Where Mozart’s cradle stood
When you think of Salzburg, certainly the first thing that comes to your mind is the musical genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who was born here in 1756. But walking in Salzburg’s greatest son’s footsteps is not all the historic city is able to offers visitors.
What makes Salzburg so appealing is the juxtaposition of history and contemporary lifestyle. Alongside the sensitively renovated old city (which was placed on UNESCO's list of the world's cultural and natural heritage on January 1, 1997), today’s Salzburg is as well a modern city and as an administrative centre it also provides services for a whole region.
Recent years have seen the creation of a number of impressive buildings which have brought the city international recognition. The many tourists visiting Salzburg today will find here a selection of first class hotels and restaurants meeting the highest international standards.
In addition to touring the major sights of Salzburg, including Mozart’ Birth Place, the imposing Cathedral and Palace where once Prince-Archbishops reigned supreme, we will discover some of the lesser known spots that often escape the attention of the general sightseer and that are associated with the history of this great city.
In 1756 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Salzburg's greatest son, was born here. 1842 saw the erection of a monument to him in what is today Mozart square. It was not until 1816 that the Kronland Salzburg became part of the Habsburg Empire.
The founding of the Salzburg Festival in the early years of this century brought new creative energy to the city, a stimulation still felt to this day. In 1964 the world famous film "The Sound of Music" was made in Salzburg. To this day numerous visitors wanting to see the film locations for themselves flock to the city.
Two significant cultural sites in Austria were placed on UNESCO's list of the world's cultural and natural heritage on January 1, 1997:
Salzburg Old City and Schönbrunn Palace.
In 1972 UNESCO agreed on a convention to protect internationally acknowledged objects of culture and nature.
Being on the list signifies that the individual cultural heritage requires a higher degree of protection: “Monumenta semper sunt servanda” - the cultural and natural heritage of the world must be protected.
Salzburg is well-known for its tradition, music, historic sights, cuisine and last but not least its mountains that cover a considerable territory of Austria.
Clean air, spectacular sights, giant mountains, crystal clear lakes, sunny glaciers, well-tended paths and hikes contribute to the Alps allure. Let’s learn more about natural resources and enjoy a day full of tradition combined with sportive and sensual activities in the mountains.