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Salzburg is one of Austria's favorite destinations for good reason. The Baroque city claims Mozart and The Sound of Music as its own—not bad, culturally speaking. In summer, visitors flock here for the music festival, but this Florence of the North is worth a visit year-round.
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  • Art and Culture

Experiences

  • The Baroque Dom is one of Salzburg's masterworks. From the arched entranceway to the 250-foot marble facade, it's a triumph of Renaissance-era engineering and design.
  • Built in 1606, the Mirabell Palace is known as the Taj Mahal of Salzburg. Constructed by Prince-Archbishop Wolf-Deitrich for his wife and 15 children, it was damaged by fire in 1818, though many of the prettiest pieces survived.
  • The 11th-century Fortress Hohensalzburg is worth the uphill trip and offers sweeping views and a collection of arms and armor. If you're feeling a bit tired, there's a funicular to the top every 10 minutes.

Festivals

  • Salzburg's famed Music Festival is usually the last week in July or the first in August.
  • Christmas sees the Advent Market, where visitors can buy regional Christmas decorations

Side Trips

  • Schloss Hellbrunn, 4 mi/6 km south of Salzburg, has a collection of trick fountains that spurt water from unexpected places. Bring a raincoat.
  • Many companies offer Sound of Music Tours, showing off locations where the musical was filmed. They depart from the Mirabell Palace.

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