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.
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.
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.
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.
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