This famous alpine route joins the Austrian states of Salzburg and Kärnten and goes through Alpenhauptkamm. This 48 kilometer alpine route makes its way from Bruck in Salzachtal, through the so-called Hochtor Step towards Heiligenblut to reach the highest peak in Austria, the Grossglockner (3,798 m). With 36 corners and a maximum ascent of 2504 meters, this route offers a unique experience in nature. Only open at the start of May and end of October.
I visited this impressive castle during the Eurocup celebration in 2008. It offers breathtaking views of the city and the Alps. No less impressive are the terrace restaurant and its litre beers. The city of Mozart is magnificent, and it has an interesting cemetery at the foot of Hohensalzburg Castle.
Mozart's figure is omnipresent in Salzburg giving way to two major attractions, Mozart's two city residences, which are now museums. The first with a yellow facade was Mozart's Birthplace, where you can see different objects, some originals and other replicas, used by the famous musician. The second (Mozart Wohnhaus - Monchsbergpark 8), across the river in the newer part of the city, is where he lived when he was older. The collection of pianos, player pianos and similar instruments is remarkable. For obvious reasons of conservation and security, pictures are not allowed inside, so I could only photograph the exterior.
Salzburg is unusually excessive, baroque, smug and monumental... which is great! So, the royal families have always chosen this city to host their palaces and so "balance" a bit of their own magnificence with totalitarian image of the Benedictines in the city. The Mirabell Palace is the most important of them and possibly the most beautiful of all. Its gardens, constantly cared for, its flora and geometry change according to the season. Over 200 classical music concerts are held inside in the "Marble Hall". Its maze garden gnomes and outdoor theater we used to imagine the idyllic life that ran through this place where the nobility kept their families away from hypocrisy and political corruption. In Salzburg you can see that double standard of power in every corner of the city-museum.
It is also known as Virgil Cathedral, after the man who first ordered its construction. It is framed in German Baroque style, although the start of its construction dates from the 8th century AD, when it possibly would have been the same place of worship for the earlier Germanic or Celtic tribes. The first impression is that the cathedral is in keeping with the rest of Salzburg's beautiful city, where each building appears in harmony with the next. Two towers preside over a very nice square, which invites people inside, where we met a monk with an Argentine accent who sold us stamps in many languages. The interior keeps with the Baroque style, perhaps less ornate than the Italian or Spanish baroque, but very tasteful. Worth the visit.
Crossing the center of the city to which it gives its name and, skirting the salt mines and the Hohensalzburg Castle, this beautiful river is the backbone of the city. On its banks you can find the current leisure center and nice houses to admire ... At night it offers beautiful views and a nice place to enjoy a refreshing breeze ...
The varied environment of Krimmler Falls changes from a vast Austrian lake district to these waterfalls in Salzburg, Austria. The truth is that it changes dramatically since you approach a hilly winding road that's besieged. Preparation to climb to the top of the waterfall starts with good sausage and a beer, or maybe two pitchers would be a better idea because your strength will start to go around 1000 meters into the climb, at least that was my experience anyway. It would be better for the elderly and most everyone to have a little more fuel on their way up. The best part of the day is looking at things from one of the many lookout points along the waterfall. If my memory is correct, there's also a place where you can finish the tour in a water museum with water games where children can't even contain their excitement.
The biggest ice caves in the world are near the Austrian town of Werfen. To get there, you need to walk about 20 minutes from the parking lot, take a funicular and walk another 20 minutes as the caves are at the top of a mountain. Once inside, the guide will take visitors through a track, explaining geological history of the cave and its discovery. The caves are not lit and visitors are given a flashlight to see inside the cave. You get good views of the Austrian Alps.
St Gilgen is a bustling town located by the lake Wolfgansee in the state of Salzburg. Although Mozart never lived here, the whole town pays homage to the musician as his grandfather lived here, his mother was born here and his sister lived here. There is a fountain dedicated to Mozart and, nearby, a young woman plays the violin.
