Salzburg is a more modern city than the others that we visited. It has a train station, unlike the other towns that we were in, and it doesn’t have nearly as many quaint looking houses or buildings. However this doesn’t mean that Salzburg doesn’t have history. In fact, Salzburg is not only famous for being the filming place of the old musical Sound of Music, but also for being the hometown of the world renowned musician and composer, Mozart.
Though the Sound of Music does have its fame, the Austrian musician Mozart is perhaps even more famous. Nearly every souvenir shop you visit will have its fair share of Mozart decorated chocolates, pens, magnets, and sometimes even plates! You won’t be able to find many other souvenirs that aren’t decorated with Mozart’s face. As for landmarks, you can visit Mozart’s house and even walk on a bridge named the Mozart Bridge.
Set in World War ll, The Sound of Music is about a wealthy Austrian family named the Von Trapp family. Captain Von Trapp, father of seven children and a veteran of the navy, hires Maria from the abbey as a governess. Later, Maria and the Captain fall in love, but have to escape the Germans shortly after their wedding. This romantic musical was filmed both inside the city of Salzburg, and outside. Some of the filming sites are the magnificent church in Mondsee a town outside Salzburg, Mirabella Gardens, and Nonnberg Abbey which lies on a hill above Salzburg.
Since Salzburg doesn’t have any breathtaking mountains nearby, the city has to settle for tourism as its main business. That doesn’t mean that Salzburg isn’t worth visiting however. It just means that you get to spend your time having fun through shopping, visiting famous landmarks around the city, and eating at some of the pretty little restaurants nestled near the river. If you do decide to visit Salzburg, I hope you have a marvelous time in this fun, touristy, city!