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Salzburg Austria’s fourth largest city is best known for being the birthplace and residence of famous composer Mozart as well as the setting for the popular musical Sound of Music. It is one of the busiest tourist destinations in Europe, thanks to its rolling hills and greenery. The Old Town of Salzburg is a hit with tourists because of its baroque architecture which earned it a listing as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. Salzburg is well liked for its palaces, churches, historical centres, architecture and scenery. In fact tourists outnumber locals during peak season. It lies north of the Alps and has 24 urban districts. Its Alpine scenery attracts many tourists all year round and is an ideal European city break destination. salzburg austriaMust see places for those visiting the Old Town of Salzburg include the famous fountain in Mirabell Gardens (featured in The Sound of Music), the religious art and renowned architecture of Salzburg Cathedral and the birthplace and residence of Mozart. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born and raised in Salzburg. From 1769 to 1781 he worked for the archbishops. The places in which he lived and worked are all popular tourist attractions. Outside of the Old Town, attractions include the Sound of Music film tours, the parks and castles of Hellbrunn, the gardens of Mirabell Palace and Hangar-7 (a collection of various historical helicopters, aeroplanes and racing cars, owned by Red Bull). Salzburg is an accessible place and there are many more favorite tourist destinations in the greater Salzburg area. salzburg austriaWhile there are no ski facilities in Salzburg, it is a popular stop for those heading to their skiing holiday, for example. For those who enjoy the culture of castles, Anif Castle is located in the south of the city and offers a trip filled with historical facts and tales, while those who enjoy history will be interested to know that Adolf Hitler’s former mountain retreat lies near Berchtesgaden and he often used the palace and casino Schloss Klessheim. Animal lovers will enjoy the Salzburg Zoo, which is in the south of the city and a great day out for all of the family. There are a number of tours that operate from Salzburg. These include a trip to the Bavarian mountains and salt mines, the Sound of Music tours and walking tours. salzburg austriaThe area is a popular Christmas holiday destination. It is also popular with sporty people who might enjoy hiking, cycling, running or winter sports. A famous annual music festival is held in Salzburg during July and August. The Salzburg Festival attracts many visitors and there is a smaller event, called the Salzburg Easter Festival earlier in the year. Residents and tourists alike pass the time in beer gardens, with music and entertainment and an upbeat festival feel. Salzburg has the highest density of top restaurants per capita in Europe, thanks in part to the Salzburg Festival. There is also dining to suit all tastes and budgets, with a blend of Bavarian and Austrian cuisine. Those traveling to Salzburg will find transport easy to use. A good rails service runs in the city and Salzburg Airport offers lots of scheduled and charter flights. It is a great choice of destination for tourists from around the world.

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