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Boasting one of the best preserved city centres in Europe, Salzburg’s Old Town has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for over a decade. Situated to the west of Austria, Salzburg is the country’s fourth largest city and renowned for its baroque architecture. As the birthplace of Mozart, and where a little known film called The Sound of Music was filmed – Salzburg holidays allow you to embrace all of these elements.
The city’s architectural grandeur is evident in the many palaces and fortresses that adorn Salzburg, while Mozart’s birthplace and consequential museum offer a fantastic insight into one of Austria’s favourite sons. The cultural attractions keep on coming, with various informative museums and engaging art galleries awaiting your attention during your holidays to Salzburg.
The fantastic old town provides one of the highlights of Salzburg holidays, with numerous sites of interest in the historic centre sitting amongst striking architecture and set beside an attractive riverfront. Popular sights here include the city’s cathedral and museum, Alter Markt Square with its old style shops, Mozart’s family home and museum and the pretty Mirabell Palace.
The city is home to many informative and interesting museums, and you could spend an entire day devoted to hopping from exhibit to exhibit during Salzburg city breaks. Salzburg Museum informs visitors of the history of this pretty city, The Museum of Natural History is a great option if you’ve brought the kids, while the Toy Museum will add a bit of quirk to your afternoon of history. One of the biggest attractions around the city is the magnificent Hellbrunn Palace with its beautiful fountains and picturesque gardens. The palace is located to the south of the city and is a great place to spend a day exploring the lovely grounds and taking a tour of the magnificent fountains.
For the ultimate relaxation experience, head 20 minutes out of Salzburg to the Bad Reichenhall spa town where rest is guaranteed at the Bavarian State Spa. The beautiful scenery surrounding the town will provide just as much relaxation as your spa treatments. The area is also ideal for cyclists and hikers as there are a number of marked trails to spark active holidays to Salzburg, exploring some of Europe’s most stunning natural landscapes, including the remarkable Austrian Alps.
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