Mozart City Salzburg - Austria

Blick auf Salzburg
City of Salzburg

The city of Salzburg - flanked by unbuilt mountains - is located on both sides of the Salzach River in Austria. Today the city enjoys the atmosphere of the Mozart city, its most famous citizen who was born and raised here. One has the best panorama over the city of Salzburg and Hohensalzburg Castle from the Moenchsberg.

Mozarts Geburtshaus
Birthplace of Mozart

The Getreidegasse - also known as Grain Lane – is the famous shopping street in the historic center. In the Getreidegasse you see a lot of medieval guild signs. The house No 9 was the birthplace of the famous composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.  

On the day of Saint Rupert you find stalls and fairground rides on all places around the Salzburg Cathedral and the Residence Palace. Only the powerful peal of the cathedral bells is able to drown the hustle and bustle. The "Jedermann" is performed every year before the facade of the Salzburg Cathedral, where the horse-drawn carriages are waiting for new customers. Hugo von Hofmannsthal adapted the 15th century English morality play “Everyman” as “Jedermann” in 1912. The Residence Palace next to the Salzburg Cathedral was the former Prince-Archbishop's residence and can be visited. Nestled to the mountain is the St. Peter’s Abbey with the worth seeing cemetery where dignitaries of Salzburg found their final resting place. The Catacombs carved out of the rock presumably date back to the 3rd century.

On the way back we pass the “Felsenreitschule” - Rock Riding School - and the Great Festival Hall of the Salzburg Festival, which used to serve as stables. The display wall of the subsequent horse pond is a creation of Fischer von Erlach, the sculpture with the horse tamer was made Bernhard Michael Mandl and the frescos were created by Franz Anton Ebner. The Palace of Mirabell on the other side of the Salzach River completes our Salzburg tour. In 1997 Salzburg became part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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