Those Augustinians must have been the most popular monks in town for their rollicking beer garden. see our FAQ. These canals powered about 100 watermills in Salzburg, which were busily cranking as late as the 19th century. Salzburg's cathedral, constructed in the early 1600s, was one of the first grand Baroque buildings north of the Alps. On busy nights, it's like a Munich beer hall with no music but the volume turned up. Fair enough. Since it had no road access, people came and went by boat. The palace's bubbly gardens, famously featured in The Sound of Music, are free and open until dusk. You can also visit its underwhelming crypt (free), the nearby Cathedral Museum, and/or (in summer) the Cathedral Excavations Museum (worthwhile only for Roman-iacs). Rick Steves' my way alpine Europe in 12 days. Restaurant Bräugasthof, lakeside and under a grand chestnut tree, is just the place to try some of Lake Hallstatt's prized fish. For dessert — after a visit to the strudel kiosk — enjoy the incomparable floodlit view of old Salzburg from the nearby Müllnersteg pedestrian bridge and a riverside stroll home. Rick Steves Vienna, Salzburg & Tirol book. In the fall of 1773, when Wolfgang was 17 — and his family was flush with money from years of touring — the Mozarts moved here from their cramped apartment on Getreidegasse. In Rick Steves Pocket Munich & Salzburg you'll find only the best of those two cities — admittedly a tough call! In the tour you'll learn the story of salt. It's the easiest and best experience if you have an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or Android. we drove from Salzburg; it was easy (something like under 2 hours, as I recall), but do know people who did it by train. It has very nice views of Salzburg, the surrounding mountains, and the fortress (far in the distance). Thanks to its charmingly preserved old town, splendid gardens, Baroque churches, and one of Europe's largest intact medieval fortresses, Salzburg feels made for tourism. The countryside around Salzburg has plenty of farmhouse B&Bs. Apart from the waterfall, which rips through its middle, Hallstatt is an oasis of peace. You'll still see the traditional Fuhr boats, designed to carry heavy loads in shallow water. ▲ Steingasse Historic cobbled lane with trendy pubs in a nearly tourist-free part of old Salzburg. Its 500-year-old altars and frescoes feature Hallstatt's two favorite saints: St. Barbara (patron of miners) and St. Catherine (patron of foresters) — lots of wood was needed to fortify the many miles of tunnels and boil the brine to distil out that salt. They're popular with big-city families who want the opportunity to stay on a farm, to learn to ride, and just get away from the intensity of urban life. The constantly flowing water flushed out the streets, provided fire protection, and powered factories. Rick: So this is apple and pear? If no one cares enough to make the payment, you're gone. Germany's Munich and the Foothills of the Alps, ©2021 Rick Steves' Europe, Inc. | This one dates from 1597. Strategic advice from Rick Steves on what's worth your time and money; Short itineraries covering Munich, Bavaria, Rothenburg and the Romantic Road, the Rhine Valley, and Berlin, plus Salzburg, Austria; Rick's tips for beating the crowds, skipping lines, and avoiding tourist traps; The best of local culture, flavors, and haunts, including walks through museums and atmospheric neighborhoods Enter the cathedral and you're immersed in pure Baroque grandeur. Even though Hallstatt's actual sights are subtle, wandering through town is a treat. The core of this book is five self-guided walks and tours that zero in on Munich's greatest sights and neighborhoods, plus two chapters on the best day trips (to Salzburg and to Neuschwanstein Castle). Later, miners dug tunnels to extract the salty rock. We too will be in Scandanavia (Oslo) (and London) soon- we fly out Thursday night. In the year 700, its Bavaria rulers gave control of Salzburg to the local bishop in return for his promise to defend and expand Christianity in the area. ▲▲ Hellbrunn Palace Lavish palace on the outskirts of town featuring gardens with trick fountains. sights of Salzburg and surrounding countryside. When it's cool outside, enjoy a historic indoor setting in any of several beer-sloshed and smoke-stained halls (one of which is still for smokers). Thanks for joining us. Surveying the town, you can imagine Salzburg through the ages. Nine years later, a little boy was born — Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The next day, in Salzburg we parked our bikes at the Augustinian monastery where, once upon a time, the monks (must have been the most popular monks in town) brewed a heavenly beer. Through the centuries, Hallstatt was busy with the salt trade. (photo: Rick Steves) Those who climb (or ride) up to Salzburg's fortress are treated to … The guys who paid for it would say it was a good investment — so foreboding, nobody attacked Salzburg for a thousand years. Space