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Culture of Salzburg. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Salzburg Salzburg is home to numerous unique historical attractions. The beautiful Hellbrunn Palace never ceases to attract tourists. The famous place of interest was built in the middle of the 16th century. Hellbrunn Palace is surrounded by a lush garden on all sides. By the way, on the territory of the garden are found several water springs. This important discovery has allowed the architects of this complex to make a network of beautiful fountains, so visiting Hellbrunn Palace will become an unforgettable experience.
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Speaking of natural attractions of this place, we should definitely mention beautiful Mirabell Gardens. Visit this place and you will find here cozy shady squares and beautiful marble sculptures and fountains - the garden is always distinguished by wonderful atmosphere of harmony and tranquility. During the daytime tourists are the main guests of this place, and on evenings here come locals, who enjoy having rest in the garden after a long working day.
Fans of excursions will be interested in visiting the home of Mozart. In this house was born and spent his childhood this internationally famous music genius. The atmosphere in the house restores past times as close as possible, so visitors can see how has lived little Mozart. Don’t forget to visit the ballroom, which is considered the most beautiful room of the mansion. There is another landmark that is connected with the name of the great composer – the Viennese garden pavilion. Here Mozart was working over one of his great works - "The Magic Flute". Nowadays this place is very popular among composers and musicians, who visit this historical site in order to find inspiration. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Salzburg Cathedral is the best-known religious landmark of the city. Originally a Romanesque church stood on the site of the magnificent cathedral. Today only a survived ancient font remains of that church. This is the place where took place the christening of Mozart. The interior decoration of the cathedral was performed by the famous architect Santino Solari. Even nowadays visitors of the cathedral are amazed by unforgettable beauty and atmosphere of this place. Salzburg is also home to one of the oldest castles in Europe - Hohensalzburg. The construction of the castle was completed in the 11th century. The fortress really has dark and unapproachable look. Behind the massive walls of the castle are hidden luxurious rooms that are decorated with skillful wooden carvings and gilt trim. The famous fortress keeps many rare and precious artifacts, the most famous of which is the ancient organ named "Salzburg Bull".
Salzburg No Austrian city can be considered such without being associated with Christmas, as it is on this exact holiday that any city in Austria (and in particular, those located at the foot of the Alps) becomes a living embodiment of a Christmas village. Salzburg is very lucky – it so happens to be surrounded by majestic mountains, and is in itself almost an ideal place for the settlement of Weihnachtsmann. It is no surprise therefore that the Salzburger Weihnachtsmuseum is located here. The exhibits of the museum include everything that can only be connected with a religious holiday. Interesting history about the traditions of certain nationalities are told here too.
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Marionette Museum is another beautiful museum. Children will certainly like it here. Among its exhibits are fairy-tale characters, which seem as though they were inviting you to a fairy tale. Well, visitors are not reluctant to join in on the action. The museum itself is situated in the Salzburg Fortress (Festung Hohensalzburg), and entrance is completely free of charge. Dom zu Salzburg, in addition to being an excellent example of baroque architecture, is famous for the fact that it houses a remarkable museum of religion and church, where you can find out everything relating to these topics. Here you will find frescoes, sculptures, and paintings depicting sacred activities.
Salzburg Those who love walking around majestic ruins and at the same time experiencing unity with history, must definitely visit Richterhöhe am Mönchsberg. By the way, the view of the ruins themselves is simply spectacular from afar. On the other hand, the hometown of Mozart, and in particular the Hohensalzburg Fortress, offers a grand panoramic view. Here “rests in peace” a medieval fortress, from which several towers were preserved. Amazingly beautiful building can be seen at Herbert-v.-Karajan-Platz, as here is situated a sculptural composition Pferdeschwemme (Horse Well). When the fountain is operational, the place acquires a romantic sound – it seems as though everything is saying that you do not need to lose time in vain.
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There is another side to the city which will open to those who like to discover new faces and are determined enough for this. The Salzburg catacombs which are part of St. Peter’s Abbey and located near the Petersfriedhof cemetery, are also very interesting to visit. The exact time of its construction is unknown, but it is believed to have been in the early Christian period. Previously, they (the catacombs) were used as monks’ cells. If you are lucky enough to find where the small stairs are, then you are going to be able to visit the graves of monks.
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Hohensalzburg Castle, Salzburg

» The Hohensalzburg Castle is a medieval fortress located on a high mountain. It was built in 1077.
»  Originally, the castle belonged to archbishop Gebhardt I. The foundation is all that remains of that building. The castle has been rebuilt and strengthened and finally become a mighty fortress.
»  In 1500, the world’s first funicular was constructed. They delivered different goods to the fortress.
»  Over the years of its existence, the fortress had been besieged once for 61 days during the uprising in 1525. The big fortress has never been looted or destroyed even during the bombing in 1944.
»  In the 19th and 20th centuries, there were barracks, a jail, and warehouses in the castle.
»  Nowadays, the fortress is one of the most popular tourist sites in Salzburg. The fortress is linked with the city center by a cable railway.
»  Some of the most interesting museum sites are Princely Chambers with a medieval interior, the Fortress Museum that houses the big collection of weapons of different ages, the death mask of Field Marshal Radetskiy, the Museum of Puppets, and the Archduke Rainer Regiment Museum.
»  On Sundays, the wind orchestra performs and festive parades are held in the fortress. Fanfares are heard throughout the district.

