In Salzburg, the story-book Altstadt (old town), burrowed below steep hills, looks much as it did when Mozart lived there 250 years ago. Beside the fast-flowing Salzach River, your gaze is raised inch by inch to graceful domes and spires, the formidable clifftop fortress and the mountains beyond. It is a backdrop that did the lordly prince-archbishops and Maria proud. Beyond what Salzburg’s is best known for – Mozart and The Sound of Music – hides a city with a burgeoning arts scene, wonderful food, manicured parks, quiet side streets where classical music wafts from open windows, and concert halls that uphold musical tradition 365 days a year. Everywhere you go, the scenery, the skyline, the music and the history send your spirits soaring higher than Julie Andrews’ octave-leaping vocals.
The city is divided by the Salzach River, with medieval and baroque buildings of the pedestrian Altstadt (Old City) on its left bank, facing the 19th-century Neustadt (New City) on its right.
Its famous Salzburg Festival is comprised of recitals, concerts of orchestral and chamber music, church music, opera, and drama, with the music of Mozart as the main event.
The setting of the world famous hit The Sound of Music, Salzburg sees more than 300,000 fans every year as they walk in the footsteps of the Trapp family at the original shooting locations.
Where We Would Stay: Schloss Fuschl, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Fuschlsee-Salzburg
Nestled in Austria’s “Sound of Music” Salzkammergut region, overlooking Lake Fuschl, the storybook Schloss Fuschl, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa — dating back to 1450 and just a 25-minute drive from Salzburg city and its airport — is world-renowned for its spellbinding natural beauty and intoxicating atmosphere. The incomparable setting allows infinite outdoor activities, from swimming and hiking to golfing and vintage car rallies. Indoors, the wellness spa is dedicated to relaxation and rejuvenation, while their onsite restaurants afford unforgettable dining experiences with a view over Lake Fuschl. Each of their 110 guest rooms, luxury suites and lakeside cottages combines Old European charm with state-of-the-art opulence. Refined nuances like an Old Master painting collection and sparkling chandeliers add a regal air of sophistication and grandeur.
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