Discover the Architectural Delights of Salzburg
If cities had a taste, Salzburg would certainly be sweet. This is not only because Salzburg’s most famous delicacy, the Mozartkugel, is made of the finest nougat and marzipan. It is above all because of the fairytale charm of the Baroque city and its modern architectural counterpoints.
The narrow, winding streets of the historic centre in Salzburg which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site is where one really senses the charm of a cultural metropolis. Particularly Getreidegasse, where the birthplace of Salzburg’s most famous son, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, is located. Among the peculiarities typical of the city of Salzburg are the so-called "Durchhäuser". These are old passageways through buildings that one can use as a sort of shortcut. These passages are also a convenient way to reach the city’s main cathedral, the Salzburger Dom, and the splendid Domplatz, where the annual performances of Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s "Everyman" are held as part of the Salzburger Festspiele, the social high point of the city’s summer cultural calendar.
Perched majestically above the city on the Mönchsberg is the Hohensalzburg fortress, Central Europe’s largest fully preserved castle. While the Museum of Modern Art occupies an equally lofty position on the hill, its contemporary design offers a stark architectural contrast to the fortress. Thus a mere glance at the Mönchsberg suffices to recognize the symbiosis of tradition and modernity omnipresent in this city: on the one side the fortress as a superb example of medieval building history and on the other the museum representing modern architecture with its clear, simple forms.
A dream destination for any romantic
Sooner or later on your visit to Salzburg you will pass by one of Europe’s most enchanting palaces. Mirabell Palace, with its grand Marble Hall – considered one of the world’s most beautiful wedding venues – is a dream excursion for romantic breaks. The breathtaking lakeside setting of Leopoldskron Palace, on the other hand, made it famous all over the world, as several scenes for The Sound of Music were filmed here. And anyone who experiences the palace and its peerless ambience will understand why.
Gigantic "wing" of steel and glass
Only a few hundred metres from this romantic location one enters a completely different world: the ultramodern and spectacular "Hangar-7", a prestige project of Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz. This hangar is more than just an exhibition area for historic aircraft and other aviation-related objects: the exterior resembles a gigantic wing that – in spite of its 1,200 tons of steel and 380 tons of special glass – gives the impression of being remarkably dynamic and virtually weightless. Inside, the hangar’s stunning arched ceiling stretches above an extensive exhibition that impressively combines technology, art and entertainment.
Visit the baroque city of Salzburg in Austria with Albatross Tours. On offer are a variety of unique escorted tours visiting Salzburg throughout the year including festive Christmas tours, and small group tours travelling during the Summer months.
Courtesy of Austrian National Tourist Office