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Welcome to the gateway of the Alps! Set against stunning backdrop of mountains the baroque city of Salzburg is a picture of elegance. With the hills and lakes of the Salzkammergut in the north as well as the snow peaked mountains in the south Salzburg offers a picture perfect scene at every turn making for unbeatable views for photographers!
The old city or Altstadt has been granted UNESCO World Heritage status and is within walking distance of all the main tourist attractions. The spectacular Hohensalzburg, Salzburg�s fortress can these days be easily accessed by the funicular as well as by foot along the narrow Festungsgasse.
Reputed to have the appearance of a typical Austrian city, Salzburg also has a great deal to offer that is by no means typical. Begin finding out by exploring the mysterious catacombs of St Peter�s Abbey (Peterskirche) and examining the architecture of the magnificent Domkirche built to rival the great St Peter�s Cathedral in the Vatican City.
In conjunction with Vienna, Salzburg offers some of the best examples of baroque architecture and many of them at that. The cultural identity of the city centres upon the unadulterated adoration of music. This is reflected in one way by the unmissable Salzburg calendar highlight, the Salzburger Festspiele, a celebration of the works of Salzburg�s greatest classical ancestor, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. During the festival the main venues of the Grosse and Kleine Festspielhauser become packed with lovers of Mozart. During the festival, booking is next to impossible due to the popularity of the event. Hard to envisage in this case that Mozart�s fame in Salzburg only occurred after his death. Where better to visit for the finest of classical music Austria has to offer than the city known as �the Stage of the World�.
The Salzburg Festival happens for one week during the summer. A time not to be missed, this is when the whole of Salzburg transforms into a musical and theatrical venue. During this particular event, it is not unusual for Salzburg to stage as many as 170 performances during one week. During the 250th anniversary of Mozart�s birthday, it is planned that 22 of the composer�s operas will be staged during 2006.
Visit Mozart�s home on the market square as well as his birthplace in the city�s principle shopping address, the Getreidegasse.
Spoilt for choice of beautiful buildings to explore, a simple walk in any direction will produce a flurry of impressive results. Grand buildings such as the Town Hall, the Hellbrunn Palace and its famous fountains, the Mirabell Palace and its beautifully landscaped gardens are everywhere as well as more humble specimens like the Nonnberg Convent and St Sebastien�s cemetery.
Exploring a city packed with tourist attractions can be an expensive affair especially when you have the family in tow so get yourself a Salzburg Card and make some drastic savings. For 19 euros (22 euros during the peak season), the 24 hour pass will allow you to use the public transport system free of charge as well as free admission to many of the local attractions.
A treasure trove of beautiful buildings and artistic surroundings, you should not miss the chance to explore the beautifully baroque Salzburg Cathedral. In addition to its impressive exterior, the cathedral has a breath-taking interior and is considered by many to be the most impressive piece of religious architecture this side of the Alps.
The Cathedral Museum offers seemingly magical exhibits of art treasures from the Middle Ages and is considered one of the main features in the city. Salzburg�s Museum of Modern Art is a trophy of Austrian art exhibiting the expressionist works of Boekl and Baumer situated on the side of a cliff for a sense of drama. For a historical art experience how about sampling the history of Salzburg exhibitions through art at the Carolino Augusteum Museum. Visitors will not be disappointed. When you find you have been well and truly bit by the �art bug� the Salzburg Baroque Museum holds impressive exhibitions on European painters between the 17th and 18th centuries.
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Salzburg W A Mozart Airport is situated 4 kilometres from Salzburg city centre.
If driving to Salzburg Airport the autobahns provide the quickest routes. If travelling from Italy, take the A10, the A8 should be taken from Munich and the A1 from Vienna. Please note at all times you are required to show a toll sticker called the Autobahnvignette. This allows use of the autobahn, and costs Euro 10.90 for two months or Euro 5.10 for 10 days.
The main Salzburg railway station is twenty miles away and is served by the number 2 bus to and from the airport. Salzburg railway station serves many of the most popular Austrian resorts of Radstadt, Zell am See, Altenmarkt and Bad Gastein. A single ticket costs Euro 1,80 and available from the bus driver or from the Newscorner inside the terminal.
Twice a day, the Airport Express bus runs from Salzburg Airport to the resort of Zell am See. Additionally a regular service runs between Zell am See, Kaprun, Saalbach and Hinterglemm and the airport.
Taxis are considerately placed outside of the terminal building. A single journey into the city centre will cost around Euro 8.