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Getreidegasse is THE street in Salzburg. It is where absolutely every tourist goes, so it is very busy, very expensive and very crowded. It certainly is beautiful with all the signboards, but still I personally would not bother to spend too much time here, but rather explore the many smaller alleys and the beautiful squares of Salzburg!
The houses are rather plain and narrow, but put together, they look quite pleasant and the whole alley has a quaint and old fashioned look to it. Until 1862, there was an ingenious system to keep Getreidegasse clean: Once a week, water from a canal was led through it to wash all the dirt and rubbish away. This is why the people of Salzburg were spared from most of the epidemics that plagued Europe over the centuries.
You find mainly shops and restaurants here, most of the shops are rather luxurious and expensive. I would also refrain from buying souvenirs here because this is where they are most expensive.
The main, albeit narrow shopping street in old Salzburg is The Getreidegasse. Squeeze your way through the crowds, whilst enjoying shopping for all those Mozart souvenirs and chocolates. Take time to admire the ornate wrought iron signs and carved window fames of the houses here - many of which are several storeys high. Notice the crowds around house number 9 here - Mozart's house of course!
Of course there is also a McDonalds beef burger joint - their normal "golden arches" caused an uproarr with the local residents who boycotted the place for 3 weeks. People power won the day and they had to replace with a wrought iron version as befitting with the rest of the street. This is only one of 4 locations where they have a different logo sign - the others being in Vienna, Sedona in USA and on the Champs Elysee in Paris.
The narrow house lining this street are shops and I've noticed mostly are designers shops of famous international brands like Louis Vuitton, Boss, Polo, UCB, etc.... It's the city's most famous shopping street, with the signs made up of wrought irons - even the McDonalds sign is the yellow M (arch) wrapped in elaborate iron design (see the first pic on your right).
The street has many branches of smaller streets that leads to a courtyard of restaurants, shopping passages and covered galleries. I walked along this street that ends up to a church called Pfarramt St. Blassius or sumthin'. Turn left and I ended up in the University Square.
House no. 9 at Getregasee is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's birth house.
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Getreidegasse is probably the most important shopping street in the city.
This narrow street is famous for the many gilt and wrought-iron signs identifying the guilds of craftsmen who once lived here.
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Getreidegasse - Highlights and Lowlights
The best part of the Old Salzburg shopping and dining is to be, based on our experience, in the cute little alleys and arcades off the main streets. Some are covered and arched, others open to the sky and widening into irregularly shaped courtyards. Nice, cobbled, great little stores selling antiques, stationery, leather goods, perfume, and of course advanced designer clothing not peddled by the international chains. There is the occasional hotel such as the famous Elefant and most importantly great little cafes and charming restaurants. It would be in these venues that my beloved Proserpina bought sweaters unlike anything ever proffered here in the states, and for well under $100US. These draw favorable comments wherever they appear in public. For the best of shopping, seek out these little side streets running between Getreidegasse and both the river and the inner city.
One would think that a main avenue for many centuries would offer famous buildings, but such is not the case. At the center, where the street changes name to Judengasse lies the city hall, or Altes Rathaus. Nothing to write home about ( and difficult to photograph) , the building dates to 1407, the marble portal with a statue of the goddess of Justice to 1616, but with most of the exterior done in the 18th C including the clock tower.
The other noteworthy building is the house where Mozart was born, easily found because of its bright yellow facade and the large groups of bus tourists gathered in front awaiting entrance. Most guide books find the Mozart Museum in the New City just across the river on Marktplatz to be a superior effort but the bus tours obviously favor this one because they are already there. We didn't even try and get in.
Getreidegasse - Turn Your Eyes Upward
Getreidegasse was home to the wealthiest citizens of Salzburg - top level craftsmen, rich merchants, brewers, and professionals. Their elegant life style is carried on by the exquisite wrought iron signage over each store, delicately crafted with gold overlay. Many, like the apothecary shop ( image 1), display the ancient signs of the appropriate guild or the product for sale ( image 3). The McDonald's sign ( image 5 ) does not however display a greasy Big Mac and is surprisingly restrained. Checking these signs is an important activity for the visitor - some are quite striking. An incomplete selection is provided.
