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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.
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The sociopolitical position of painters in Baroque Europe is the central theme of a fascinating exhibition at the Residenzgallerie. The differences and parallels in painting at the most important cultural centres of the time are explored in the works of Hendrik van Balen, Federico Barocci, Rembrandt, and Peter Paul Rubens among others. Until 21 June (Residenzgallerie, 1 Residenzplatz).
The Salzburg Museum of Modern Art is showing an exhibition dedicated to the prolific career of the Lebanese-American artist Etel Adnan, whose work spans sculptures to tapestry, poems and writings. Until 8 March (Museum der Moderne Rupertinum,? 9 Wiener-Philharmoniker-Gasse, museumdermoderne.at).
For anyone interested in portraits, be it photography or painting, the exhibition of August Sander's and Wilhelm Leibl's work is a must. Sander is a renowned portrait and documentary photographer while Leibl is a famous realist painter, and the comparison of the same genre from different artistic perspectives makes for an interesting show. Until 5 January (Salzburg Museum, 1 Mozartplatz, salzburgmuseum.at).
It is difficult to imagine the summer in Salzburg without the Festspiele, the world-famous Salzburg Festival. The event includes not only concerts and opera but also theatre: The Forbidden Zone, directed by Katie Mitchell is performed in English. From 18 July till 31 August. salzburgerfestspiele.at
Cross the River Salzach and head to the Andräviertel, the beautiful quarter that starts right behind the Mirabell Gardens. With its lovely facades, restaurants and bars, it is ideal for an afternoon walk if you want to escape the tourist masses in the Old Town.
Spring is the right season to visit some of the stunning lakes in the region. Cross the border and visit the famous Chiemsee lake in Bavaria. Don't miss visiting the island of Herrenchiemsee with its wonderful palace built by King Ludwig II. bavaria.by
Escape the city and head to the green oasis that is Kapuzinerberg. The hill is easily reachable from Linzer Gasse and ideal for a bracing walk. Don't miss visiting Franziskischlössl Castle for a coffee on the way back. visit-salzburg.net