An old favorite city of mine has always been Salzburg. It's unmatched Austrian charm
continues to lure me to it. Having been in Salzburg twice, I could not avoid seeing this city a
third time this year. Salzburg, just over the border from Germany, has been called the most
beautiful of all the European cities, and it's certainly the world's finest and foremost festival
town. Ever since Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in a house on Getreidegasse, the city
and its surrounding hills have been alive with "the sound of music," the setting for the play and
movie of that name being in the adjacent mountains.
Throughout the summer high season, the
streets echo with the music of grand operas and symphony concerts at Festival Hall. And every
day there are musical and choir performances, recitals and chamber-music concerts in
Salzburg's cathedral, palaces and castles. Among the city's many attractions following the path
of the river Salzach are Mozart's home, the fortress high above the city, the mediaeval
cathedral, Festival Hall, and the exquisite Mirabell Palace, with its formal gardens. If possible,
every attempt should be made to reserve one of the 56 rooms at the legendary Hotel Goldener
Hirsch, just steps away from Mozart's house and a Salzburger landmark since 1407. During
the Festival, the Goldener Hirsch's restaurant is the favourite meeting place of performers and
|Megan, 18, from Western USA, wrote:
|Hohensalzburg was an amazing trip. The
castle is old and beautiful and the tour is very interesting and
informative. The view over the city is lovely, and so is the city
itself. It embodies all the qualities of a historic European town. It is
charming, and the Mozartballs are worth every shilling!
|Kris Jackson, 19, from Sask, Canada,
| In the summer of 2000 I visited
this castle. One might not think it worth the walk up, but once at
the top, it is the greatest view imaginable. The castle is
interesting to see and to imagine how they could have built something some
extravagant at the time. It is not very busy with other tourists.
|Ashlee, 17, from South Dakota, USA,
|This castle is so beautiful. My
classmates and I took a nice big field trip to Europe in June 2001.
We got to attend a concert in the Prince's Chamber. If you see the
castle picture, the first one or the third one, you'll notice the five
windows lined up in a row. That is the Prince's Chamber where the
concert was held. We took a tram-like car to the top, and the view
is incredible, especially at night! I highly recommending on
attending a concert here. It's beautiful music!
|Betty Nelson, 60, from Southern
| I visit here in 1964 and was very
impressed. We didn't have to walk up to it. We rode a
cale car up the side of it. This is something to brag to the
grandkids about and believe me I do. I loved it!!!
|Richard Smurthwaite, from Utah, wrote:
| Hohensalzburg is worth the visit,
partially due to its age (1077 for the oldest parts). Take the tour
(available in English), because the view from the tower is great for
getting your bearings on the whole city. Don't miss Hohenwerfen, either. Started at the same time. It's just
30-40 km south of Salzburg on the Autobahn. Very impressive setting!
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