Romantic Days in Advent in the city of Salzburg
The Salzburg Festival is the undisputed highlight in the European theatre scene, whereas the Mozart Week in January attracts fans of classic music: The international foundation Mozarteum organises chamber and solo concerts as well as opera performances around Mozart’s birthday. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the most popular son of the town, is always in the focus. Therefore, a visit to the Mozart birth house and residence are a true highlight on your holiday in Salzburg.
In Advent, numerous traditional events shorten the waiting time for Christmas: At the beginning of December, the helpers of St. Nicholas are present in the streets, and on 21 December pre-Christmas Alpine traditions await you. Throughout December, the historic Christmas Market in Salzburg on the Cathedral and Residence Square get you in tune for Christmas with warm lights, mulled wine and biscuits made of cinnamon.
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The city of Salzburg, delightfully located on the shores of River Salzach, owes its fame to the composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the musical "Sound of Music", and the Salzburg Festival.
Salzburg stands in a breathtaking setting and contains magnificent architectural treasures. The Baroque spires of the old town, with the Festung Hohen Salzburg (fortress) rising behind, are an unforgettable sight. The old town is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.
Festung Hohensalzburg, the landmark of Salzburg, is Central Europe´s largest intact fortress and offers fantastic views of the city. The nearby vast Salzburg Dom is without doubt the main attraction of the old town. Inside there is the Romanesque font where Mozart was baptized.
Another highlight is Schloss Mirabell with its splendid gardens built by the baroque master builder Lukas von Hildebrandt.
At the foot of Mönchsberg you will find the so-called Festival District with the two famous festival halls (architect: Clemens Holzmeister; 1956-1960) and the Felsenreitschule, a baroque masterpiece designed by Fischer von Erlach in 1693. South of the center of Salzburg´s old town is the popular Schloss Hellbrunn with the world-famous Wasserspiele section containing many ingenious trick fountains and water-powered figures.
The capital of the province of Salzburg is the fourth-biggest city in Austria and, with its Baroque cupolas and churches, towered by the famous Hohensalzburg fortress, known as one of the most beautiful towns of the world.
The Illyrians gave the name "Iuvavum" ("seat of the Gods") to the city and the Celts and the Romans adopted it. In 696 the history of today´s city began, when St. Rupert founded the Abbey of St. Peter and Nonnberg Abbey. Under the rule of the Archdukes , the religious sovereigns of the country, the Fortress of Hohensalzburg was built and at the same time it became a Baroque residence. In 1816 Salzburg became a part of Austria and in 1920 capital of the Austrian province.
The city on the Salzach river owes its world fame to the composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart who was born here in 1756. In 1870 an international foundation called "Stiftung Mozarteum" was founded and since 1920 the Salzburg Festival has been held annually.