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Seven Things You Need to Know Before Going to Salzburg

Seven Things You Need to Know Before Going to Salzburg

Salzburg is the birthplace of Mozart, one of the greatest composers of all time. But that’s not the only reason why you should visit this incredible city.

If you plan on visiting Salzburg, there are some things you must know beforehand if you want to really make the most out of your list.

While it’s a must to check out anything connected to Mozart here, there’s a lot more that the city can offer you. Historic sites are a given, but did you know it also has some of the most modern attractions in all of Austria? And of course, you can’t leave without a drink or two here – it’s a must.

Check out seven things to know about Salzburg before you visit.

Things to Know About the City

1. Near or Far, The Salzburg Fortress Will Leave You in Awe

If you’ve never been to Salzburg, you should know that it has one of the most beautiful fortresses in Europe. The giant fortress sits above the city on top of the Festungsberg Hill and has been the home of Salzburg’s rulers since the beginning of the second millennium.

Various rulers of Salzburg expanded the fortress as they saw fit. And today, it’s a massive complex of buildings, gardens, and walls. White dominates the façade, making the fortress visible even from a great distance.

Make sure to visit the splendid courtyards and gardens, as well as the powder room where a massive organ sits. The Golden Hall and the Chapel are also among the highlights of the fortress.

From the castle’s walls, you’ll have the best view of the city of Salzburg. It’s the perfect spot for memorable snapshots.

2. Mirabell Palace and Gardens Lives Up to Its Name

What are some other things to know about Salzburg before you go? 

Well, Salzburg is also home to Mirabell Palace and its gardens. The name Mirabell is a combination of two Italian words that mean ‘admirable’ and ‘beautiful’.

Tracing back to the early 17th century, this magnificent palace is among the most elegant in all of Austria and is on the list of cultural heritage monuments.

Its breathtaking Marble Hall is where the famous Palace Concerts take place. And if you visit Mirabell, don’t miss a chance to see it.

Also, take a walk through the palace’s gardens. They’re big and sprawling, and you can take all the time you need to relax. From the garden, you can see the city cathedral. The most interesting thing about the garden is that it’s asymmetrical and that it has a gorgeous Pegasus fountain.

You’ll spend most of the time outside at Mirabell, so you should know a thing or two about Salzburg weather. The city has four well-defined seasons, and your best bet is to visit during spring and early autumn.

3. Mozart Has Ties to the Salzburg Cathedral

Salzburg has magnificent churches, with Salzburg Cathedral among the most beautiful. It dates back to the mid-17th century and has towers that are 260ft (79m) tall. Also, it’s where Mozart was baptized.

You’ll see four massive statues on the west side, facing the Domplatz. Virgil and St. Rupert are the outer statues, while apostles Paul and Peter are inner ones. The triple bronze doors feature the symbols of hope, faith, and love.

Visit the museum in the cathedral if you have time to spare. It has a massive collection of liturgical and art items from all around the archdiocese, including St. Rupert’s cross from the eighth century.

4. The Stiegl Brewery is Part of Austrian Culture

As you may know, Austrians are among the biggest beer drinkers in the world. It’s no surprise that tasting the local brews is one of the top things to do in Austria.

That also goes for Salzburg. 

If you want to relax over a pint or two, get over to Stiegl Brewery. It’s not far from the city center, which means you should be able to find it easily. It has several exhibitions and beer-tasting sessions for you to check out.

There’s also a museum inside the brewery that documents how Stiegl makes beer and the history of beer in Austria. A restaurant is also there if you find yourself hungry during your visit.

5. Mozart’s House in Makartplatz is Not His First Home

Mozart is perhaps the most famous person to come out of Salzburg. His parents used to live in a small house and it’s where young Mozart was born. But, they soon moved to a big house in Makartplatz.

The locals call that house “Mozart Wohnhaus.” It got destroyed in World War II, but it’s long been restored to its original state and has since been turned into a museum. It features biographies of all of Mozart’s family and has displays chronicling their daily lives.

If you’re a fan of classical music, a trip to Mozart’s House is a must. Bonus points if you also visit Mozartplatz in Salzburg old town where you can see a huge bronze 19th-century statue of Mozart.

6. The Red Bull Hangar 7 Does Not Only Have Planes

Salzburg can also accommodate those who prefer the finer things in life. The popular Red Bull Hangar 7 is a must-see not just for them but even for everyone.

It’s not the easiest place to get to because it’s found in the airport, but it’s more than worth the visit. You’ll find several rare and exotic aircraft at the hangar, as well as a selection of the famous Red Bull Formula One cars.

The place also has the Michelin-starred restaurant Ikarus, two bars, and a laid-back outdoor lounge.

7. Hallein

Did you know that the Celts inhabited a large portion of Europe at one point? Some even went as far as modern-day Turkey.

If you’re wondering what that has to do with Salzburg and Austria, it’s because the Celtic town of Hallein is near Salzburg. It’s a charming little town with narrow streets and characteristic Salzach architecture.

That said, it also has one of the biggest Celtic museums on the Old Continent. You’ll also find a faithful recreation of a Celtic farm, complete with tools and all the buildings. The museum also has some items from the Hallstatt and other Celtic settlements.

A Mix of Old and Modern

Salzburg offers a mix of old and new, from historical sites to posh leisure establishments. And all of them are worth visiting.

When you get to Salzburg, go to the marvelous Salzburg Fortress. Make sure to visit the Mirabell Palace and its gardens, as well. Don’t forget to drop by Mozart’s House and the Mozart Square. If you want something more modern, the Red Bull Hangar 7 at the airport awaits.

Don’t forget to cap off your trip with a drink at the Stiegl Brewery, the city’s number one brewery. That’s how you’ll truly experience the local culture.

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