The hills are alive with the sound of music - not only is the Austrian city of Salzburg ubiquitous with the classic film, but has also been home to some of the world's greatest musicians, most notably Mozart, who was born there. From music festivals to church choral performances and operas performed by marionettes, music reverberates throughout the city's streets and amongst the truly beautiful buildings found round every corner. Nicknamed the Golden City of High Baroque and Florence of the North by lovers of architecture, you'll simply marvel at the magnificent churches, the Renaissance-inspired palace of Schloss Hellbrunn surrounded by lush greenery, and the medieval quarter of Steingasse, found across the river Salzach. There's plenty of ways to explore this scenic city, whether it's on foot, by bike or by travelling by boat up and down the river. One of the best views can be enjoyed after ascending to Fortress Hohensalzburg, atop a high peak, with the gorgeous architecture paired with the natural scenery making for the perfect romantic spot.
Salzburg is home to one of the world's oldest music festivals, the Salzburg Festival, held every summer, hosting operas, concerts and plays across the city | The city is also perfect to visit at Christmas-time, with its traditional Christmas market selling hot food and drinks as well as decorations, arts and crafts | It is a very well-connected city, being easy to reach from both Vienna and Munich
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