in Hallstatt's well-tended graveyard was so limited that bones had only about 12 peaceful, buried years here before making way for the freshly dead. From the castle take a stroll across the forested Mönchsberg hill for a breezy respite from the city, and more commanding views. You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in Munich, Bavaria, and Salzburg. Rich guys' fine Renaissance-style tombs decorate the chapel walls. Old Salzburg's busy and colorful main drag was, and still is, Getreidegasse. They were "prince-archbishops" — combining both political and religious power. Lying on a busy trade route connecting northern Europe with the south, Salzburg was well aware of the exciting things going on in Italy. Rick: OK. They were as kind as ever and the food was still as good as I remembered. ©2021 Rick Steves' Europe, Inc. | The one in Fuschl am See (closest to Salzburg) is a little cheaper, and takes about 10 minutes for the ride up and down. Imagine how expensive this massive fortress was to build...and it was never really used in battle. This is Sound of Music country. At the mine, visitors slip into overalls, meet their guide, and hike into the mountain. In Rick Steves Vienna, Salzburg & Tirol you'll find in-depth Rick-tested information on:. It's self-service — peruse the food stalls...no shortage of meats, kraut, and salads. A briny spring sprung here, attracting Bronze Age people. Austria — with its Germanic passion for quality — is enthusiastic about organically grown fruits and vegetables. The 10:00 Mass is famous for its music, and today it's Mozart. Are you an author? Rick Steves has spent 100 days every year since 1973 exploring Europe. Archaeologists claim that since 7000 B.C., people have come here to get salt. Mozart performed for the prince-archbishop right here. Rick Steves Best of Germany: With Salzburg Hit Germany's can't-miss art, sights, and bites in two weeks or less with Rick Steves Best of Germany! They remembered us because of my husband's guide dog. Home Salzburg Hallstatt Dolomites Fussen Lauterbrunnen Valley Chamonix Salzburg's Hohensalzburg Fortress ... Salzburg of course is the birthplace of Mozart and known for music. ▲▲ Salzburg Museum Best place for city history. That's because in Austria, grave sites are rented, not owned. Pop into the fishery — two men have a license to harvest the lake of its plankton-fed Reinanke fish — much prized by local restaurants. Home / Blog; Salzburg. Rick: Good. Herr Sporer: Apple and pear. While its popularity has led to a glut of businesses hoping to catch the tourist dollar, Salzburg is nevertheless both a must and a joy. Salzburg and Surroundings - Rick Steves’ Europe In Salzburg, be sure to explore its delightful old town filled with Mozart history and relaxing beer gardens; then settle into a … Admire churches in Munich's main square, Marienplatz, or visit the world-famous Hofbräuhaus and Nymphenburg Palace. The Hohensalzburg Fortress towers 400 feet above the Salzach River. Salzburgers are forever smiling to the tunes of Mozart and The Sound of Music. Thanks for joining us. — is named for this once-important spot. Oh...that's good. Rent bills are sent out about every 10 years. It's Sunday morning. Get inspired with Rick Steves’ recommended places to go and things to do, with tips, photos, videos, and travel information on Salzburg. Prost! Inside you'll find:Strategic advice from Rick Steves on what's worth your time and moneyShort itineraries covering Munich, Bavaria, Rothenburg and the … The Weissacher family rents a couple of simple yet comfy rooms to supplement their farm income. Rick: And what is schnapps? Salzburg, which grew rich from the salt trade long ago, is touristy but still enjoyable today. From Salzburg, as above re Werfen Castle and ice caves, plus St Gilgen and Wolfgangsee for choice, all easy to reach. This good-value restaurant on the edge of the old center has a dining room that's cozy in cool weather — and a balmy evenings, its great lakeside tables offer the best ambience in town. Idyllic and majestic, but not rugged, it's a gentle land of lakes, forested mountains, and storybook villages rich in hiking and biking opportunities. To properly enjoy this lavish palace — once the prince-archbishop's summer palace and now the seat of the mayor — get a ticket to a Schlosskonzert (my favorite venue for a classical concert; the palace is otherwise closed to visitors). You don't go to Salzburg to avoid the tourists. Family of five (two young adults, one teen) Stuttgart and Munich advice. Share your candid opinions about hotels and restaurants or ask other travelers about their reviews. Iron crosses were cheaper than carved tombstones. Back then Vienna's Habsburg royalty made it their annual holiday retreat, and today it remains as delightful as ever. Local students mix with tourists eating hearty slabs of grilled meat with their fingers or cold meals from the self-serve picnic counter, while children frolic on the playground kegs. As is often