Salzburg, Austria, is the perfect European Christmas vacation: Home to Mozart and “The Sound of Music”; named a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its stunningly preserved baroque architecture; and full of Christmas markets to shop until you drop.
Come for 100 years of the Salzburg Festival, but stay for the stunning architecture and rich history…
Actually, there doesn’t seem to be a bad time to go to Salzburg.
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Instead of pointing you to a “best” that doesn’t exist, International Living are going to point you toward European Christmas markets that are unheralded gems.
Salzburg, located on the banks of the river Salzach on the foothills of the northern boundary of the Alps, is a perfect destination to relax and explore the blend of history and culture. The capital city of the State of Salzburg is known globally as the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This fourth largest city…
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The relatively small city has a glorious setting, an iconic image of all that is picturesque about Austria and the Alps, and one that was indelibly re-enforced by The Sound of Music.
Perhaps best known for its appearance in “The Sound of Music” Mirabell Palace is a top Salzburg tourist attraction. Read our complete guide before you visit.
Whether you’re visiting for the beautiful architecture or the rich musical culture, you’ll find plenty of excellent places to stay, eat, drink, sightsee, and shop…
Take a day trip to the home town of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart on a guided full-day rail tour from Munich to Salzburg. Considered one of the jewels in the crown of Europe, the city of Salzburg has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, framed by the majestic backdrop of the snow-capped Alps and famed for its old-world glamour.
Salzburg is also one of the most popular movie tourism destinations in the world for one simple reason, The Sound of Music. With a group of up to 25 people, you will see sights you’ll remember from the silver screen. Salzburg is one of the finest preserved medieval old towns in Europe, criss-crossed with winding streets and venerable market places and adorned with architectural monuments of the later baroque era. Piazzas and fountains, the stunning Domkirche Cathedral, palaces, gardens, churches, monasteries, confectioneries and patisseries. And towering above it all, the breathtaking 900 year old fortress Festung Hohensalzburg, the magnificent edifice that dominates the city’s skyline.
Salzburg is the fourth-largest city in Austria and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to one of the best-preserved city centers north of the Alps — it’s also a gorgeous and luxurious place to visit year-round. If you’re looking to stay in this picturesque destination, enjoy only the best at one of these top luxury hotels.
Hotel Sacher Salzburg
Stay in Salzburg’s grand, 5-star Hotel Sacher Salzburg. Located on the shores of Salzach River, it offers views of the city’s Old Town and is in close proximity to some of the best sites the city has to offer.
This historic hotel is located in the heart of Salzburg, close to the Mirabell Palace and the Festival Houses. The elegant rooms are spacious and updated, while still offering historic charm.
Hotel Goldener Hirsch
This captivating 5-star hotel is located in Salzburg’s historic Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stay right in the thick of Salzburg’s most famous attractions and relish in the beautiful antique touches.
Romantik Hotel Gmachl
There’s nothing in the world quite like Christmas in Europe—wooden chalets in historic towns dating to the 13th century, snow-covered cathedrals, and all the hot mulled wine you can drink. Here are 12 of the continent’s can’t-miss markets.
Old Town and Wenceslas Square, Prague, Czech Republic
Just five minutes’ apart by foot, Prague’s Old Town and Wenceslas markets are the best in a city that already tops our list of places to spend Christmas. What sets these markets apart are their treats: Don’t miss the barbecued pork or trdelník, a hot, rolled pastry rolled in cinnamon and sugar and cooked over a grill.
Tallinn Christmas Market, Estonia
In addition to Estonian Christmas dishes like black pudding and sour cabbage (it’s better than it sounds, we swear), Tallinn’s market also has a Santa who arrives by reindeer-pulled sleigh.
This is the second in a two-part series on Austria. Part one appeared in the Oct. 11 edition of Diversion and can now be found at lamonitor.com.
To catch a glimpse of the for a glimpse of the oldest stained glass window in Vienna, circa 1370, as well as of the sarcophagus of St. Vitalis, a martyr from the Roman catacombs head to St. Rupert’s Church. Visitors will also want to check out the murals alongside the Danube Canal. Many make political statements regarding a variety of issues. It’s street art at its most colorful and fully sanctioned by the powers that be.
At the Palais Coburg, originally a palace, now a posh hotel, you can see part of the medieval Old City wall incorporated into the design of the building.
Whatever you’re looking for in the Alps, you’re pretty much guaranteed to find it in these 11 itineraries.
Europe’s highest mountain range — spanning a whopping 750 miles — naturally holds every kind of adventure one could possibly think of. The Alpine valleys of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland still hide idyllic villages where cheesemaking and woodworking reign supreme. Bustling cities like Zurich, Salzburg, and Munich mean world-class experiences at the foot of Mother Nature’s best work of European art.
But keep in mind that a trip to the Alps is all about who you are. These mountains, villages, and cities can hold whatever you want them to hold — which itinerary will you choose?
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Touch down in any buzzing Alpine city and you’ll be surrounded by snowcapped Alps, teeny villages, and bucolic landscapes spreading out into the horizon.
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One of the most prolific and beloved of the Classical era composers, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg, Austria in 1756 and the whole, exquisite UNESCO World Heritage Alstadt feels like a living monument to him, with restaurants, buskers, souvenir stands and even chocolates bearing his likeness.
The Mozart Foundation runs a program of concerts and talks, including the Mozart Week festival and the Mozart Residence, a museum to his life and work.
There, you can draw near to his original pianoforte. It’s surprisingly moving, as is Mozart’s Birthplace, a museum that includes the room in which this prodigious talent was born. See mozarteum.at
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
Antonin Dvorak’s work reflects the spirit of his homeland: Bohemia under the Austrian Empire, the Czech Republic today.
While Europe’s major cities are always fun and full of attractions, day trips can sometimes enhance travel experiences. We’ve taken it a step further many times and visited the neighboring country. The close proximities of countries in Europe makes it easy to visit multi-country visits in one day. Day trips are defined here as between 30 minutes to two hours from the city center by train, bus, car or boat. These are day trips we have actually taken with the kids and enjoyed. Of course, these city pairs can also be done in reverse. We hope these ideas will help with your day trip plans when visiting these cities.