Salzburg: An Austrian Symphony
Salzburg's Hohensalzburg Fortress
With around eight million sightseers prowling its cobbled lanes each year, the city can feel pretty touristy. You don't go to
Most of the happy tourists probably wouldn't be here if not for Wolfgang Amadeus
It's the most informative
After seeing where he lived, visit where he was baptized and later performed --
Sit under the dome -- surrounded by the tombs of 10 archbishops from the 17th century -- and imagine all four organs playing, each balcony filled with musicians ... glorious surround-sound.
While the cathedral is in the center of town,
The fortress visit has three parts: a relatively dull courtyard with some fine views from its various ramparts; the fortress itself (with a required and escorted 45-minute audio tour); and the palace museum (with fancy royal apartments and a military wing, it's by far the best exhibit of the lot).
Beyond its museums and castles,
One excursion everyone seems to recommend is the "Sound of Music" tour, which is offered by several companies. They usually include a quick but good general city tour and then hit the movie's highlights (including the stately home, flirtatious gazebo, and grand wedding church). Of the many companies doing the tour, consider Bob's Special Tours (www.bobstours.com) and Panorama Tours (www.panoramatours.com). I took this tour skeptically and actually liked it, even though rolling through the Austrian countryside with 30 Americans singing "Doe, a deer..." is pretty schmaltzy.
Local students mix with tourists eating hearty slabs of schnitzel with their fingers or cold meals from the self-serve picnic counter, while children frolic on the playground kegs. Waiters only bring beer; they don't bring food -- instead, go up the stairs, survey the hallway of deli counters, and assemble a delectable meal.
With its musical legacies, magnificent scenery, and rich history,
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