the case in rowdy European eateries like this, you share tables...and make new friends. Then train to Vienna for 3-4 nights. It's one of many throughout the region that offer tours. See search results for this author. ... Last May we found ourselves in Salzburg with another couple. It's also the springboard for lots of alpine fun — from thrilling summer bobsledding, to idyllic boat rides in the Salzkammergut lake district, to exploring the delightful romantic town of Hallstatt. Salzburg is a world-class destination for live musical performances. Thanks for joining us. Rick Steves is America's leading authority on European travel. Salt — so precious as a preservative in pre-refrigerator days — was a huge part of this region's economy all the way back to pre-historic times. The well dipped into a rain-fed cistern. The tiny train station is across Lake Hallstatt from the postcard-pretty town by the same name: Hallstatt. Share hotel & restaurant reviews. On this tour of Germany and Austria, your Rick Steves guide will bring this region's rich history and culture to life in festive Munich, Baroque Salzburg, sparkling Lake Hallstatt, monastic Melk, the blue Danube, and royal Vienna — with cozy villages and alpine vistas all along the way. It's a chilling, educational, important and memorable experience. Lightweight, yet packed with info on the cities' history and culture, Rick Steves Pocket Munich & Salzburg truly is a tour guide in your pocket. ▲ St. Sebastian Cemetery Baroque cemetery with graves of Mozart's wife and father. From our home base in Salzburg, we side trip into the Salzkammergut lake district — Lake Hallstatt and the town by the same name. The regulars here know that there are enough flavors of schnapps to keep them coming back again and again. ▲ Mirabell Gardens and Palace Beautiful palace grounds and concert venue with fine views and Sound of Music memories. Wolf Dietrich was raised in Rome, counted the powerful Medicis in Florence as his buddies, and had grandiose Italian ambitions for Salzburg. He has a mysterious mansion at the edge of town, sponsors the local “Red Bull” soccer and hockey teams, owns several chic Salzburg eateries and cocktail bars, and employs 6,000 mostly good-looking people. Its river is called the "Salzach" not because it's salty, but because of the precious cargo it once carried. They're cooked up fresh and simple and served with a nice Austrian dry white wine. ▲▲▲ Salzburg Town Walk Old Town's best sights in handy orientation walk (outlined in my guidebooks, and available as a free audio tour). Herr Alfred Lenz makes the town's traditional boats from a 200-year-old design. Terms of Service | Privacy, Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in Austria, Music Appreciation for Travel: Part II to 400 B.C. In this compact guide, Rick Steves covers all the essentials of Munich, Bavaria, and Salzburg. Though I don’t consider it my job to breathlessly promote every destination that comes down the pike…rather, I try to give hard opinions in the spirit of the king of hard travel opinions, Rick Steves. Wolfgang Mozart spent much of his first 25 years in Salzburg — one of the greatest Baroque cities north of the Alps. Today, these riverside paths are much enjoyed providing easy access to the surrounding countryside. But Salzburg is busy all year long, with over 2,000 live performances in churches and palaces like this. Lovable Hallstatt is a tiny town bullied onto a ledge between a mountain and a swan-ruled lake. There was a Hallstatt before there was a Rome. With the scarcity of level land, tall homes had their front door on the street level top floor and their water entrance several floors below. Read 11 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Its name basically means "salt fortress." Today, its three floors house rooms with exhibits displaying paintings, letters, personal items, and lots of facsimiles, all attempting to bring life to the Mozart story. Tucked away in the heart of the Old Town and abutting the rock wall of Mönchsberg is St. Peter's Cemetery. Thanks to its formidable fortress and its knack for remaining neutral, the city managed to avoid the ravages of war until World War II. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who was the cathedral organist for two years, was born in this house in 1756. And Alfred's not the only one with that idea. Last time I stayed in the Hotel Elephant, and it was very good, small rooms, central and it had air conditioning..which many in old bldgs do not have. Austria specializes in a knack for conviviality. Hallstatt's Catholic church overlooks the town from above. By Rick Steves Hohensalzburg Fortress looms 400 feet above Salzburg's forest of Baroque spires. Rick: But this is after breakfast and you're still quite busy. We're heading two hours southeast of Salzburg to my favorite Salzkammergut town on my favorite Salzkammergut lake. