Anyone who has ever immersed themselves in the magic of the world-famous City of Mozart can never escape it again. The harmonious interplay of landscape and architecture, art and culture, as well as traditional and modern mix themselves creating a unique experience!
NOT TO BE MISSED
In the year 1077, archbishop Gebhard had the fortress built with the purpose to protect the principality and the archbishops from hostile attacks. After extensive work in the Hoher Stock portion of the fortress, a multimedia Magical Theater and modern media installations offer eye-opening experiences. And yet another highlight: Every Sunday at 11:45 a.m., musicians perform up in the aptly named “Trumpeter Tower”: Baroque fanfares resound all the way down to the Old City far below.
The Getreidegasse with its unmistakable charm is an irresistible destination for countless visitors from around the world. Aside from an array of international fashion chains, the Getreidegasse also charms passers-by with its traditional inns and unique businesses steeped in history. The architecture of the houses in the Getreidegasse is characterized by beautiful doorways, as well as by windows that become steadily smaller from the first floor up. Yet another magnet for visitors is Mozart’s Birthplace, at No. 9 Getreidegasse, where Salzburg’s immortal wunderkind was born back in 1756.
The famous composer’s birthplace continues to be a magnet for Mozart fans and history buffs from around the world. The museum invites you to take a tour lasting about an hour through original rooms. Original certificates, letters and memorabilia document Mozart’s life in Salzburg. A collection of portraits, mostly done during Mozart’s lifetime, allows you to basically stand face-to-face with this musical genius. A particular joy for Mozart fans: the historical instruments, including Mozart’s own violin and clavichord.
Mirabell Palace was built in 1606 by prince-archbishop Wolf Dietrich for his beloved Salome Alt. Mirabell is a woman’s name from Italy, a compilation of two words: “mirabile” (admirable) and “bella” (beautiful). The Marble Hall, the former banquet hall of the prince-archbishops, is generally regarded as one of the “most beautiful wedding halls in the world”. Nowadays, it regularly hosts weddings, conferences and awards ceremonies. The Marble Hall also provides an atmospheric venue for the SchlossKonzerteMirabell concerts.
Mirabell Gardens were completely redesigned under archbishop Johann Ernst von Thun in 1690. The underlying geometric form, which is typical for the Baroque, is still clearly recognizable. Many statues and elements in the Garden deserve to be seen: the Pegasus Fountain featuring a sculpture of the horse, Pegasus, a work by Kaspar Gras installed in 1913; the Grand Fountain (the fountain pool) with four groups of figures by Ottavio Mosto that symbolize the 4 elements fire, air, earth and water; the Hedge Theater, one of the oldest hedge theaters north of the Alps; the Dwarf Garden, originated during the rule of archbishop Franz Anton Fürst Harrach, that originally consisted of 28 dwarves made from white Untersberger marble and is the oldest of its kind in Europe; the Rose Garden with its ornamental rose beds; the Orangery, that functions today as a palm house.
Markus Sittikus, prince-archbishop of Salzburg at that time, planned an oasis of pleasure and distraction, that sprang up in record-setting time, between 1612 and 1615. The idyllic location in the south of Salzburg was ideal in many regards: Hellbrunn Mountain is a naturally abundant source of water, which inevitably became a central design feature of the palace grounds. The centerpiece is provided by Mannerist trick fountains that are absolutely unique.
A special tip for romantics: guided evening tours in July and August treat you to a magical mix of water, light and music you can’t miss!
Haus der Natur
The Haus der Natur in Salzburg is one of the biggest magnets for the general public in the city. Roaming through the museum, visitors discover the most fascinating aspects of Mother Nature. Physics and technology to touch and “grasp” in the Science Center. Here, visitors – big and small – can experiment to their hearts’ content. As you take the journey in the permanent interactive exhibition “The Human Body” you will gain a whole new perspective and appreciation for how the body functions. Avid fans of the underwater world love nothing more than to gaze into the aquarium: the colorful coral reefs and fascinating underwater landscapes invite you to look and dream.
The architectural complex we know today as the DomQuartier comprises the Cathedral and the Residenz – once the center of the prince-archbishops’ power – along with Benedictine St. Peter’s Abbey. With a single entrance ticket, visitors have the opportunity to marvel at five different Salzburg museums. The historical rooms of the DomQuartier also house various collections focused especially on the Baroque history of the city. The starting point for your tour of the DomQuartier are the baroque state rooms of the Alte Residenz. Strolling through the Residenz Gallery, you will pass through the Cathedral Museum and then into the museum of St. Peter’s. The Salzburg Museum’s Rossacher Collection of Baroque art in the northern oratories serves as the final stop on the tour.
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