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The old town

 

The character of the city of Salzburg is marked by the Old Town. Here in the city centre you will find almost everything that makes the city of Mozart so special. Historic buildings and squares, Mozart immortalised as a statue and the most famous lane in Salzburg – the Getreidegasse. No modern and cold shopping mile, but a lane containing historical buildings and romantic charm, which means that you will certainly not need to miss your shopping experience. Luxury brands from such world-famous designers as Luis Vuitton, Gucci and Hugo Boss to the H&M chain are available and there is something to meet every taste. Also to be especially recommended are the numerous arts and crafts venues that maintain the traditions of past centuries in their workshops – such as the makers of bags, belts and umbrellas.

Those wishing to have a view of the marvellous Old Town should treat themselves to a visit to the Mönchsberg. Among other things, one finds the impressive Hohensalzburg Fortress and the Museum of Modern Art. You are carried comfortably up with a lift or the fortress railway.

 

Hohensalzburg Fortress

The Hohensalzburg Fortress, which sits high over the city, was erected in 1077 by the sovereign prince Gebhard I von Helffenstein. Numerous extensions took place in the following centuries to make the fortress a significant emblem of the city. There is a museum and interesting tours awaiting you in the fortress that will lure you into an exciting past.

Numerous visitors come to the fortress, however, to enjoy the breathtakingly lovely view over the city of Salzburg. All of the sightseeing attractions are to be seen at a glance with the city of Mozart at your feet – an experience you shouldn’t miss!

 

Hellbrunn Palace

 

Hellbrunn Palace is one of the most famous baroque summer residences north of the Alps. What is the point of a summer residence, one may ask? Summer residences were palaces built for celebrating, for pleasure and recuperation – luxury in its purest form. The archbishops who once governed Salzburg “journeyed” to Hellbrunn especially in summer to surrender themselves utterly to worldly pleasures.

In the heart of the enchanting and historic Hellbrunn Park with its famous trick fountains is the 400-year-old holiday residence of Markus Sittikus, the former prince archbishop of Salzburg.

A worldwide unique ensemble of trick fountains and grottos after themes of Greek mythology and a mechanical theatre count among the most impressive sightseeing attractions within these enchanting grounds.