When I make a list of the cities in which I've spent the most time, of course I look at Madrid, where I live, Munich, where I worked for two years, and my hometown of Leon, where I spent many summers. But the city that I've visited the most times is Salzburg. This Austrian gem is a little over an hour's drive from Munich, and I've been here at least eight times. The historic center of Salzburg is one of those places you just have to see, although not everyone is impressed. Some visitors are surprised by its unexpected beauty, while others, with higher expectations, feel let down. It's true that the first time I came here, I was a little disappointed. But after seeing it 3, 5, 7 times...in snow, in rain, in sun, during festivals, during quiet times, during the Christmas market...I truly became a Salzburg addict. I realize now that it's one of the things I miss most about my life in Bavaria: the ability to take the train just one hour and find myself in this charming Austrian city.
If you aren't satisfied with just a stroll along the banks of the River Salzach or in the old and modern streets of Salzburg, you can get some exercise by climbing uphill to the Capuchin Monastery, built in the 16th century. After the effort and resting a little while, you can follow a path just below which takes you to the lookout where you can enjoy spectacular views of the city under the welcomed shade of the surrounding trees.
In summer, Kapitelplatz is full of dozens of stalls selling crafts, food and delicious Austrian wine, and in winter there's a giant chess set and a Christmas market. Whenever Salzburgers want to celebrate something, they come to this square between the Cathedral and the Fortress flanked by the Bishop's Palace and University. It's a fairly large square and when the summer fairs or Christmas markets come to town, you won't believe the number of stalls and carousels they fit there. When I came in winter, it was almost deserted except for the ice cream sellers and the giant chess set. I was left wondering what it must be like during the full Christmas swing.
For the comfort, or for those who want to enjoy a mini amusement park experience, take the funicular ride up to the Fortress of Salzburg in less than two minutes, saving a considerable hike and avoiding the steep rock climbing to reach the castle. There is another way up and down, which is walking, but since the ticket price includes transportation, and the stairs aren't really interesting, take advantage of the opportunity to see the city open up before your eyes while enjoying a sense of vertigo. On your way out, before heading out to the street, there is a small Funicular museum, which exhibits the plans up to the continuous renovations and its relationship with the Alm water pipes. There is also a small shop/Amber museum, another little known resource for visitors to Salzburg.
It is a small cemetery, next to the San Gabriel chapel. It is the resting place of the mortal remains of most members of the Mozart family, which is famous for the Austrian musician and composer WA Mozart. While there we found graves of parents and other relatives. Very quiet and lonely, but it is different from other famous cemeteries.
The Pasterze glacier is the largest glacier,and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Austria. It is located the Hohe Tauern National Park and can be seen very clearly from the Franz Joseph - Hohe (a view point where you can also admire the Grossglockner) One thing: the length of the glacier is shrinking by about 10 meters per year and has shrunk by half since the first measurements in 1851. If you like walking, you can go down on the funicular to the lookout made on the mountainside, and then walk down the rest of the way.
In the region of Salzburg, covering the area of the calcareous Alps, I went into one of the most beautiful areas on my trip to Austria, the Salzkammergut or "lakes region"; 650 km² with 27 sublime lakes. I cannot imagine a better introduction to the "Salt City", a host of people to the shores of each of them. Every Austrian village is a work of art and a celebration of beauty in every balcony. Living in this region is a dream that I have had since then. No one here misses a sunny day to go out with the boat in the shelter of gigantic mountains and dense forests on the high ground. The region has livestock breeding, and even here the cattle do not receive the care of the Tyrolean, which is a real party, it remains an idyllic spectacle. The sports tourism area is of special interest: scuba diving, windsurfing, sailing and hiking. But the spectacular setting, the peace that imbues you as you stand before such a work of nature and the tranquility of the human constructions, that fully respect the environment make a unique experience for anyone.
In the town of Sankt Wolfgang there are boat cruises that depart more or less every half hour so that you can take a tour of all the towns that are on the shores of Lake Wolfgangsee. One of the most important of those, that deserves more credit than it gets, in my opinion, is Sankt Gilgen, which is famous for being the birthplace of Mozart's mother. The scenery offered this boat ride is very, very nice and on the banks of this lake we find the summer home of Emperor Franz Joseph I and Ferienhort Foundation (a nonprofit organization that offers youth summer camps).
This "horse well" was built by Fischer von Erlach at the same time as the front part of the stables. Restored in 1732, it has undergone several changes including a new orientation of the "Der Rossebändiger" statue and the fresco paintings of Josef Ebner. The place is really colorful and nice to admire, especially for fans of these animals!