The national airline 'Austrian' welcomes you to Salzburg as the Official Carrier of the 2014 Coupe Mondiale!
Book your flights to the 2014 Coupe Mondiale in Salzburg online at www.austrian.com and save 15% on all applicable fares!
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- Booking period: now until November 2nd, 2014
- Valid for round trip flights to Salzburg from October 20th, 2014 until November 9th, 2014 (final date for return flight) on OS (Austrian Airlines) ooperated flights and code share flights with OS flight numbers.
Salzburg is a city in central Austria, near the German (Bavarian) border with a population of some 150,000 in 2013. If you have seen the movie The Sound of Music, you may think you know all there is to see in Salzburg. Admittedly, it is difficult not to burst into songs when you're walking along the Salzach River, or climbing up to the Hohensalzburg fortress which looms over the city. However, in addition to the association with Julie Andrews, and as Mozart's birthplace, visitors will discover an array of exciting attractions that makes this city one of the world's most popular tourist destinations!
Salzburg is the fourth-largest city in Austria (after Vienna, Graz and Linz) and the capital of the federal state of Salzburg. Its "Old Town", with its world famous baroque architecture, is one of the best-preserved city centers in the German-speaking world and was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.
The name Salzburg literally means "Salt Fortress", and derives its name from the barges carrying salt on the Salzach river, which were subject to a toll in the 8th century.
Traces of human settlements dating to the Neolithic Age and later a Celt camp have been found in the area. Starting from 15 BC, the small communities were grouped into a single town which was named by the Romans as Juvavum. Little remains of the city from this period. The Festung Hohensalzburg, the city's fortress, was built in 1077 and expanded in the following centuries. Independence from Bavaria was secured in the late 14th century.
Salzburg has been the capital of an independent state from the early 14th century until 1805. It was ruled by prince-archbishops, who became rich by the salt mines located in the south of the city. This led to the architectural gem you see today, as not only materials, but also architects were imported from Italy and other European countries. This is also the reason why, compared to other Austrian cities, sacral monuments outnumber the few secular buildings in every respect. This is how Salzburg got the nickname the Rome of the north. Everywhere you go in this city you see and read about the legacy of the Archbishops.
Some sights too see in Salzburg:
- Schloss Hellbrunn
Once the summer palace of the Archbishops of Salzburg it has lots of clever fountains and pretty gardens. Hellbrunn is surrounded by vast gardens and in the Steintheater (Stone Theater), the first opera in Middle Europe was conducted.
A long yet narrow street running parallel to the river in the centre of town, with lots of shops, famous for the old (or old-style) signs of profession outside each store.
- Hohensalzburg Fortress
Located on top of a mountain, the Festung offers breath-taking views of Salzburg and the Alps. One area of the fortress offers visitors the chance to look down on a field below to find only one house, the executioner's residence. It was believed to live anywhere near the executioner was bad luck. Inside the fortress is a museum of medieval weapons, life on the fortress, and torture instruments. Public concerts are often held here in the evenings, reservations are recommended. On nights with concerts, it is possible to remain within the walls past dark. To avoid the vertical hike up to the Fortress, a funicular is available to ride, for a fee.
- Mozart's Birth House
The Mozart family lived in this house in the heart of Salzburg from 1747-1773, where W.A. Mozart himself was born on 27 January 1756. The house is now a popular museum devoted to Mozart and his family, with interesting memorabilia and letters. Well worth a visit. Note the same organisation also runs the "Mozart Residence" museum (similar times and prices) which holds a 'Pictures of Mozart' exhibition, containing portraits of the man, as well as portraits of doubtful provenance.
- Mozart's Wohnhaus
Mozart's Residence, loacted at Makartplatz 8
- Schloss Mirabell
Located right next to the Salzach river and the Mozarteum University of Music and Arts lies a beautiful castle with gardens, built by an archbishop for his beloved courtesan. Watch out for the "Garden of Dwarfs" and the Garden of Roses. Inside, you find the marble stairs of Raffael Donner, and the world's most beautiful wedding hall, the Marble Hall. If you plan to marry there, reservations should be made at least a year in advance. Weddings in English are only held on Tuesday and Friday. If you don't speak German, you can't get married any other day!
- Dom zu Salzburg
Salzburg Cathedral. In Cathedral Excavations Museum you can see objects excavated from a Roman villa and foundations of the west towers of the Romanesque cathedral both of which stood in the area of today's cathedral.
- Salzburg Museum
Opened in 2007, the Salzburg Museum takes the stage in the magnificent setting of the Neue Residenz - the "New residential palace" - on Mozartplatz, and with an entirely new concept. Precious art objects, aesthetic presentation and an exciting conceptual approach combine to make a harmonious and integrated whole. The Salzburg Museum is living proof that a modern museum can inform and yet at the same time entertain its visitors.
- Toy Museum
The Spielzeugmuseum was founded in 1978, the Toy Museum has the largest collection in Austria of European toys. The "Kasperltheater" puppet show is held every Tuesday and Wednesday at 3PM for the past 25 years.
- Museum of Natural History (Haus der Natur Salzburg)
The Haus der Natur (founded in 1924) is the local natural history museum of Salzburg. It houses a large exhibition about all aspects of nature, a Science Center, an aquarium and a reptile zoo.
- Salzburg Museum of Modern Art
The Museum der Moderne Salzburg is housed in two locations: Wiener Philharmonikergasse 9, and Mönchsberg 32. The Salzburg Museum of Modern Art is on the cliff overlooking the old town. It houses contemporary art works from the 20th and 21st centuries, along with rotating international art displays.
- St. Sebastian Cemetery
Holds not only the graves of Mozart's wife Constanze Weber-Nissen, but also the must-see Mausoleum of Archbishop Wolf Dietrich.
- St Peter's Church, Cemetery, and Catacombs
Perhaps most remarkable are the small catacombs (€1 Adults, €0.60 Children) carved into the nearby cliff side. Climb up for a couple of small chapels and a nice overlook.
- Salzburg Zoo
The zoo is in south Salzburg and is open 365 days a year. It also has a petting zoo for children. There is a restaurant on site serving traditional Austrian dishes.
- The Untersberg
The mountain is perennially popular with tourists due to its proximity to the city of Salzburg, less than 16 km (10 miles) to the north of the mountain and within easy reach by bus. A variety of paths lead to the top, but most people use the cable car that lifts passengers over 1300m to the Geiereck peak. The cable car runs from the 'St Leonhard' station in the town of Gartenau to the station at the Geiereck peak.
This steep hill can be accessed through Linzergasse in the old part of town. Once you are in the forest, there are several paths that bring you to the top (where the Franziskischlössl fortification stands - today it's a restaurant) via either a paved road, no traffic, though, or a forest track with steps. There are several viewpoints along the way. The views of the city, and the Alps, are spectacular, the air is fresh and it makes for a superb little excursion without leaving the city.