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Far Left: Mirabell Garden and Park at Mirabell Palace is most famous for being fea- tured in The Sound of Music. Top left: Cathedral Plaza in Salzburg is home to street artists, street musicians and very ornate and decadent pretzels. The pretzel kiosk sits between the northern side of the plaza and the entrance to the fortress funicular. The street musicians can be found just outside of the Salzburg Cathedral. Left: Much of Salzburg’s city centre is pedestrian friendly, including this open-air res- taurant and café just outside of Mozart’s birthplace, along Theatergasse. Opposite page: The Salzburg Cathedral, in the pedestrian area of Salzburg, is a 17th- century baroque cathedral and the site of Mozart’s baptism. The cathedral is free and open to visitors and is seen here from the Hohensal- zburg Fortress, or the Salzburg Fortress.


Fräulein Maria’s musical hills up close... What if you could see


in less than two hours by train or bus? T at’s the case in Salzburg, Austria, a quaint town settled in the Alps that has gained much, but not all, of its fame from Rogers and Hammerstein’s Sound of Music. T e Salzach River splits Salzburg into two distinct parts


known as Old Town and New Town. Travelers that have only one day to explore this city must be aware that a Sound of Music tour takes four hours on a bus, and there are so many other things to see, hear and do in Salzburg. Sound of Music lovers that travel to Salzburg can make note of a few iconic places from the movie and can visit them on their own schedule. A must-see among those is the Mirabell gardens, located in New Town. Come sing “Do-Re-Mi” as you enjoy the beauty of the gardens. Salzburg is the birthplace of famous composer Wolfgang


Amadeus Mozart, and travelers can visit his birthplace as well as his residence, complete with museum. T e city loves its tie to Mozart and this love can be seen on several street corners with Mozart chocolate, Mozart cutouts and even Mozart cologne. Famous composers aren’t the only thing the city loves.


While wandering around the diff erent open square’s in Old Town, the sounds of street music echoing off the shops


and cathedrals almost transport you into another time. Wandering the city to the tune of Salzburg is not something to forget. As you make your way from Mozart Platz, be sure to check out Stefu Tomic and other local street artists’ watercolor paintings of Salzburg, and grab one of the 16 varieties of fresh pretzels from the Original Bretzlstand that’s been in Kapitel Platz for 40 years. Once your senses and snack cravings have been fulfi lled,


walk past the life-size chess match and art displays and into the Salzburg Cathedral. T e air inside will feel a few degrees cooler while you stare up in admiration at the vast decorations on the walls and ceiling. T is is defi nitely a must see. Aſt er


leaving the church, look up and notice the


Hohensalzburg Fortress that stands watch over the city. If you decide to make the climb, be sure to wear walking shoes. T e climb is steep and there is a fee about half way up to enter the fortress, but the views from the top can compare with none. Inside, a few things to see include the marionette museum, outdoor restaurants and, of course, the panoramic view of Salzburg. Salzburg is a great place


for tourists to visit. The


history, musical charm and picturesque setting make it an unforgettable experience.


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