Destination: Salzburg, Austria

Top 3 Experiences

1 Mozarts Birthplace

Step into the home where the great composer grew up.

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Number 9 Getreidegasse in Salzburg is the house where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on January 27th, 1756. Today, Mozart’s Birthplace (Mozarts Geburtshaus) consists of a number of interesting features, including rooms once occupied by the Mozart family. Now a fascinating museum, numerous interesting mementos are on display, including the young Mozart’s violin, portraits, and original scores. On the second floor is an exhibition called Mozart in the Theater with a number of illuminated miniature stages depicting his many achievements.

2 Hohensalzburg

An impressive Austrian Castle!

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Salzburg is dominated by the picturesque fortress of Hohensalzburg, on the southeastern summit of the Mönchsberg. Accessible by a pleasant 20-minute walk from the Old Town center or via a funicular railway from Festungsgasse, the original castle was built in 1077, with much of what’s seen today dating from the early 1500s. The approach to the fortress passes through a number of impressive arched defensive gateways under the 17th-century Fire Bastion to the Reisszug, a unique hoist dating from 1504 once used to haul supplies, and through the Horse Gate into the Haupthof with its ancient lime tree and a cistern from 1539. Other highlights include the courtyard with its tiny Church of St. George (Georgskirche) from 1502 and the famous Salzburg Bull, an organ from 1502 that still plays daily and seems to echo the carillon in the Neugebäude. Also of note are the sumptuous Princes’ Apartments with their Late Gothic décor and fine painted wainscoting, the Golden Room (Goldene Stube) with its marble doorways, and the Golden Hall with its gold bosses on the blue coffered ceiling and red marble columns. Also worth seeing are the Fortress Museum with weapons and torture devices, and the Rainer Regiment Museum containing artifacts from the old Salzburg household regiment.

3 Hangar 7

Aviation, Auto and Red Bull!

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Hangar-7 at Salzburg Airport is a unique architectural work of art. Originally planned to accommodate the Flying Bull’s steadily growing collection of historic aircraft, Hangar-7 has become synonymous with avant-garde architecture, modern art and exquisite dining. Explore the many-faceted Hangar-7 – a venue for art, epicurean delicacies and technology.

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