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Visit Salzburg, Austria (UNESCO site)

Salzburg may be best known as the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the revered 18th century composer. Although Mozart is honored in many places throughout the city, Salzburg has its own identity as a city that displays examples of great Baroque architectural jewels and a base for forays into the surrounding alpine region. Salzburg is the capital of the Austrian State of the same name and the 4th most populous city in the country. The Alstadt (Old Town) has a very well preserved city centre that is a favorite place to visit for tourists. Within a few blocks visitors can tour Salzburg Cathedral (the site of Mozart’s baptism), Hohensalzburg Castle, The Franziskanerchurch, The Residenz Palace (and its Residenzgalerie), Mozart’s residence and the Getreidgasse, a busy shopping area with restaurants and bars that is also the lane where the birthplace of Mozart can be found. Incredible architectural examples present themselves on nearly every corner of the Alstadt. Other compelling places to visit in an around Salzburg includes the Salzburg Zoo, Anif Castle and Schloss Kleissheim (a casino today but formerly a palace used by Adolph Hitler). Berghof, the home of the infamous “Eagles Nest” where Hitler maintained a retreat is another frequently visited site. Access to the surrounding mountains and lakes is typically high on the list of activities sought by visitor to Salzburg. Salzkammergut is a nearby resort area offering water sports, trekking, cycling paths and golf courses. The little towns in Salzkammergut typically have quaint cafes and restaurants offering the culinary specialties of the region. Salzburg is a gateway to ski mountains at Obertauern, near Lake Zauchensee and Gasteinertal that offers hot springs in addition to skiing adventures. Zell am See also offers provides a great ski mountain with incredible views and the quintessential Austrian Alps landscape. Most of these ski areas also provide options for summertime Alpine adventures. Your dream trip to Austria to experience the art and culture and gain access to recreation in the Austrian Alps will not be complete without including a visit to Salzburg on your list.
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