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Sightseeing in Salzburg

Salzburg is divided by the Salzach River into the ‘old’ and ‘new’ towns with the Alstadt being on the west bank and Neustadt , the new city lying on the east bank.

The Festung Hohensalzburg Fortress watches over the town of Salzburg. Climb up or take the funicular to the top and get the most spectacular view of the mountains and city below.

The Altstadt or the old city houses the historic quarter of Salzburg. The maze of narrow alleyways are lined with buildings sporting Baroque architecture and it is interesting to just walk around these cobbled stoned paths till you hit the market square of Alter Markt right in the middle of Alsadt. This market buzzes with activity in the summer with little stalls selling everything from souvenirs to flowers! For Mozart aficionados, a visit to Mozarts Gerburthaus , the little house where the famed composer was born will prove to be enthralling. The house has been converted to a museum and is filled with Mozart memorabilia.

A hop, skip and jump away is the Universitatskirche which houses one of the largest chapels in all of Europe. What stands out is the marvelous Baroque architecture and it’s impressive dome.

Below the hill is the Nonnberg Abbey where Maria von Trapp of `Sound of Music' fame lived. To date it remains a private monastry.

The Dom (Salzburg Cathedral) is in the cathedral square. This was the seat of power of the archbishops who ruled this region down the ages. Massive bronze doors allow you inside and a little museum has on show relics of the past.

Cross the Salzach River and wander in to Neustadt , the new city. The Schloss Mirabell , today the seat of the city government, was built in the early 1600s by Archbishop Wolf Dietrich to house this supposedly celibate bishop’s mistress and their ten children! In the surrounding grounds is the Mirabellgarten a resplendent garden, where if you shut you eyes and strain your ears you just may hear those errant von Trapp children singing "do re mi"! Yes, this is where they supposedly romped and sang to their heart’s content!!!

Mozarts Wohnhaus is a little away and this is where the composer lived for about seven years and composed some of his best pieces. Today in the museum you can see clips on his life while his concertos play in the background.

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