Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart and the main filming location for the Sound of Music, practically has music seeping out of its every corner. Pretty Baroque architecture defines the Old Town, while the Salzach River and Alps mountains in the distance create a postcard-worthy picture. Whether you come in the summertime for the world-famous annual music festival or in winter for the festive Christmas season, there’s no bad time to visit Salzburg.
The picturesque Mirabell Gardens is instantly recognisable as the setting for the Do-Re-Mi sequence in The Sound of Music. Stroll around the pond here, then make your way to the historic centre of Salzburg, which is full to the brim of charming cafes, stunning buildings and historic landmarks. Check out the Old Residenz Palace, High Salzburg Fortress and Mozart’s birthplace for a sense of the city’s fascinating history.
For traditional Austrian delicacies, head to Old Market Square, where you’ll find dozens of food vendors selling pretzels, sausages and cheeses galore. Wash it all down with a steaming glass of Glühwein (mulled wine) for good measure.
If you’re looking for ideas for a day trip outside the city, Kapfenberg is 2.5 hours away by car, and you can get to Innsbruck in less than two hours by train.