Everything going on in Salzburg
Anything you want to know about Salzburg (town and state) you can find on this webpage: www.salzburg.at (online from October 20th, 2003)
Recreation: culture, nature, sports
Life: health, living, work, society, politics ...
Location: economy, research, future ...
Transportation: bus, railway, airport, bike paths, timetables
Tourism: town, countryside incl. close-by Bavaria (Germany)
PLUS: maps, emergency tipps, search function
HANDICAP: German only
Take a walk...
I love walking around new cities and getting lost. Well, not literally lost, but lost in the city's beauty, its culture. Salzburg is no different. I walked through the city and its streets on both a rainy day and another filled with sunshine. Okay, so the photos look better when it's a sunny day, but I'm the kind of girl who likes walking in the rain (preferably rugged up warmly and with an umbrella :) ).
Salzburg is a small enough city that you can see a lot of the major sites by foot. My hostel was just to the east of Hohensalzburg Fortress and from there I would walk through the Altstadt, across the Salzach River, through Mirabell gardens and its nearby streets. I especially enjoyed walking along the Salzach River, people riding their bikes, other people taking cruises along the river. Plus the view of Aldstadt and Hohensalzburg is impressive. Also looking back across the river to Kapuzinerberg (mountain opposite Altstadt), a beautiful dark green mountain with a few coloured houses on it (some of them look like brightly coloured miniature castles).
I definitely recommend seeing this city by foot, or if you are feeling slightly more energetic, then hire yourself a bike :).
.... experience Mozart! This...
.... experience Mozart! This is the city of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and over two hundred years later the presence of Mozart is still everywhere! You can visit his birthplace or another house where he lived. You can visit the Mozartplatz (below) and have your picture taken by his statue, like Kelly and Charley did. You can even eat his candy-- Mozartkluegen! Best of all-- you can listen to his music. There are many classical concerts every week in Salzburg-- most of them in beautiful settings. On Christmas night we attended a concert at (where else?) the Mozarteum, which included a piece by Mozart. The next night we went to the Marionettentheater-- for Mozart's 'The Magic Flute'. The better hotels can help with arrangements for the concerts.
Dogs in Public Places
Coming from a part of the world that just doesn't really cater to our canine friends, I am so pleasantly surprised and fascinated by the fact that dogs in Austria are so welcome in many public places like cafes, boutiques, public transport and areas.
In my country just recently, responding to a member of the public who recommended that dogs be allowed on our subway, the governing body said no, because people will be afraid of them, allergic to them, blah blah blah.....even a suggestion that a carriage be put aside for people with dogs was turned down because it was not "economically viable".
We have a long way to go.....
Spring and Summer are probably the best time to visit unless of course you are going for winter sports. Bring an umbrella though as what is known as 'string rain,' or Salzburger Schnürlregen can happen anytime.