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The beauty of Salzburg is evident from the moment your plane begins its descent and the mountainous landscape emerges from the clouds. Surrounded by hills and lakes, as well as a history and a legacy of artistic output, this picturesque Austrian city has rightfully earned its place on the Unesco World Heritage List.
Ideal for short breaks, Salzburg truly is the stuff of fairy tales, with its alpine backdrop and antiquated feel. The mighty Hohensalzburg Castle (accessible via funicular) bellows over the old town – a historic quarter decorated with market squares, lavish baroque churches and cobbled streets.
Home to Mozart and the Von Trapps, Salzburg’s musical predilection is palpable all round. Classicists make the pilgrimage to Amadeus’s birthplace at No. 9 Getreidegasse, while musical theatre fans have been known to dominate the Mirabell Gardens – where the Von Trapp children learned to sing Do-Re-Mi.
For many, the city’s musical heritage will be sustenance enough, but for those wishing to sample traditional Austrian fare, specialities including sausages, schnitzels and strudels are easily found. For the best of both, wed music and mastication with a visit to Café Mozart and sample some Mozartkugel before picking up a handful of Mozart emblazoned chocolate with your bill.
Ideally located in the Museum and Art Scene District, Blaue Gans is unpretentious and authentic in style. Salzburg’s oldest inn, erected in 1350, Awarded the title of the city’s first boutique hotel, modern-meets-vintage style rooms range from standard size to to city flats.
A catch-all central location, the hotel is nested opposite of the Festival Hall with its famous horse pond, Salzburg’s Golden Mile shopping street is right on your doorstep and Mozart’s Birthplace just a few minutes away.
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Simple yet comfortable, Hotel Amadeus offers a quiet spot that is within walking distance of Mirabell Gardens and Kapuzinerberg Hill. The back of this four-star hotel overlooks the leafy St Sebastian cemetery where some of Mozart’s family are buried. Guests can take in the peaceful views with a relaxing beverage on the hotel terrace, before heading out to explore the bustling Linzergasse Street that leads down towards the Salzach River.
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Among the highlights of this four-star hotel are the romantic suites, aimed at couples. With beautiful free-standing bath tubs, artistically decorated walls and arched doorways, rooms provide a fairy tale feel perfect for a loved-up getaway. The classic rooms are also bright and cheerful, with wooden floors and comfortable beds. There’s a spa and an indoor swimming pool to boot, while the central location is convenient for exploring all the key sights.
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