Salzburg Cathedral, Salzburg

» Salzburg Cathedral was built by archbishop Vergilius of Salzburg at the site of the first Christian church in 774.
»  For many centuries, the cathedral had been destroyed by fire many times: in 1167, 1312, 1598, and 1859. It was last destroyed during the bombing in 1944.
»  The cathedral was restored in 1959. On the gate, there is a plate with three dates of cathedral sanctification: 774, 1628, and 1959.
»  In the cathedral, there are 11 altars and 5 organs. 10 000 people can attend services at the same time. The bells in the bell tower were cast in the 16th-17th centuries. The portal is decorated with statues of Vergilius and Rupert, bishops who lived here and were patrons of Salzburg in the 8th century.
»  In 1756, Wolfgang Mozart was baptized in a medieval font cast in 1321. When Mozart grew up, he worked here as an organist.
»  There is also the shrine of archbishops of Salzburg.

Hellbrunn Palace, Salzburg

» Hellbrunn Palace was built upon the order of Prince-Archbishop Markus von Hohenems in 1615. Originally, it was a summer residence. The prince had lived in Italy and loved Italian architecture since childhood. So, he invited Italian architects to build the residence.
»  Besides the castle, the Monatsschlössl Hunting House, the stone outdoor theatre carved in a rock cleft, and the Mechanical Theatre, where 265 statues of people of different professions are set in motion by the water, were built.
»  There is also a park with ponds, fountains, statues, and figurines of animals. Its total area is 60 hectares. Water entertainments are available due to the water of natural streams running down from the mountain. There are no such constructions in the world.
»  The palace and the park has survived to this day. Here, festivals, celebrations, international conferences, and seminars are held.
»  In 1961, a zoo was opened in the palace. It is very popular with tourists.

Mirabell Palace, Salzburg

» Mirabell Palace is the most admirable place in Salzburg. It was built in 1606.
»  One legend says that the palace was given to Salome Alt from Archbishop Wolf Raitenau. They could not marry but this did not prevent them from having 15 children.
»  The palace was rebuilt many times. After the fire in 1818, only the Marble Hall and the marble staircase have been preserved. The palace has become more modest.
»  The main attraction of the Mirabell Palace is its gardens that are the next best thing to the Gardens of Versailles. In the center of the park, there is a fountain surrounded by sculptures of Ancient Greek gods. These statues have been preserved since 1690.
»  In the park, there is also the Garden of Dwarfs where you can see 28 small funny sculptures of these citizens.
»  The most beautiful place in the palace is the Marble Hall. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart performed here once.
»  Nowadays, wedding ceremonies are held here. It is the best wedding hall in Austria. The Mirabell Palace and Park are under the protection of UNESCO.

Stift Sankt Peter, Salzburg

» St Peter's Abbey was founded in 690 at the foot of the Mönchsberg. Hermits had lived in caves of the mountain before. These caves still exist today.
»  St. Rupert found a friary here. The relics of St. Rupert were buried under the altar in the monastery.
»  There had been an archbishops’ residence since 793 until 1110.
»  In 1622, the Catholic University was opened in the abbey. Nowadays, it is the University of Salzburg. In the abbey, there is the oldest library in Austria. It houses 100 000 books about art, the history of the abbey, Salzburg, and its surroundings. You need to obtain a special permit to enter the library.
»  Behind the monastery, there is an old cemetery. On gravestones, you can see a special date, 803. The abbey still sells burial sites to rich citizens.
»  The abbey owns a big land plot and a bakery where rye bread is baked.
»  Although it is still a working man’s monastery, some rooms are open for tourists.
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What to visit during two-day excursion in Salzburg

Hohensalzburg
Where: The cableway departs from Festungsgasse 4, Salzburg;
Altstadt
Hagenauer Haus
Where: Getreidegasse 9, Salzburg;
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Map of all palaces
Public palaces near Salzburg
♥   Palace 'Alte Residenz' Salzburg, 0.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Herrenchiemsee' , 47.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Salzburg and around
♥   Art museum 'Museum der Moderne Salzburg' Salzburg, 0.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Residenzgalerie' Salzburg, 0.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Salzburg
♥   Wallfahrtsbasilka Maria Plain, Bergheim bei Salzburg, 4.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilika St. Michael, Mondsee, 24.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Gnadenkapelle, Altötting, 54.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilika St. Anna, Altötting, 54.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Wallfahrtskirche Maria Puchheim in Attnang, Attnang-Puchheim, 55.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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