Salzburg Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia


The Austrian city of Salzburg is situated
on the northern edge of the Alps, close to the border of Germany. Surrounded by lakes and mountains, and straddling the banks
of the Salzach River, few cities can match
Salzburg’s fairytale setting. Few places can match its musical heritage either. Salzburg is the hometown of one of the giants
of classical music, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Its stately homes, churches and hillsides provided the settings for one of cinema’s
most-adored musicals, The Sound Of Music. And today, its exquisite architecture provides a dramatic backdrop for operatic and classical
performances all year round. Just as a glissando provides the transition between two musical notes, the Salzach River glides
between Salzburg’s two parts, the old medieval and Baroque city on the left bank, and the new 19th century city on the right. For the most commanding views of this compact
city and the nearby Alps, take the funicular up to the battlements of
Hohensalzburg, one of Europe’s best-preserved
medieval fortresses. Despite Napoleon plundering the best furnishings
in 1800, the stately chambers still glitter with
gold leaf and the cold steel of ancient weaponry. While the fortress was built to protect
Salzburg’s ruling prince bishops, the rulers of the principality spent most
of their days down below, in the heart of the old city. For centuries these prince bishops conducted
the affairs of Salzburg from the lavish staterooms of the Residenz. Chandeliers of bohemian glass, venetian mirrors, and lavish ceilings were designed to project power
and prestige to those few deemed worthy of visiting, but today the Residenz is open to all. Take a short walk across the Residenzplaz, to the towering pink-marbled splendor
of Salzburg Cathedral. Rising from the ruins of the original Celtic
and Roman settlements, the cathedral’s dome has dominated the skyline
for over four centuries. It also shelters the very font in which Mozart
was baptized. Directly behind the cathedral, journey through the city’s 1,600 year history
at the Salzburg and Panorama Museums. While many of Salzburg’s antiquities are
kept safely behind glass, it’s in the streets of the old town where
the echoes of the past ring loudest. Wander along narrow Getreidegasse, one of the loveliest shopping streets in the world. Lose yourself in its many laneways and passages where centuries of craft and tradition are
kept alive, and the hands of time seem forever paused. You’ll find Salzburg’s most famous address
at number 9 Getreidegasse. Take the stairs to the third floor, where
on the 27th January, 1756, Mozart was born. The child prodigy spent seventeen years of
his life here, composing and performing on his first violin
from the age of five. Gaze from the window from which his music
spilled into the streets of Salzburg, and in time, around the entire world. Salzburg is a symphony for the taste buds too. Just off the Old Market Square, savor 300 years of coffee-making tradition
at Café Tomaselli, once a favorite haunt of Mozart and his wife,
Constanze. For classical Austrian fare served with a side of Opera, take the short walk to Stiftskeller St. Peter, which has been operating within the walls
and vaults of St. Peter’s Monastery for 1,200 years. According to legend, Columbus is said to have
enjoyed a beer here before sailing to America in 1492. Over the centuries, Salzburg’s monks and hermits
have practiced the art of brewing with religious zeal. At the Müllner Bräu Brewery at Augustiner Abby, rinse out a stone pitcher and enjoy a quarter
gallon of beer poured straight from the wooden barrel. Then, hang out in Austria’s largest beer
garden and enjoy local snacks with beer devotees from all over the world. After you’ve explored the finer points of
Salzburg hospitality, head across the river to enjoy another
of the city’s proudest traditions, puppetry, at the Salzburg Marionette Theater. The theater opened with Mozart’s opera Bastien und Bastienne over one hundred years ago, and today, the company tours internationally, transporting audiences to imaginary realms
far and wide. Salzburg has long been a city
where inspiration knows no bounds, especially when it comes to its palaces. Just a short stroll from the Marionette Theater, the grandeur of Mirabell Palace and Gardens
awaits. Commissioned in 1606 by Prince-Archbishop, Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau
to impress his beloved mistress, the palace was completed
within a staggering six months. The Italian inspired palace, rose gardens
and statue of Pegasus obviously worked their magic, as the pair went on to have 15 children. Years later, the Prince-Archbishop was deposed, spending the rest of his lonely days interned
in the dungeons of Hohensalzburg, overlooking his beloved palace. Wolf Dietrich’s successor,
Mark Sittich von Hohenems, was given more to practical jokes
than matters of the heart. The new Prince-Archbishop created
Hellbrunn Palace on Salzburg’s southern outskirts. This Renaissance-inspired palace was built
over a natural spring, which fed hidden water features designed to
soak his unsuspecting guests. The grounds are dotted with curiosities, grottos
and water-driven automations, as marvelous today as when the trickster prince
led his soaked guests across the grounds 400 years ago. Built as a summer daytime playhouse,
the palace contains not a single bedroom. While Salzburg abounds with fountains, some of the cities most impressive water features
are its surrounding lakes and waterfalls. Stretching east from the city is the
Salzkammergut resort region, home to stunning glacial lakes
and picturesque villages. A twenty-minute drive from Salzburg is
the lakeside town Mondsee. The town’s basilica starred in the wedding
scene in The Sound Of Music, and is one of the most photographed churches
in the world. Just to the south of Lake Mondsee,
are the clear waters of Lake Wolfgang. Stay a few nights in the sleepy village of
Strobl, and let yourself be serenaded by nature’s
ever-shifting rhythms and moods. A two-hour drive southwest from Salzburg, nature’s tempo intensifies, at Krimml Waterfalls. Here, the thundering glacial falls beat in
a continuous crescendo throughout the valley, while its drifting mists create the perfect
wonderland for mosses, ferns and lichens. For a waterfall with a difference visit the
spa town of Bad Gastein, whose falls roar straight through the heart of town, plunging past historic hotels
and into the valley floor below. After losing yourself in the mesmerizing spectacle
of Bad Gastein Falls, turn your attention skyward. From the town, take the cable car over dreamy alpine meadows
to the summit of Stubnerkogel Mountain, and hear the wind singing through the cables
of one of Europe’s highest suspension bridges. The Salzburg region is full of surprises, so before heading back to the city, head underground, into the Hallein Salt Mine. Take the 70-minute tour deep into this
7,000 year old mine, whose rich deposits of white gold once gave Salzburg
a starring role on the worlds trading stage. From its salt mines to its symphonies, from its fountains to its waterfalls, Salzburg plays out like a living opera, filled with drama, comedy, intrigue and passion. And it all awaits, in a setting perfectly
crafted by the human hand, and by the greatest composer of them all, Mother Nature. Salzburg is more than just a city, it is a triumph!

