Salzburg is lovely in summer and winter and is crammed with culture, castles, monuments and history for centuries.
The birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and many other musicians, writers, painters, sculptors and architects have lived here.
Thanks to them, the city is one of Europe’s most important cultural centres.
The Salzburg Festival and Summer Music
The highlight, as far as opera, drama and classical music are concerned the annual “Salzburger Festspiele”.
The first festival took place on the 22nd of August 1920 with the performance of what is to this day the `centre piece`: Hugo von Hoffmannsthals’s play “Jedermann” (Every Man).
It’s the story of a wealthy and selfish man who, during a banquet, is visited by Death, who takes him away.
However, he is allowed to choose a company to accompany him and is subsequently abandoned by everybody, his servants, his lovers and even his money.
The play is performed on the beautiful Domplatz (Cathedral Square).
A stunning setting for the drama, and you can hear a needle drop when Death shouts his `Jedermann’reverberating from the surrounding buildings and the Dom behind.
Many more plays, operas and concerts are being performed during Salzburg’s summer music festival in other venues like the “Felsenreitschule” and “Grosse Schauspielhaus”.
Naturally, tickets are coveted and don’t come cheap, but even if you don’t manage to get the ones you want, that shouldn’t deter you from visiting Salzburg during the Festspiele.
At least you can see and hear Jedermann from afar because it’s an open-air performance.
Since instigation, the Festspiele has become an international event, particularly from the 60s onwards, under world-famous conductor Herbert von Karajan.
A predominantly baroque city
Regarding architecture, Salzburg is a predominantly baroque city with all the luxury the style implies.
It starts with the Dom, which in its present form was inaugurated on 25th September 1628 with an 8-day festival, supposedly one of the biggest the city has ever seen.
Three portals, five bells with individual names and five separate organs are only some of the many fantastic features of the cathedral.
Make your way to the 11th-century “Festung Hohensalzburg”, which towers over the city.
Fantastic views as far as the Alps and over the Old Town as well as sumptuous staterooms and weapons collections.
If you are inclined, you can make the ascent on foot from the wonderful baroque landscaped Mirabell Park, but only if you are into hiking.
Luckily there is a cable car that takes you to the top without effort.
The luxury and famous Hotel Sacher
Want to rub shoulders with celebrities, actors and anyone else who is (or thinks he is) famous?
Then sit on the terrace of Hotel Sacher overlooking the river Salzach.
Or enjoy one of Salzburg´s best specialities.
A slice of Sacher Torte and a cup of coffee is a science in Salzburg.
Wall of Fames
Inside you can look at the Wall of Fame.
Autographed photographs of kings, queens, heads of state, artists and journalists who have stayed in Hotel Sacher.
Then cross one of the bridges and explore the many cobble-stoned streets and alleys of the Old Town, look at the fabulous pieces of jewellery in the Goldgasse, the flower arrangements in the Blumengasse,
Mozart´s birth house is also a museum in the Gerbergasse, or visit the farmer´s market next to the Domplatz.
Salzburg is a beautiful city in Austria. A bit cosier than Vienna, easy to reach, and easy to get around.
Never a dull moment here, even if the best festival tickets might already be gone.