Austria may not be very famous for natural beauty but it is very well known for its man made wonders like castles, palaces, cemeteries, museums and more. Austria has almost everything that a tourist desires, from good food to fastidious people, from rich culture to great history, from exotic locations to relaxing beaches, from music to sports and from comfortable accommodation to easy transport system. Famous attractions in Austria include Melk Abbey, Vienna State Opera, Seefeld in Tyrol, Hohensalzburg Castle, Hofburg Imperial Palace, Innsbruck Altstadt, St. Anton am Arlberg, Grosslockner Alpine Road, Hallstatt, Schonbrunn Palace and much more. It has the attractive cities like Salzburg, Vienna, Innsbruck, Zell am See, Mayrhofen, Ischgl, Kaprun, Neustift im Stubaital, Sankt Anton am Arlberg and Bad Gastein. In this article, we will experience the majesty of Salzburg city of Austria and know why it is a very popular destination among visitors. Salzburg is the 4th largest city of Austria and capital of federal state of Salzburg. It is located at the northern edge of Alps in Central Austria. It is a city of festivals, events, exhibitions, galleries, celebrations, customs, sports, creative arts and adventures. The old town of the city is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site and the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The history of Salzburg gives a glimpse of 1815 when it became a part of Habsburg Austria. Before 1815, it was capital of an principality and then the Napoleonic wars began and changed the history of the city. 19th century was the period of economic boom when it became a hub of tourism industry, businesses, schools and hospitals. The state of Salzburg is also famous for some of the tallest waterfalls of Europe with maximum height of 380 metres.
Salzburg has a humid continental climate with fairly hot summers. The temperature varies from 53 F to 80 F throughout the year and there are no dry seasons. July is the warmest month and January is the coldest one. You can expect more than 300 sunny days during the year. Precipitation is at it highest point during September and thunderstorms are quite common during this period. The best time to visit Salzburg is during March and April because of the mildness of weather.
How to get here?
Salzburg is well served by the Salzburg Airport W. A. Mozart which receives numerous number of flights from major carriers like Delta, Frontier, British Airways and US Airlines. It is also the 2nd largest airport in Austria and one of the busiest also. There are some alternative airports also near the city like Linz Airport, Munich Airport and Innsbruck Kranebitten Airport that are located withing the range of 180 km from Salzburg. You can easily get to the downtown by taxi, cab, rental car, limo, airport shuttle or bus service. You can also come by car as there are many highways connecting Salzburg to its neighbor cities.
Accommodation and Food
There is a big range of some of the finest accommodations in country in Salzburg. From luxurious hotels and resorts to budget lodges and hostels, you will find every staying spot in every price range. One of the finest is Hotel Bristol, located right in the heart of the city, featuring exquisitely crafted furniture, champagne with breakfast, great salons and other facilities of pure class. Some other luxurious choices include Hotel Wolf Dietrich, Hotel Sacher, Alstadthotel Kasererbrau, Hotel Stein, Hotel Am Dom, Hotel Goldener Hirsch A Luxury Collection Hotel, Hotel & Villa Auersperg, Altstadthotel Weisse Taube, Hotel Elefant, Achat Plaza Zum Hirschen, Hotel Schloss Monchstein, Haus Arenberg, Hotel Amadeus, Atel Hotel Lasserhof, Nh Salzburg City and Hotel Rosenvilla. In budget hostels and lodges, you will surely like Hotel Schwarzes Rossl, Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron, Motel One Salzburg Mirabell, Motel One Salzburg Sud, Villa Trapp, Hotel Fischachstubn, Stadtalm Naturfreundehaus, Salzburg Eduard Heinrich Haus, Muffin Hostel and Kolpinghaus Salzburg.
Exotic food of all international cuisines is the specialty of Salzburg city. From Ethnic to Continental, Mexican to Indian, Mediterranean to Seafood, almost everything is available here at more than 400 restaurants around the city. Some of the finest choices are Zirkelwirt Maxglan featuring great traditional Austrian food, Enoteca Settemila AC featuring Italian & wine bar, Restaurant Esszimmer featuring ethnic food, Restaurant Esszimmer with exotic drinks, 220 Grad with nice dessert, II Padrino with Italian food, Augustiner Braustueberl featuring Brew pub, Bangkok Restaurant with Thai food, Das Restaurant with Indian food, Gasthaus Zwettler’s Stiftskeller with diner, Eclectic and Gastropub and Bar Mayday Red Bull Hangar featuring contemporary, international and fusion.
The Mirabell Palace is a famous landmark located at Mirabellplatz in Salzburg. It is also listed as a cultural heritage monument and a part of UNESCO World Heritage Site and features a historical building with some gardens. It was built in 1606 and was named as Altenau Palace by Prince Archbishop Wolf Dietrich Von Raitenau. The main attractions of the Palace are the Small Parterre, the Mirebell park, Hedge Theatre, Rose Hill and many more. The palace remains open for public daily and you can easily take a guided tour of it and its surroundings.
The Salzburg Cathedral is a Roman Catholic Baroque architecture Cathedral located at Domplatz 1a in Salzburg. It is dedicated to Saint Rupert and Saint Vergilius. It was built in 1628 and today it is one of the iconic structures of the city. You will be amazed by the eye catching exterior and unique architecture or the cathedral. It is the largest building in town and remains open for the public daily with free admission.