100 Replies to “Salzburg Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia

  1. I'm planning to go to Vienna in November and would like to do a day trip to Salzburg by train. Does anyone know if there are any issues such as snow which may affect this?

  2. Im from Bosnia and Herzegovina but I live in Salzburg.🙈It is the most beautiful city in Europe, including Dubrovnik and Sarajevo.
    Next time you sould go on Geisberg or Mönchsberg(its over an old city/Altstadt) and thats are hills over the Salzburg. View is awesome!

  3. One of my favorite cities/area in the world! If you haven't been you must go, you'll be glad you did. I personally keep going back every opportunity I get. Great job with the video by the way, even though it missed some must see places.

  4. Absolutely A++ Vielen Dank !! Quire a few years ago i spent my middle 2 years of undergrad in Muenchen. I and friends visited Wien, Salzburg, usw. Amazing times and beautiful memories…

  5. What a quality video again Expedia ! I had no idea when I lived in neighbouring country nearly half of my life next to such a beautiful city. Now living half world away but definitely planning to see Salzburg one day ! It's got everything to offer.

  6. Breath taking …..uffff one of the best video excuted by Expedia👌👌👌 Salzburg…..ya I remembered this city name.

  7. I am in Salzburg right now and I must tell you that it's one of the most beautiful cities in Europe that I've been to. Can't wait to be back again 💕

  8. One of the best city i've been 2 so far , and im planning to go back there again , amazing city and people.

  9. Hello Expedia, great well done video! A suggestion: will be helpful to your viewers if you insert the location or venue names onto the videos. Thank you.

