Salzburg is known for it's wonderful architecture and Alpine setting. It was also the birthplace of Mozart and the setting for the musical and film, The Sound of Music.
Salzburg is proud of its past
As the principality that enjoyed the exclusive status of being responsible to the Emperor directly, Salzburg was ruled by the church and the Archbishops.
The city is located on the site of Roman Juvavum. The face of the contemporary Salzburg is a mix of the antiquated and the new. Prince-archbishops Wolf Dietrich, Markus Sittikus and Paris Lodron left a legacy of incredible architecture in the beautiful and numerous churches, castles, and palaces.
In 1756 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born here; a monument in his honor stands today in Mozart Square.
"The Sound of Music" was made in Salzburg. Even today, numerous visitors wanting to see the film locations flock to the city.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Because of Austria's high elevation, travellers are most likely to suffer from altitude sickness, hypothermia and sunburn. Good medical care is widely available, but doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for health services.
German, the first language and is spoken by 99% of the population. English is the second language, and is taught widely in schools.
Eisriesenwelt Caves (near Salzburg)