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

Experiences

  • The Baroque Dom is one of Salzburg's masterworks. From the arched entranceway on arrival to the 250-foot marble façade, 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 trip up the hill above the city, offering 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

  • Four miles to the south, the Schloss Hellbrunn features a wide selection of "trick" fountains, spurting 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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