View of Fortress Hohensalzburg from Kapitelplatz in Salzburg ©Tourismus Salzburg. Image: Breitegger Günter
The heart of Salzburg: the Baroque old town
The best way to get to know Salzburg is to take a walk through the old town, half of which (to the left of the river) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In this historical centre, you can encounter numerous architectural masterpieces and landmarks without the need for a tour guide.
The magnificent mountains provide a dramatic backdrop to the city. Perched atop one of them is Fortress Hohensalzburg, built in 1077. Today, this famous landmark is a must-see for every visitor and can be reached either on foot or from the comfort of a cable car.
View of Salzburg’s old town from Mönchsberg, ©Tourismus Salzburg. Image: Breitegger Günter
In the narrow streets of the old town, you’ll also discover many small shops and factories still preserving traditional craftsmanship. Master bakers, furriers, liqueur producers, weavers and tailors still manufacture their products just as they did hundreds of years ago. Alongside these traditional and historical manufacturers, many modern fashion labels, international luxury brands and emerging young designers are also making their mark on the old town.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Salzburg's most famous export
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is inextricably linked with Salzburg, having composed over 350 of his works in his home city. His birthplace at Getreidegasse 9 is one of the most popular photo spots for visitors. The building now plays host to a modern permanent exhibition across three floors documenting the career of one of the world’s most influential and performed composers.
Sweets for your sweets
The perfect souvenir from Salzburg? It has to be Mozartkugeln. These delicate chocolate balls with a marzipan filling are an absolute classic.
Following in the footsteps of ‘The Sound of Music’
Awarded five Oscars, the Hollywood film ‘The Sound of Music’ was filmed in Salzburg in 1965. So it’s no wonder that 300,000 fans of this popular film visit the city each year to see the original filming locations, such as the Mirabell Palace. As some of the locations are outside the city, visitors can also take a ‘Sound of Music’ bus tour. Strangely enough, although ‘The Sound of Music’ was an international hit, very few Austrians have actually seen the film.
HÖGL accompanies you through Salzburg
Stroll through the gardens of Mirabell Palace and experience the bustling streets of the old town in our summery lemon styles. Why not add a matching clutch, too? After all, you need a place to store your digital camera, entrance tickets and, of course, a Mozartkugel or two... ;-)