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Follow me for a little walk and enjoy a rare opportunity to drill deep into the mausoleum of a prince-bishop. Red Bull Hangar-7 — Salzburg’s big personality these days is the tycoon founder of Red Bull energy drink, Dietrich Mateschitz. Mozart spent a good part of his childhood on the road, performing all over Europe. All over Europe I enjoy evocative cemeteries. Stefanie (a boat) meets each arriving train and glides scenically across the lake into town. Hi, I'm Rick Steves, back with more of the best of Europe. The Catholic church overlooks the town from above. St. Peter's Cemetery Atmospheric old cemetery with mini-gardens overlooked by cliff face with monks' caves. In 1747, Leopold Mozart — a musician in the prince-archbishop's band — moved into this small rental unit with his new bride. ▲▲ Hohensalzburg Fortress Imposing mountaintop castle, with small museums, commanding views, and concerts most evenings. Music and the visual art complement each other. Since it was built in only about 15 years, the church boasts particularly harmonious art and architecture. Today, the people of Salzburg are happy to pay a premium for the reliably fresh and top-quality produce. Getting a beer is fun in itself. Salzburg's mighty castle offers incredible views in both directions, cafés, and a handful of mediocre museums. The lake is a playground for visitors in rental boats, which come with two speeds: slow and stop. see our FAQ. Donate to the band, and a maiden gives you a shot of schnapps. In Salzburg we'll explore its delightful Old Town, enjoy Mozart in a palace, and relax in a sun-dappled beer garden. This time we're in the land of Mozart…it's Salzburg. Allow about three hours total for the round-trip funicular ride, viewpoint visit, and 1.5-hour salt-mine tour. It seems each plot is lovingly tended by relatives. Today, Salzburg's pride in Mozart shows itself best not in museums but in live concerts. The same two men were there that served us in 2013. I hope you've enjoyed exploring this part of Austria — with the high culture and history of Salzburg, and the natural splendor of the Salzkammergut lake district. Then we'll settle into a farmhouse B&B, survive a mountain luge run, and cruise to one of the jewels of Austria's lake district. Learn more about the Rick Steves Audio Europe app or download the app now: Prefer podcasts? To build "the Rome of the North.". Austria Reviews. Inside Rick Steves Vienna, Salzburg & Tirol you'll find: Comprehensive coverage for spending two weeks or more exploring Vienna, Salzburg and Tirol Rick's strategic advice on how to get the most out of your time and money, with rankings of his must-see favorites In the 13th century, Salzburg was plumbed with a clever canal system, which has brought water into Salzburg from nearby hills ever since. ▲▲ Getreidegasse Picturesque old shopping lane with characteristic wrought-iron signs. Herr Sporer: Yes, there are many fruits in Austria and we distill almost everything. ▲▲ Mozart's Birthplace House where Mozart was born in 1756, featuring his instruments and other exhibits. Each of the several hundred painted skulls has been lovingly named, dated, and decorated. In this case, while Salzburg leaves me cold, I did manage to find plenty to like about it. Even after the family gained fame, touring Europe's palaces and becoming the toast of Salzburg, they continued living in this rather cramped apartment. This square, with its striking cathedral and Italian-style palace was the centerpiece of his Baroque dream city. Back then, salt was so precious because it preserved meat, and Hallstatt was, as its name means, the "place of salt.". They're reminders of the 1800s, when the first Romantic Age poets and painters discovered this region. Herr Sporer: You have this after dinner as a digestif or you drink it beside a beer in the evening or... Many of the dug-up bones and skulls ended up in the bone chapel. The skulls resting on Bibles are those of the town's priests. St. Peter's Church Romanesque church with Rococo decor. There's no audioguide, but everything's described in English. And in Salzburg, there's no better place to experience that than here at the Augustiner Bräustübl. While fires have been a recurrent problem, many houses go way back. Behind the church, in the well-tended graveyard, is the 12th-century Chapel of St. Michael (even older than the church). Then home. Set your sights on the spire of the Augustinian Church, and you'll find what seems like half of Salzburg feasting and drinking. Posted on July 23, 2006 December 2, 2013. Sitting in the center of Europe is Austria. A steep funicular runs up the mountain to Hallstatt's salt mine. While this particular tunnel dates only from 1719, Hallstatt's mine claims to be the oldest in the world. Public marketplaces come with fountains, and Salzburg's are part of this city's ingenious medieval water system. You go to experience a town that, in spite of the crowds, is thoroughly enjoyable. Rick Steves' Europe. (17:24). Cargo boats would float downstream and be dragged back upstream