Scholoss Hellbrunn was built between 1613 and 1619 under the orders of Markus Sittikus von Hohenems. As the archbishop had spent part of his life in Italy, he tried to create an Italian atmosphere in this castle and its gardens. Unlike many other palaces, Hellbrunn has undergone no style changes, so even today visitors can [...]
The Residenzplatz, with the Residenzbrunnen of Untersberg marble, the largest and finest Baroque fountain this side of the Alps, is the work of an Italian sculptor (1656-61). It stands 50 feet high, with figures of bold horses, Atlas figures bearing dishes, dolphins, and a Triton with a conch shell at the top. Unfortunately, this magnificent [...]
The city of Salzburg will forever be associated with its most famous son Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and the house on Getreidegasse (number 9) in which Mozart was born on January 27, 1756. This site is by far the city’s biggest crowd-puller, and the mansion now houses the Mozart Museum. Objects on display include Mozart’s violins, [...]
The Mirabellgarten is full of fountains, statues, trees, and flowers. Even when the weather is terrible (like when we were there), it is still beautiful… and scenes from The Sound of Music were filmed here!
The Festung Hohensalzburg (Hohensalzburg Fortress) was first built by Prince Archbishop Eberhard in 1077. Initially, this was little more than a bailey with a wooden wall, serving mostly for the protection of Imperial troops of the Holy Roman Empire. The Fortress that stands today is the result of many phases of redesign. The climb up [...]
Salzburg’s Dom cathedral is the largest of the city’s 36 churches and serves as the backdrop for the annual Jedermann Festival. The building we see today was erected in 1620-28 by the architect Santino Solari and consecrated by Archbishop Paris Lodron, during the chaos of the Thirty Years’ War.
Salzburg is the fourth-largest city in Austria. The “Old Town,” with its world famous baroque architecture, is one of the best-preserved city centers in the German-speaking world. It is the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the setting for parts of the musical and film The Sound of Music. Here are some photos from around [...]
We had a great one year anniversary! We woke up to a beautiful snow-covered Salzburg, and spent the day wandering around the town. That night we went to a candlelit Mozart dinner concert at the Stiftskeller St. Peter restaurant (the restaurant was first documented in the year 803). We listened to the most popular Mozart [...]
In the middle of the Linzergasse, an impressive gate leads you to the Kapuzinerberg. The oldest indications of walls on the Kapuzinerberg Mountain date back to the 13th century; however, these walls proved to be insufficient for Salzburg during the Thirty Years War. Between 1629 and 1632, the Southern side of the mountain was heavily [...]
The impressive Dreifaltigkeitskirche (Holy Trinity Church) was constructed in 1694 by the famous Baroque master builder Fischer von Erlach. With its twin towers and sweeping facade, the exterior is among the most excellent examples of the unexaggerated Baroque style.