwaiger's atelier: think hand made deer and goat skin hats, bags and scarves are beautifully crafted and come in a variety of colors and styles. Head to GIACO, 4a Siezenheimerstraße, or call (0)69911221008.
As soon as you enter concept store Jetlag you will feel like you have dived into the Mad Men era: unique pieces of 50s and 60s style furniture, accessories and lighting are real jewels and the in store café is a brilliant spot to relax. Herrengasse 28a, tel. 0662-840130.
If you are a fan of Toulouse Lautrec, Alfons Mucha and Gustav Klimt do not miss the exhibition dedicated to affichomanie, the format which emerged in France around 1870 and soon after conquered the world. April to June, Museum der Moderne Rupertinum, tel. 0662 842220.
The Museum der Moderne Salzburg shows a retrospective of the activities of E.A.T. (Experiments in Art and Technology) from 25 July till 1 November. Wonder at the collaboration between scientists and artists seeking to create art together. museumdermoderne.at
Escape from the town and discover the breathtaking slopes of Ski Amade. Located only 45 minutes drive away, it has more than 270 slopes, so pack your snow gear.
Hop on the train and to visit some amazing sights in Bavaria as the border is just a few kilometres away. The Berchtesgadener Land is a Unesco biosphere region and the beautiful Königsee lake is one of the most breathtaking locations in the Alps.
Anyone passionate about baking is bound to love this shop: the possibly cutest cupcakes you have seen taste just as good as they look, including the salty varieties. The shop also offers a range of brilliant baking accessories for those who feel instantly inspired (10 Becher Küchle Bergstraße).
Mönchsberg is a mountain overlooking the city and a marvellous place to relax if you want to escape the city buzz. Just grab a pair of comfy shoes and head to the green oasis, which is only a 20 minute walk from the city centre.