Salzburg is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997. Salzburg’s “Old Town” (Altstadt) has baroque architecture which literally transports you back in time. Being a tourist place, it has lot of quality artists on the streets that lead to and from the city center. Live music by these artists makes the atmosphere even more romantic and ‘touristy’.
Salzburg literally means “Salt Castle”. The city and Munich, were settled because of the the salt mines in the Alps. Early history of these two prominent cities revolves around salt trading.
Salzburg is well known as the place where “Mozart” was born. His house is still preserved in Salburg which now houses a small museum dedicated to Mozarts life. It is a good place for music lovers but personally I found it a little boring.
At the center of Salburg there is the Hohensalzburg Castle which is one of the largest medieval castles in Europe. The chambers inside the castle are made of wood including the bed chamber. Worth a visit! Nice place to buy souvenirs. They are less expensive and better than the shops in the city.
From the Salzburg Hbf., Untersberg (at 1300m) can be reached by a bus. The timings of the bus are such that they match with the cable car timings. This mountain is part of the Alps and is straddled between Germany and Austria. It is worth going to the top of the mountain. If the weather is clear, Salzburg can be seen from the top.
Salzburg is a place that you should visit at-least once in your lifetime.
Salzburg falls in Bavaria. So if you are in Bavaria, a Bayern ticket can take a family of 5 on a round trip in just 35 Euros.
Places To visit:
Old Town of Salzburg
Mozart’s Residence (I would give this a miss)
My Cost of traveling:
Munich – Salzburg -Munich (RE Bahn). 35 Euros.
8:30 train from Ost Hbf. to Salzburg.
5:30 train from Salzburg Hbf. to Munich.
Train journey is enjoyable as the train winds through the scenic Alps.