Cheap tickets for open-air Salzburg festivals
If you look for a cheap way to visit a performance of the Salzburg festival, try the open-air "Jedermann" on the Domplatz (in German). Jedermann on Domplatz is one of the traditional perfomances during the Salzburg festival. All you need is patience. One hour before the performance will start, non-seat tickets are sold in front of the back entrance (near St. Peter's). Tickets costs 5 EUR. The standing room is left and right from the audience and you will see almost everything of the performance. Schedule and further information on http://www.salzburgfestival.at (also in english)
I did notice in the old town especially that a lot of the beautiful fountains were covered with these glass pyramid Louvre style things!
Its a bit disapointing if you are visiting during winter to see the beautiful fountains...just bear in mind that this is only for the winter and to preserve these wonderful monuments.
Mary being crowned at the Dome
This is going to be hard to explain. Looking directly at the front of the Dome, walk back so you are past the statue of Mary and through the arches across the way. If you back up far enough and then walk slowly forward you'll see that the crown on the cathedral actually slowly places itself on Mary's head when you walk toward the cathedral. This was a little archiectural trick that was done with the statue and the dome. Kinda neat.
A place for romance
Salzburg is definitely a romantic place and it's not only because of the history and architecture. Despite the fact that it is Austria's second city behind Vienna, the population still hovers below 150,000 people and it retains its town atmosphere. The laid back nature of the people and the beauty of the surrounding mountains gives Salzburg a very romantic feel.
Too bad I was with globetrott! ;-) Just kidding, Michael.
The Salzburg Card is probably the best little card you can purchase. It will allow you to access the public transport for free as well as give you plenty of discounts to cultural events and tours. The card also comes with a free guidebook. Available at hotels and tourist centres and is valid for 24, 48 or 72 hours from first use.