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The name Salzburg means “salt fortress”. Salt has been mined in the vicinity of Salzburg for hundred years. This “white gold” has made Salzburg a powerful trading city.
Salzburg is located at the foot of the Alps on the border with Germany. Therefore, if you are willing to spend enough time traveling, you can take a walk along the border of the two states or even look at the neighbors of the Austrians at the same time.
This is quite a modern airport of regional importance. Although its history goes back more than a hundred years from the moment when the first plane landed at this place. Moreover, for all the time he did not grow much. Only in the 2000s there was a need to build Terminal 2. It is designed to accept additional winter flights and only works on Saturdays.
In 2019, the airport was completely closed for 5 weeks to conduct a quick renovation. During this time, round-the-clock repair work was carried out on the runway and the main terminal.
Salzburg Airport is just 4 km from the city. So close that budget tourists can walk by foot. However, you should not make such sacrifices, because the transport system in Salzburg works like a clock.
Surprisingly, this is perhaps the only airport in the world from which you can get to the center by trolley. Every 15–20 minutes, trolleybus 2 and bus 27 leave the airport. In 20 minutes they will take you to the Salzburg train station. Ticket price — 2.5 euros.
There are also buses from the airport to other cities in the region. For the convenience of ski lovers, in winter the number of buses and the frequency of traffic increase.
Would you rather live as a king or the world famous classical composer? If you choose the first, you will find yourself in the castle Schloss Hellbrunn, admiring its furniture and well-groomed territory. If you prefer an artistic lifestyle, you will enjoy traveling around Mozart's residences and strolling through the old town past ancient markets and restaurants. The royal and cultural intertwined in Salzburg so closely that you unknownly plunge headlong into the world as it was several centuries ago.
There are a number of Salzburg's most important attractions in the central area, including the Historical Museum and the Mozart House. But do not rush and run to study each of them. Start with a walk through the historic center, where you will see many architectural wonders, authentic markets and shops.
Wander around the Jewish Quarter, explore the St. Florian's Fountain in a market dating back to the 13th century. Many of the local structures were built in the Middle Ages. There is definitely something to see here.
The high facade and turquoise domes of the cathedral attract tourists from all over the city. Over the past millennium, this cathedral was burned and rebuilt several times. In its current form, the Cathedral has existed since the 50s. And yet, in an architectural sense, even the rebuilt building continues to be an example of the early Baroque church style.
When visiting, pay attention to the statues of Peter and Paul on the facade, as well as frescoes, to appreciate the finest workmanship. By the way, it was in this Cathedral that the brilliant musician Mozart was baptized, and he wrote some of his works while sitting at the local authority.
Right by the Salzach River is the famous Mirabell Park. It was you who were sitting on one of the lawns, the inimitable Julie Andrews studied with children the song “Do-Re-Mi” in the classic musical “Sounds of Music”. Since filming in 1965, nothing has changed here. Tourists with pleasure walk along winding paths, photograph unique sculptures, enjoy the riot of colors and plants in the summer, and just drink coffee in this aristocratic place. All you see here are the highest examples of Baroque style.
There is everything you need to definitely try anywhere in Austria: juicy schnitzels, perfect strudel, the most correct Sacher cake in the world. But there are several dishes that are better in this city than anywhere else.
For example, Nokerl cake. This is a giant mountain of meringue, which is served on a pillow of berry sauce. Usually this dessert is ordered for two, because not everyone will be able to eat it otherwise. But if you decide to conquer the meringue mountain yourself, order it simply instead of lunch.
Also, try Mozartkugeln sweets (literally translated as “Mozart balls”). It's a pistachio marzipan coated with nougat, which is generously coated with chocolate. There are sweets with the image of Mozart at every turn in Austria. They are sold all over the world. But it is Salzburg’s that are considered classical and correct. One candy costs 1.1 euros.
Also in Salzburg there are especially many types of pretzels. They are made with cheese, various fillings, spices and in general everything that comes to mind.