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The best of Salzburg
Written by: Milan Duda
Whether you succumb to the charms of this unique, historic town
in the heart of Austria that gave Mozart to the world, to the beautiful
surrounding Alpine countryside, or to the magic of the Salt Chamber,
Salzburg and its vicinity will captivate you on your first visit,
and draw you back again and again.
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Favorite hotel: Hubertushof****, Neu-Anif, tel. +43
6246 8970, www.hubertushof-anif.at - near Salzburg
Favorite restaurant: Gasthof Hölle, Dr. Adolf Altmann Strasse
2, tel. +43 662 820 760, www.hoelle.at - the name means "Hell",
and it is right beside the cemetery
Favorite attraction: - definitely Salzburg castle
Favorite shop: Shopping Center Alpenstrasse, Alpenstraße 107,
tel.: +43 662 628 510-13 www.shopping-alpenstrasse.at/ - department
store, probably the nearest one to the city center
Advice: In summer, go for a ride to some of the restaurants
in the neighboring hillsides offering perfect views, or go
by car to Germany to see "Rossfeldstrasse" over Berchtesgaden
up close - also with interesting views. Although you have to
pay for going through, without excessive effort you can get
almost to the peaks of the surrounding mountains - an altitude
of up to 1,600 meters.
owner of a software company
Favorite hotels: Hotel Auersperger,
Auerspergstraße 61,tel. +43 662 889 440, www.auersperg.at/
Hotel Traube, Linzergasse 4, tel. +43 662 889 60
Favorite restaurants: Kellerbauer Restaurant ve Vigaun
u Halleinu, Kellerbauerweg 41A-5424 Bad Vigaun, tel.
+43 624 583 474, www.kellerbauer.at
Restaurant Pfefferschiff, Hallwang bei Salzburg, Söllheim
3,tel.: +43 662 661 242, www.pfefferschiff.at
Gersberg 37, +43 662 641 257, www.gersbergalm.at
Favorite shops: Juwelier Koppenwallner v Getreidegasse,
Klampfergasse 2, tel. +43 662 841 298-0, www.koppenwallner.at
Grazia, Linzergasse 19, tel.: +43 662 884 551- Italian
ladies' underwear shop
Strubel und Nägele - perfume store at Makartplatz
Favorite attractions: Sankt Sebastian Friedhof (Wolf-Dietrich
Mozart Geburtshaus, Rezidenzgalerie
Best-kept secret: The smallest house in Salzburg - Alten
Marien Statue na námìstí Domplatz Marien Statue on the
Riddle on the facade of the cathedral
Last remaining piece of the city wall
Sales & marketing manager, Salzburg City Tourist
Favorite hotel: Blue Gans, tel. +43 662 842 491, Getreidegasse
- recently reconstructed "art hotel" in the city
center, in the most famous lane of Salzburg. Well-known German
actor Veronika Ferres used to live there during the Salzburg
festivals. The building is a combination of traditional and
Favorite restaurant: Stiftskeller St. Peter, tel. +43 662-841268-0,
www.haslauer.at - the oldest restaurant in Austria.
Favorite night spot: Jexx, Gstättengasse 7, www.jexx.at right
across the road, there is the bar-club Republic, Anton Neumayrplatz
2, offering a rich and varied program: www.republic.at
Favorite shop: Easter in Salzburg, Judengasse 13
- shop filled with Easter eggs, all year long.
Favorite attractions: Museum Next to Mozart, Getreidegasse
7, tel. +43 662 8422580 31, www.next-to-mozart.at
- a unique new exposition of talking and singing wax dummies,
is located in the museum's 2400 m2. You will discover the
origins of the "Silent Night" song, and meet the
famous movie "The Sound of Music". Your guide through
the museum is the mysterious Dr. Miracle.
Best-kept secret: Why are Salzburg inhabitants called "Stierwascher",
which means "bull-washer"? In the times of jacquerie
(around 1500), the Salzburg castle was under siege, the enemy
wanted to starve out the population which had only one more
bull. But every day they displayed him on the rampart dyed
a different color, to give the impression that they still
had a large herd and thus food enough, and every day they
washed him and dyed him again.
Good advice: Only in Salzburg you can buy the original chocolate "Mozart
Balls". In 1890, confectioner Paul Fürst originated
them in Salzburg, and today his great-grandson Norbert Fürst,
with his son Martin, produce them in the coffee bar Fürst,
on Brodgasse 13.
Location: central Austria
Salzburg Dialing code: +43-662
Area: 66 km2
Religion: Roman Catholics 79%, Protestants 5%, Atheists
Time zone: GMT + 1 (GMT + 2 in summer)
Electricity: 220 volts AC, round two-pin are standard
Average January temp: 0-15 °C below zero
Average July temp: 25-31 °C
Tax disc prices for passenger cars: for 2 months:
EUR 21.80 for 10 days: EUR 7.60
· 1.0-liter bottle of mineral water: EUR 2,90
· 33-cl bottle of beer: EUR 3,20
· 36-exposure color film: EUR 4,20
· city-center bus ticket: EUR 1,80
· three-course meal with wine/beer: from EUR 18
1 euro (EUR 1) = CAD
1,61; CZK 29,65; GBP 0,7; USD 1,33
(Currency conversion rates as of press time.)
Where on the web?
For further information, we suggest the following websites dedicated
www.salzburg.info - official website of Salzburg Tourist Office.
Comprehensive service for all tourists and businessmen coming
www.timeout.com/travel/salzburg - simple but sufficient guide
giving practical information for visitors
www.stadtbus.at - central Salzburg is nicely walkable, but you'll
need a bus to get to Mirabellplatz and Hellbrunn. Here you'll
find the necessary bus information.
www.stadt-salzburg.at/wirtschaft - Economic information useful
for anyone planning to conduct business in Salzburg.
· Almost every evening the oldest restaurant, Stiftskeller St.
Peter, hosts a Mozart dinner concert. Musicians and singers in
historical costumes perform the Austrian composer's best-known
arias, and the dinner is prepared according to recipes from Mozart's
· Each summer, from late July to late August, the town celebrates
the world-renowned Salzburg Festival, offering dozens of operas,
theatrical performances, and concerts. This year the program includes
a total of 183 various events at 11 venues.
· Modern art lovers mustn't miss the Muzeum der moderne, which
overlooks the town from the mountain Mönchsberg, providing a lovely
view of Salzburg. The museum was opened in October 2004. www.museumdermoderne.at
· Salzburg is called "The Rome of the North" because
it offers all sorts of attractions, such as churches, luxurious
baronial manors, and museums. It's a compact town; you can easily
walk all over its center (in 1996 it was added to the UNESCO list)
in a few hours, with a choice of over 400 shops.
· Salzburg's environs and Salt Chamber (Salzkamergut) provide
great opportunities for outdoor sports. Besides paragliding, rafting,
and bungee jumping, you can also enjoy more placid entertainment
like pleasant walks, swimming in Wolfgangsee and Mondsee - the
closest lakes to the Salt Chamber.
· Salzburg is also an ideal place to hold conventions. The new
Salzburg Congress Center, with a capacity of 1,350 people, was
opened in 2001. The rococo Schloss Leopoldskron palace is also
a popular convention venue.