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You may recognize Salzburg as the stunning alpine location from The Sound of Music, but its cultural importance goes back well beyond this. Birthplace of 18th-century composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, today it hosts the world famous Salzburg Festival and its cobbled streets are home to many opera, concert, and theatre venues. The Old Town, or Altstadt, is a UNESCO World Heritage site and showcases Baroque architecture, graceful domes and stunning spires. Venture into the mountains that line the city and visit its legendary clifftop fortress, or spend an afternoon strolling through Mirabell Palace and its resplendent gardens, built hundreds of years ago by an archbishop for his favourite courtesan. Located near the Salzach River and the Mozarteum University of Music and Arts, the palace is considered one of the most romantic places in Salzburg.
The edgy contrast of an aged coaching inn where artsy installations lend an air of east-side gallery – this is a cradle of the arts and style where a bold, contemporary curatorial scene is flanked by twisted beams and heritage-thick walls.read more
We have to admit, we're a bit art obsessed. We recently found ourselves rushing into a city on a 2-hour layover just to scurry through their contemporary art museum before breathlessly re-presenting ourselves at the airport.read more
Pablo Picasso famously said that we are all born artists, the only trick is remaining an artist as we grow up. Somewhat along the same lines are those self-helpers who say that we are all born children, the trick is learning to stay in touch with that child as we grow up. Actually, it’s pretty much the same thing, isn’t it?read more
Why not try combating the circus that descends around this time every year with a homeopathic-style approach and head straight to Salzburg for Winterfest, the festival of Nouveau Cirque?read more