Tourists have been relentlessly flocking to Salzburg during summer for years now and with reason; the city, nestled within the Alps, provides an experience for the mind and body – from music to art to mountains and lakes, you’ll definitely remain entertained. Although Salzburg has become known for being the birthplace of famed musician Mozart and the reason for Julie Andrews rise to fame, there are many other sights to stare at, or listen to, in awe. That being said, here are some tips for a unique, and delicious, summer in Salzburg.
THE SOUND OF SALZBURG
Occurring every year since 1920, the Salzburg Festival (Salzburg Festspiele) has evidently become a tradition, spreading music throughout the quaint city of Salzburg – in alleys, in squares, by a museum, facing churches, just everywhere trembles with music. The festival began on the 21st of July and continues until the 31st of August, simultaneously celebrating opera and theatre. Although many acts are free to the public, certain performances require bookings so do visit the official website for more details.
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With seven palaces to choose from just in Salzburg, the magic can definitely be felt around the city, especially considering Mirabell Palace and Gardens have been around since 1606! The gardens of Mirabell come into full bloom during the summer, sprouting vibrant colours which are then used to create alluring patterns among the grass. Despite the fact that tourists are everywhere, the large compound ensures quiet spaces can be found, perfect for contemplating or for an Insta-shot, or both.
FEASTING LIKE A KING IN A CASTLE
Schlosswirt zu Anif was a castle before becoming a hotel-cum-restaurant hence a lush garden hugs the outer dining area which also happens to be surrounded by mountains, reminding patrons that yes, the hills are indeed alive with music. Besides being an ideal dining location during the summer, the food prepared by the restaurant can be compared to expensive fine-dining in terms of produce used and flavours executed. However, Schlosswirt zu Anif doesn’t charge an arm and a leg but instead offers rather affordable dining prices.
EXPLORING THE AUSTRIAN LAKE DISTRICT
Surrounded by a plethora of lakes varying in sizes and colours, Salzburg becomes a convenient location for lake-hopping – a must-do whilst visiting! Culture Vultures, take note: Attersee, located around 30-40 minutes away, boasts a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to numerous prehistoric pile dwellings that were found there; the acclaimed artist Gustav Klimt also used to vacation in the town of Attersee and even painted a depiction of the lake.
DINING ATOP A MOUNTAIN
Regardless of if you visit the town of Attersee, if you’re a foodie then do yourself a favour and visit Gasthaus Wachtberg for an unforgettable dining experience. It starts whilst driving along the curved roads cushioned into the mountain then crescendos upon viewing the lake and finally culminates when you taste the food, specifically the nougat ball dessert which oozes hazelnut. Word of advice: order fish as you’re dining in a fishing village.
WINTER IS COMING
All good things must come to an end, right? Perhaps not! Although a romantic summer dream, the fantasy can continue into winter as Salzburg has also become known as a skiing destination. For those unable to attend the Festspiele this summer, aim for white capped mountains instead.
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