Local traditions and culture in Salzburg

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    Mozart's birthplace
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    Salzburg Card

    by iaint Written Apr 23, 2012

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    You can buy a daily pass from tourist information centres which will give free access to those sites which participate in the scheme. It's about €20 per day.

    The castle (including the funicular), Mozart's home & birthplace, the Residenz and its Gallery all participate.

    With a 2 day card we did make a saving.

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    The Fortress events

    by viddra Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    There are numerous special events at the Fortress all year round, such as St George's Horse-riding Parade (Cavalcade), Medieval Festivals, guided tours at night or Concerts during a candlelight dinner. There's also the Children's Summer Programme.

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    Flying falcons at Burg Werfen

    by globetrott Written Jul 10, 2010

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    In the "Falkenhof" of Burg Werfen there will be daily performances of falcons flying in just a small distance from the audience, that is a really great experience !
    Normally I never cared about such performances, BUT this time I had payed for it in my ticket already and it started exactely when the guided castle-tour was over, so I had a look and it was one of the best shows I ever saw : a lady and a man took position at different places of the large falconry-court, one of them had the falcon, eagle and other birds sitting on the arm and after a signal they were flying to the arm of the other person and landed there again, passing by the people in the audience without even noticing them, although the distance was less than 1 meter in many cases. It is a pity that my digital camera is very slow and takes a picture about 3-4 seconds after I press the button, so all I could do is press the button as often as possible and hope for some good snapshorts.
    Some of them are quite good, some could have been better, next time I will be there with a more modern camera...
    The Falconry-performances are in the "Falkenhof", step down the stairs at the restaurant, pass by the Casemattes, get out into the next court and walk down the steep path to the right !

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    Falconry at Burg Werfen

    by globetrott Updated Jul 10, 2010

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    Falconry at Burg Werfen
    In Werfen, just about 20 minutes to drive to from Salzburg you will be able to watch falcons in the summertime ! Take a look over the fence and watch the ladies talking to the falcons and taking care of their falcons. These great birds seem to have the need to get attention like small kids and this is maybe the reason, why they will be able to do such a perfect falcon-show. For the birds it is like playing and fooling around and they will not at all care about the lots of people around of them. these birds will fly from the hand of one their masters to the other one, passing by the audiance in a distance of maybe half a meter, you may take pics from a short distance, that is really great !
    The cap that some of them are carrying is part of the training : When they get the cap, they know that free flying , hunting and / or a good meal is not far away, it helps them to concentrate on the show. Each bird has its own cap, measured exactely according to its head.

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    Credit Suisse Art Project

    by nicolaitan Written Jan 10, 2010

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    Scattered throughout Salzburg are large outdoor modern art objects placed one per year since 2003 and sponsored by Credit Suisse and the City of Salzburg Art Foundation. Each year a renowned artist is selected to create a masterpiece, however incongrous to its proposed setting. Others included on this page are at the Residenz for which no information could be obtained and at the Kapitalplatz, a piece named Spaera. This bronze abomination is named Caldera and was created by Anthony Cragg in 2008. The location is Makartplatz in a small park opposite the Mozart Museum. The location was selected specifically to "juxtapose the practical and functional design of the historic site with purpose free pure art". As with the other two above, it fits about as well as a porcupine in an avocado.

    From available literature, we learn that the sculpture "confronts" the traffic laden busy square with "intellectual rigour, openness of thought, an orginal language of form with sophisticated materiality". The British born resident of Germany since 1970 describes " projections and recesses which collide like tectonic plates " with human outlines that appear and vanish depending on projection.

    My first thought was of Bob Marley kissing a gigantic Mozartkugel.

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    Stolpersteine ( Stumbling Blocks )

    by nicolaitan Updated Jan 10, 2010

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    In 1993, German artist Gunter Demnig, a performance artist from Cologne, conceived of a memorial to individual victims of the Holocaust of all religions and political temperament. As of July 2009 over 20000 have been placed in Germany, Austria, and now apparently Hungary as well. Four inch squares of cement are covered with a brass sheet giving the name, date of birth, religion where indicated, concentration camp, and date of death. The millions killed numb the senses, but individualizing the tragedy to individual victims brings home the horror of that period in history. The blocks were first placed in Cologne, but Berlin and Hamburg have the largest number.

    Placed in the sidewalks outside the homes of the former occupants, the stones are flush but cause the mind to stumble in memory. Blocks have been placed most frequently for Jews, but others memorialized include the physically and mentally challenged, Gypsy peoples, German resistance members, and Jehovah's Witnesses. The cost of approximately 100Eu is borne by contributions.

    There are but three stumbling blocks in Salzburg. These two are located in the old city and as indicate the victims were Jehovah's Witnesses.

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    Play Chess?

    by german_eagle Written Apr 20, 2008

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    Have a short break from sightseeing and watch the chess players next to the cathedral! Or play yourself! This chess board is to find on Kapitelplatz square. I didn't watch for long (had to see some more churches, lol).

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    A city of art

    by german_eagle Written Apr 20, 2008

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    This picture should be proof enough for the fact that Salzburg is a good location for modern art as well as traditional sorts of art.

    It's a figure standing on a golden globe. I didn't really get the meaning and I wasn't the only one judging from the comment of bystanders. Quite an interesting contrast to the old buildings around this work of art. It's to find just south of the cathedral. Don't know if for long, though :-)

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    Flea Market

    by german_eagle Written Apr 20, 2008

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    Every Saturday (I guess) there is a quite large flea market held in the courtyard of the former Burgher hospital. The beautiful arcaded courtyard is a sight itself (impressive setting at the foot of Mönchsberg next to the Pferdeschwemme).

    Don't expect to find really cheap items. It's fancy stuff, old, mostly well preserved and quite expensive. However, I liked rummaging through the boxes with the antique things even if I didn't buy anything.

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    Statues Wrapped For Winter

    by AnnS Written Dec 11, 2006

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    There are many beautiful statues and fountains in Salzburg and before I could photograph them all, workmen started wrapping them up for winter, presumably to protect them from the snow and ice. Some of the larger ones were being completely encased in wooden panels, some in perspex pyramids and others were just covered with plastic 'hoods'.

    So be warned! If you want to see them, go before November 6th.

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    The beauty and the biest

    by globetrott Written Nov 6, 2006

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    Take a look over the fence and watch the ladies talking to the falcons and taking care of their falcons. These great birds seem to have the need to get attention like small kids and this is maybe the reason, why they will be able to do such a perfect falcon-show. For the birds it is like playing and fooling around and they will not at all care about the lots of people around of them. these birds will fly from the hand of one their masters to the other one, passing by the audiance in a distance of maybe half a meter, you may take pics from a short distance, that is really great !
    The cap that some of them are carrying is part of the training : When they get the cap, they know that free flying , hunting and / or a good meal is not far away, it helps them to concentrate on the show. Each bird has its own cap, measured exactely according to its head.

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    Weather

    by keeweechic Updated Sep 4, 2006

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    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.

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    Salzburg Card

    by keeweechic Updated Sep 4, 2006

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    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.

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    Cafes

    by acemj Updated Dec 12, 2004

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    The Sacher, the Glockenspiel and the Tomaselli are some of the more famous cafes of Salzburg. Vienna isn't the only Austrian city known for elegant cafes, rich coffee and sinful desserts. Be sure to spend at least a few relaxing moments in one of these spots while you're in Salzburg.

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    A place for romance

    by acemj Updated Dec 12, 2004

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    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.

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