Most often than not, when people talk about Austria, Vienna always comes to mind first. But Austria is definitely not just about Vienna, there are other equally beautiful and family-friendly places in the country where you can enjoy your holiday vacation with your kids.
Bordering with Germany, Salzburg is the best place to see the views of the Eastern Alps. There are impressive baroque building and medieval structures in the old town that the family can visit. This travel article is all about Mozart’s home town of Salzburg. Read on to learn more about the places you can visit on your next Austrian trip.
1. Hohensalzburg Castle
Located high above the top of the hill of Festungsberg, Hohensalzburg Castle is one of the main attractions in Salzburg that attract millions of tourists each year. Sitting atop the hill, this fortress can be reach by riding the funicular, which is an all-time favorite of the young ones. The moment you ride the funicular and while you are up in the castle, you will also have the best seat to see the amazing view of the city. An interesting fact about Hohensalzburg is that it is the biggest fully preserved castle in all of Central Europe.
2. Hellbrunn Palace
With a history of more than 400 years, Hellbrunn Palace has always been a favorite place not only of Markus Sittikus, the prince-archbishop of Salzburg who built the palace in the early 1600s, but also of the millions of tourists who visit the place every year. There are fun and exciting things that the kids will love in the palace and some of those are the trick fountains. Aside from that, you will also be able to stroll around the area and check out the rooms or learn about the history of the place.
Putting color and contrast to the medieval and baroque building that adorn the entire city, Hangar-7 is rather futuristic. Unlike the historical buildings in the Baroque Historical building, Hangar -7 is pretty new. It was completed in 2003, and is strategically situated in Salzburg Airport to offer kids and visitors of all ages a view of some excellent collections of historical airplanes, helicopters, and Formula One racing cars. There are cafes, bars, lounges, and art galleries in the area where you can take the kids. It also serves as the home of an Austrian aviation team, the Flying Bulls.
4. Mozart’s birthplace
Among the most famous artists and personalities that lived in Salzburg, Wolfgang Mozart is definitely one of the most notable. Hence, it does not come as a surprise that his home at No. 9 Getreidegasse in Salzburg, Austria is now a major tourist attraction and a place that traveling families love to take their kids to. Today, the house where Mozart lived serves as a museum with a tour that showcases the life of the world-renowned artist. Unique exhibitions also display his letters, memorabilia, and musical instruments in the museum.
5. Salzburger Weihnachtsmuseum
Less than 10 minutes away from Mozart’s birthplace is the Salzburger Weihnachtsmuseum or the Christmas Museum. Take the kids there to witness the collection of Krampus cards and Christmas figurines. This place is definitely close to every child’s heart.
6. Mirabell Palace and Gardens
Bright, colorful, and beautiful flowers dotted the Mirabell Palace and Garden, which is a cultural heritage monument and considered to be one of the most significant concert halls in all of Austria. The baroque garden that was featured in “The Sound of Music”has become a dream destination for anyone who wants to relive a scene from the famous movie. In addition, Mirabell Hall is the very hall where Mozart used to play his timeless pieces.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this expansive Baroque architectural complex was once the center of the prince-archbishop’s power. Today, Domquartier’s rooms, galleries, and museums offer art and cultural history tours. Visiting this place is certainly a treat, since its doors were not opened to the public until 2014, after being closed for 200 years.
8. Salzburg Museum
The museum that carries that city’s name, the Salzburg Museum that is housed in Neuen Residenz, provides visitors with a view of the artistic and cultural history of the city. The museum has exhibits with collections ranging from science, art, literature, photography, architecture, and music that the kids will love. On top of that, you can also marvel and learn from a number of appealing presentations and valuable art objects.
Now, the next two things I am going to talk about aren’t places but rather tours that will surely optimize your Salzburg holiday experience. These tours will take you to a collections of places with great significance to the life and culture of the people who live in the city.
9. The Sound of Music Tour
This tour basically revolves around the filming locations of the famous “The Sound of Music” movie in Salzburg. So expect to be amazed! When you sign up for this, you be able to visit the beautiful locations where scenes from the movie were filmed, which will be a great experience for you and for your little ones. Trips to Mirabel Gardens and Hellbrunn Castle are part of the itinerary, plus other places such as Leopoldskron Castle, Nonnberg Abbey, and St Gilgen and Lake Wolfgang.
10. Eagle’s Nest in Berchtesgaden Tour from Salzburg
This tour will take you beyond the corners of the city, but is a great way to enjoy the stunning scenery of the Bavarian Alps. The tour normally lasts for half a day, giving the family time to enjoy the journey. Eagle’s Nest is known to be Hitler’s former mountain retreat or vacation home. What else to expect? Well, no less than breathtaking panoramic views await you and your little ones. There is so much to see and so much to discover, so enjoy and have fun on this exciting excursion.
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