The main commercial street of Salzburg's old city is a narrow pedestrianized walkway lined by multistory Baroque buildings with ground level haute shopping venues including international favorites including Vuitton, Hermes, and many others. Including the stores in side arcades and alleys, there are said to be nearly 800 in total. It was the first through street in the medieval city, then named after the sound of horses trotting along. Gradually the name has been changed to the current over centuries of use. It has grown gradually in a northward direction as the former central business area near the current Mozartplatz became overcrowded. The facades are narrow, but gardens and storage areas behind the buildings were gradually incorporated creating long skinny buildings and increasing both living space upstairs and sales space downstairs. As the buildings have expanded, alleyways and covered arcades remained passing between them now all commercialized as well. Ground leel spaces are all commercial but the upper floors are still residential in nature. By local ordinance, neon or other outlandish signs are prohibited, maintaining an aura of elegance infrequently seen in touristic centers. Even the out-of-place McDonald's has eschewed the golden arches and bright red seen elsewhere for a subdued exterior.
During daylight hours, the Getreidegasse is absolutely mobbed with people, including hordes of bus tours. After dark, with the stores closed up, quiet prevails and the true beauty of this elegant shopping street can be far better appreciated ( image 3) .
In the context of the Salzburg tourist explosion, this pedestrian lane is ground zero. The architecture and people are lots of fun to look at as you stroll down the lane. Be aware that most of the shops are extremely pricey, so it's probably best to stay away from them if you're on a budget. But if you look closely, you'll find a few food stands and budget eateries along the street. One particular McRestaurant will come as something of a surprise. Then again, maybe not.
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Probably one of the most crowded streets I have seen in a long time. This is also a very expensive street indeed, with all the designer shops trying to make a living. However it is still a lovely place to wander and browse .
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The Getreidegasse is one of the most charming shopping districts in all of Europe. High narrow houses tucked together with elaborate wrought iron and guilded signs are picturesque, and as they appeared in the 17th and 18th centuries. Narrow passageways and colorful courtyards with arcades and flower baskets add to the ambiance and we find many elegant shops selling jewelry, leather goods, perfumes, food, and fashions along the district.
Street of many signs
Salzburg’s most famous shopping street winds it way through the old town. The shops have beautiful, decorative signs which are most attractive – and the shopping itself is good too !
Look out for the elaborate Macdonalds Sign !
The charming sign of an Easter Bunny brings me to my next tip.
A pretty street in the old town centre
This picturesque street boasts distinctive wrought-iron signs that hang over the doors of the many shops and buotiques. Neon advertising and garish signs are prohibited along the street. Even the McDonalds sign along the street is made of wrought iron!!! ;-)
There are many small passages and courtyards adjoining the main the main drag. The picturesque arcades are often decorated with flowers. They lead to small courtyards that are home to various shops, cafés and covered shopping arcades. There is a wide range of shops along Getreidegasse that sell, for instance, jewellery, clothes, drinks and food, hats, toys, perfume, leather goods, lingerie and shoes. There are also a quite a lot of souvenir shops, if I remember right.
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Getreidegasse is the main shopping street and through-fare of the old town part of Salzburg. There are many interesting small art and craft shops as well as the usual national and international chains.
This entire street is a mix of both history and shopping rolled ino one. Some of the most historic buildings Salzburg has to offer are located on this street as well as some of the finest shopping. This is a great place to pick up gifts for friends and family back home, especially considering that most trips to Salzburg will bring you to this area anyways. Keep your eyes peeled for Mozarts birthplace because you my end up walking right by if your not careful.
Definitely this is one of the frequently visited streets in Salzburg. Closely together in the longest merchants street are located many, many shops, and galleries and eating-places. What I liked here very much, were the metal signs, almost near every shop here, even McDonald, Salamander had them. So enjoy shopping and smell of history together!
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