  10. I think I'm going to cry for how beautiful this place is. I've always dreamed of going there ever since I first saw The Sound of Music.
    🙁

  11. Found out about Salzburg yesterday and i can't get enough of it. It's my dream to visit there someday. Austria is so mesmerizing. <3 with regards from Nepal

  12. American tourists may think that the majority of tourism is caused by the classic 1966 film The Sound of Music, but it mostly comes from Mozart.

  13. Just came back from Salzburg Festival last weekend. This was my fourth visit to Salzburg. After watching this video, I realized that I still didn't get to experience all the places. Having lived in Europe for 5 years and visited closed to 50 countries, Salzburg is one of my favorite. I wanted to go back again!

  14. been there. love it..you shot well
    . thanks for sharing your footsteps. some sights and palace I a not even aware of. thanks

  15. To call Salzburg beautiful would be an understatement. No wonder the entire city is a protected UNESCO world heritage site. You only live once, but if you live in Salzburg once is enough

  16. The video is gorgeous. Unfortunately this beautiful city of Salzburg, just like many other cities in Europe, is changing drastically with the invasion of people from Eritrea and other places in Africa, Syria, Turkey, Romania, and from many other poorer countries. Europe will never be the same again. A once homogeneous society, which was the backbone of this culture, is now turned into a multicultural mishmash which is politically correct for 'no culture'. The people coming in are often illiterate and not able to do even simple jobs, which is why their own homeland is primitive and not developed.
    It's all part of the Hooton Plan! Look it up if you don't know what it's all about.

  17. This is a very informative film but the accompanying music is way too loud, try and lower the audio level but making sure the commentator can be heard. Otherwise very useful and interesting.

  18. https://www.mozart-dinner-concert-salzburg.com/
    Mozart Dinner Concert – the unique Mozart experience

    By visiting our performance you will be taken back to Mozart’s time. Enjoy an evening likely to have
    taken place in 1790 – in the baroquehall – lit by candles, having a dinner based on historical recipes,
    listening to a concert with musicians in authentic costumes and the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. 

    And this music is most important to us. We celebrate it. Every single evening!

  19. We visited Salzburg two years ago. I've never seen a more beautiful city in my entire life. Want to retire there. It's nothing short of absolutely gorgeous.

  20. Your video made me so proud to be from Salzburg 😭😍 I'm so happy to live there and I never wanna leave this place 🇦🇹❤️

  21. Its great. The only thing the city misses unfortunately are significant Muslims' presence. If only there are significant Muslims than the city is complete.

  22. Besides the magical city of Vienna, Salzburg it is also an impressive site. I'm a young boy with 18 years old and truly appreciate these marvels.

  23. We totally agree, Salzburg is a real treat! We LOVED this small but so magic and inspiring city! We just spent 1 night and a day and 1/2 there, but after check out this video we would love to spend at least an entire week there!

  24. Grate country. Trip to this city made my famillie so happy and intetested in culture, that I was amazed. Thank you for this video. You made grate job.

  25. I lived in Salzburg for two years and when I was there I always was complaining about how I didn't really like it there but now that I've moved I really miss it and my friends. although if your moving from an English native country I wouldn't recommend sending your children (if you have any) to salis because it's not a good school

  26. Very nice video. Very well done. Wow, what a beautiful place. We are going to visit in a couple of months and I can already anticipate my broken heart upon leaving :P. Such is life…

  27. I appreciate being born and to live in Salzburg.
    Sometimes we forget about how beautiful it (the whole country) is here. So it is refreshing when seeing it trough the eyes of a tourist..

  28. Salzburg was my weekend getaway from Munchen(Munich), back in the 1980s and early 1990s. It was just an hour's drive and the only posh city in the whole of Austria. Unlike industrialized Graz and cosmopolitan Vienna, it wasn't crawling with East Europeans dressed in rags and driving their  Trabants, Skodas and Ladas.

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