Salzburg is like a holy name to a lot of people who loves music as it is the birthplace of Mozart who is great composer in 18 century. It is surprised to know that Salzburg enjoys a higher tourist-per-capita ratio even than Venice or Florence.
Salzburg is located in the central of Austria, on the banks of the Salzach River, at the northern boundary of the Alps. Therefore, the climate here is cold and humid. However, never mind, there is music to keep you warm.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Mozart is the most influential composer during 1750 to 1820 which is called ‘the Classical era’. His impact is endurable and profound. Beethoven’s early compositions were completed in the shadow of Mozart, and Joseph Haydn wrote that "posterity will not see such a talent again in 100 years.
Mozart’s talent had been shown in his early childhood in Salzburg. He began to write songs at five years old when he was already good at keyboard and violin and performed in front of European royalty. During years, he travelled and created a lot of works. Later, in 1781, he sought for a better development in his career and went to the capital city Vienna. In Vienna, he achieved fame but struggled to survive due to lack of financial support. It is still a mystery of this talent’s early death at the age of 35 years old, which is such a big pity to the musical world.
During his entire life, he has composed around 600 pieces of works, among which the most well-known and recognized are pinnacles of symphonic, concertante, chamber, piano, operatic, and choral music.
The Sound of Music
Besides Mozart, Salzburg also has connection with ‘the sound of music’, one of the world’s most popular and famous musicals.
Actually, the city of Salzburg was the settings for part of ‘the sound of music’ which showed some famous landmark in Salzburg. When you are walking along the Salzach River, you may find it is hard not to sing ‘Do-Re-Mi’ and think of the scenes in the movie.
When it is summer in Salzburg, you can choose to go hiking or enjoy and open-air concert. Best places for hiking could be: Mount Untersberg - Mount Gaisberg - Glasenbach Klamm - Hellbrunner Allee - National Park Hohe Tauern - Mount Großglockner - Krimml Waterfalls.
When it is winter in the city, the best thing to do is to go skiing and shopping in the Christmas market.
Salzburg W. A. Mozart Airport (SZG) is named after the Salzburg-born composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. It is a regional airport located 3.1 km west-southwest from the centre of Salzburg and it may take around 20 minutes. The airport also has flights directly to the Frankfurt, Vienna, London, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Brussels, Düsseldorf and Zürich, as well as Hamburg and Dublin.
Best car hiring companies to call
Renting a good car with the best price in Austria is conveniently available. Car rental companies like Hertz, Avis, Alamo, Budget Dollar, National Sixt, Thrifty and Eurocar are reputable.