Beautiful Salzburg, the Baroque Jewel.
The amazing thing about Salzburg is the large variety of things to do both in and around Salzburg. Salzburg is small, but it is one of the most important cities for the Austrian tourism industry. Thousands of visitors worldwide visit the "Small Paradise" of Salzburg throughout the year. It's countryside, with unique natural attractions such as the Hohe Tauern National Park, the beauty of the old town center of Salzburg, and the surrounding communities, all offer an extensively enchanting variety for visitors. In Salzburg, they have proved sucessful in preservation of it's culture and nature
The area around Salzburg offers the chance for unwinding in crystal-clear air, leisurely walks, hikes over broad Alpine meadows, easy climbing tours, the enjoyment of a simpler way of life, being in the great outdoors and breaking out from the daily rut of the city ... and leaving stress far behind, all the way back down in the valley. With all this to offer, it's no wonder why Salzburg is one of Austria's most visited cities. Salzburg was the first of Austria's cities that I visited. It was actually my first city in Europe. I will never forget the experience of standing in the old town center and feeling like this didn't belong. I was so accustomed to believing that a city had to have skyscrapers and lots of modern buildings. Being enveloped in a city with such traditional architecture, culture, and people changed that quickly. The words "Culture Shock" never meant so much in my life. I have to say, Salzburg was the city that opened my mind culturally. I could never repay it for that!
Hire a Bike
Salzburg is quite easily accessible by foot, however racing around trying to fit everything in within a day or two may be a bit much. Hire a bike. The roads are set up for bike riding, and although you would think of Salzburg as being quite hilly it is actually fairly flat (apart from of course the Fortress hill and surrounds). The bike option will give you plenty of leverage when travelling out to the World of Beer, Holbrunn Palace and the Salzburg Zoo. This I would say is the best way to see Salzburg, plus you get a bit of exercise at the same time. Enquire at the tourist office where you can hire bikes from and they should point you in the right direction.
From the Mönschberg...
From the Mönschberg Observation Terrace, you can have an overview of the city... You can walk up the hill all the way to the top, or take the elevator on A-Neumayr-Platz. You have to pay for the elevator ride; you have a choice of paying one-way or round-trip. Buy the one-way then walk your way down.
In the old town (altstadt) during July/ August the Salzburger Festspiele takes place around Residenzplatz. There's a big screen for operas, films and concerts. The tickets go pretty fast so get there in good time, I think you can stand up and watch for free though??
There's loads to do during the summer, the tourist office will have a list of events, etc.
Hallstatt - Heads&bones - well sorted for eternity
The little village of Hallstatt is built on a very small piece of land between the mountains and the lake. Also the church and the small graveyard are built into the mountain, and as space was limited since centuries, graves could be used only for a few years, before the bones were put into the so called 'Beinhaus', after beeing beautifully decorated and inscribed with the names of the dead bodies.
I guess, a visit on a graveyard like this, where you may actually still see your relatives and ancestors has to be something special.
The "Beinhaus" is normally locked and you may just have a look through the fence-door (all my pics were taken that way) - but at certain times you may enter there, paying a small fee