Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Salzburg, let me here your sound of music

Salzburg, is where a famous composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born.salzburg9
Full of pretty shops...
This is one of my favourite city after Munchen (or Munich) in term of culture and beauty. Salzburg is the fourth-largest city in Austria and the capital of the federal state of Salzburg. Salzburg's "Old Town" with its world famous baroque architecture is one of the best-preserved city centres north of the Alps, and was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. The city is noted for its Alpine setting. It is the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the setting for parts of the musical and film The Sound of Music, which features famous landmarks in Austria, but focuses mainly on Salzburg. Salzburg is also a student city, with three universities.
Salzburg is a tourist favourite, with the number of tourists outnumbering locals by a large margin in peak times. In addition to Mozart's birthplace noted above, other notable places include:

Old Town
The whole Old Town of Salzburg was nominated as a World Heritage Site in 1996.
The baroque architecture including the many churches are world famous.
The Salzburg Cathedral
The fortress Hohensalzburg on a hill dominating the old town is one of the largest castles in Europe, with views over Salzburg.
The Franziskanerchurch
The St.Peter cemetery
The Nonnberg Abbey a Benedictine monastery
The "Residenz" Palace (the magnificent former Prince-Archbishop's residence)
Mozart's Birthplace
Mozart's Residence
The University Church
The Siegmundstor (or Neutor)
The Getreidegasse
Outside the Inner Old Town
Palace of Mirabell with its wide gardens full of flowers.....
The palace of Leopoldskron is a rococo palace and a national historic monument in Leopoldskron-Moos, a southern district of the city of Salzburg.
Hellbrunn with its parks and castles
Tour companies operate tours of locations used in the film The Sound of Music.

Within the greater Salzburg area
Anif Castle
The Basilika Maria Plain on the Calvary Hill, a late Baroque church, on the northern edge of Salzburg.
Salzburger Freilichtmuseum Großgmain, an open-air museum containing old farmhouses/farm buildings from all over the state assembled in historic setting.
The Schloss Klessheim Palace (today a Casino) was formerly used by Adolf Hitler
The Berghof, Hitler's mountain retreat of which only the Eagle's Nest remains, was in nearby Berchtesgaden
The Salzkammergut is an area of lakes in the Salzburg state, east of the city and further on into the provinces of Upper Austria and Styria.
The Untersberg mountain is next to the city, straddling the German-Austrian border, and on a clear day provides panoramic views of the city and the Alps.
Skiing is an attraction during winter. Salzburg itself has no skiing facilities, but it acts as a gateway to skiing areas to the south. During the winter months its airport receives charter flights from around Europe.
To be continued....

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