It may surprise you to learn that you are already familiar with some of the sights offered by Salzburg, Austria. This stunning city, with its myriad of Renaissance churches and castles, is featured prominently in the movie The Sound of Music . Located in the foothills of the Alps, Salzburg is the fourth largest city in Austria. The city is the birthplace of Mozart and history abounds around every corner. The sights and sounds of this well preserved city will amaze and delight even the most seasoned travelers.
Arriving in Salzburg, you will be greeted by the sight of Hohensalzburg Castle (Festung Hohensalzburg) which sits on on top of Festungsberg Hill and seess to reign over the city. Construction of the castle began in the early 1500's, and it has served many uses over 500 years' – as a barracks, ammunition depot, dungeon, and even a prison during World War II. It is one of the largest and most authentic castles in all of Europe, and a very popular tourist destination. After braving a trip in the rickety lift to the top of Festungsberg Hill, you will be afforded a stunning, panoramic view of the city.
Another popular, must see site is Nonnberg Abbey. It was founded in 714 and is one of the oldest surviving women's convents. Made famous by our favorite singing nun from The Sound of Music , this is the abbey where the original Maria von Trapp taught after World War II. It seems that you can only stand with deep respect and awe when entering the gates.
If you are in the mood to spend some vacation dollars, I would suggest a stroll down Getreibegasse – a major shopping district with expensive stores that will fulfill (possibly exceed) all your shopping needs. This street is the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (his house is located at Number 9 Getreibegasse) and once housed the elite of Salzburg – merchants, doctors, and wealthy citizens. It is one of the busiest and cleanest streets you will find – every Saturday, and during the holidays, the street is flushed with water in order to wash all grime down to the Salzach river. In addition to visiting all the various boutiques and expensive shops, you will have a chance to enjoy the plethora of street artists and vendors that seem to occupy every corner.
One can find many amazing places to visit in Salzburg. The city is rich with historical cathedrals, monasteries, and breweries which will inspire the hidden poet in its visitors. You may find yourself lost in the rich Austrian heritage while strolling around town or sitting in a pub. It is an experience you will treasure for the rest of your life.