Imperial charm in Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg, AustriaI adore the postcard-perfect city of Salzburg, in Austria, where I have been numerous times.

But as we were driving back from a summer vacation in Austria and the Czech Republic two summers ago, my husband and I decided to play tour guide to our sons, who had never been to Salzburg before.

Salzburg, AustriaWe only had a few hours, since we were just embarking on the long drive back to Rome, but we were thrilled to stretch our legs and visit this city named as a UNESCO Heritage site in 1997. It is recognized for its wonderfully preserved baroque architecture in its old town.

Not surprisingly  – given its name – Salzburg originally became wealthy thanks to the salt mined in its surrounding region.

Salzburg, AustriaThe barges taking the salt through the Salzach River would have to pay a toll in Salzburg, and the wealth of the town grew rapidly.

The castle that dominates the town was constructed in 1077. We hiked up here and took the our around – although my kids were most certainly “castled” out by that point.

Salzburg, AustriaThe views over the city are wonderful from this vantage point, and shouldn’t be missed when you’re stopping through.

Although, if you experience a hot day like ours, you’ll get a pretty good workout trekking up. Alternatively, a funicular seems to be very popular with the tourist groups.

Salzburg’s most famous son is Amadeus Mozart, and between the statue, the shops with the Mozart candy on display, the names of restaurants and hotels and cafes, you’d be hard-pressed not to realize this on your visit.

Salzburg, AustriaMy children were disappointed not to have time to visit his birthplace, so I owe them that on our next visit.

Mozart was born here in 1756, but as a child prodigy he quickly gained favor with the Court and – after travelling extensively to display his musical talent – transferred to the capital of Vienna in 1767.

And fans of big budget musicals will recognize it as the setting of the film “The Sound of Music”.

Plenty here to amuse all. We were sorry our stop-off was so short, but I definitely look forward to getting back with my kids to Salzburg.

Slazburg, Austria

Luckily, the only Salzburg invasions these days are by tourists and music lovers.

2 Comments

  1. ledrakenoir on July 4, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    Too many only think Salzburg is about music, but the city is so many things. 🙂

    • kimberlysullivan on July 5, 2017 at 8:44 am

      True – one of those picturesque cities that can be so many different things to various people. Although music is still at the heart of it all. : )

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