by horse. It was here that he composed most of his boy-genius works. How do you like that? This giant Baroque church, where Mozart was baptized and later served as organist, boats exceptional stucco work, five organs, and lots of light (it doesn't have stained glass, and never did — just clear windows to let light power the message). While the bone chapel is fascinating...there's more life down on the town square. I'm Rick Steves. The oar lock is still made of the gut of a bull. Enjoy the lake-country view as you're dragged up the mountain. Wealthy as those guys were, when they ran out of caring relatives, they were dug up, shipped out, and their fancy tombstones ended up on the wall. For coronavirus (COVID-19) travel information, This fountain could be straight out of Italy. Is that right? Auf Wiedersehen. Herr Sporer: Schnapps is distilled fruits. Different strokes, I guess. A highlight is riding miner-style from one floor down to the next...praying for no splinters. Thanks to its charming Old Town, splendid Baroque churches, one of Europe's largest medieval fortresses, and so many great places nearby, Salzburg feels designed to keep its visitors happy. It was here that Mozart learned to play piano and violin and composed his first boy-genius works. But his later residence, the Mozart Wohnhaus, across the river, offers a better exhibition on his life and times. In fact, because of the salt-mining importance here, an entire age — the Hallstatt Era, from about 800 B.C. Explore Salzburg! The courtyard was the main square of this hilltop community of a thousand — which could be self-sufficient when necessary. This family portrait shows Mozart with his sister — he was proud of his first-ever compositions for four hands, his father (also a fine musician and composer), and his mother, who died two years earlier in Paris. Rick: And when is the normal when time you would drink schnapps in Austria? Do you have a favorite? This cute little village was once the salt-mining namesake of a culture that spread from France to the Black Sea. While much of the new part of town — on the far side of the river — was destroyed by WWII bombs, the historic Old Town survived. Salzburg's wealth was based on salt. And way back when Wolfgang was still practicing his scales, Salzburg's busy open-air produce market gave farmers the chance to sell directly to locals. Everything you need is here. Salzburg is forever smiling to the tunes of Mozart and The Sound of Music. On balmy summer evenings, this brewery has the ambience of a Renoir painting as all generations gather under the chestnut trees, as they have for centuries, to enjoy cheap food, good beer, and that special local coziness called "Gemütlichkeit." The building itself, bombed in World War II, is a reconstruction. This time we're in the land of Mozart…it's Salzburg. If you're driving between Salzburg and Hallstatt, you'll pass two luge rides operated by the same company; each course is just off the road with easy parking. Salzburg is forever smiling to the tunes of Mozart and The Sound of Music. Does that sound reasonable as far as timing? Enjoying the garden/cathedral/castle view, it's easy to imagine how the prince-archbishop must have reveled in such a vista that reminded him of all his secular as well as religious power. In good Baroque style, the art is symbolic, cohesive, and theatrical...creating a kind of festival procession that leads to the resurrected Christ triumphing high above the altar. A series of interconnecting squares lead from here through the Old Town. and staying 2-3 nights (2 full days). Herr Sporer: You sip it, yes. Its ramparts provide the best views of the city. We're heading into the Mirabell Palace to hear a string quartet play in a splendid Baroque hall. The New Town has the big business and train station, but the Old Town, sitting between the Salzach River and a hill called Mönchsberg, holds nearly all the charm...and most of the tourists. It's also a musical mecca, and the city puts on a huge annual festival as well as constant concerts. Things Italian were respected and in vogue. Then, get set to fly. Rick Steves Vienna, Salzburg & Tirol Paperback – April 4, 2017 by Rick Steves (Author) › Visit Amazon's Rick Steves Page. Try Rick Steves Best of Germany . You don't throw it down, you sip it. ▲ Panorama Museum Wrap-around painting offering vivid peek of the city as it appeared in 1829.. ▲ Mozart's Residence Restored house where the composer lived. It’s known for its hilltop fortress, Baroque architecture, old town, and hometown genius, Mozart. Best of all, it comes with a fun funicular ride to the Rudolfsturm "Skywalk" Viewpoint, with stunning panoramas over the town and lake. It's good to see how, in the midst of all this tourism, purely local hangouts still survive. Swans patrol the lake like they own it. ▲ DomQuartier Museums Prince-Archbishop Wolf Dietrich's Residenz palace, cathedral viewpoint, and religious art. If you dug under these buildings, you'd find Roman and pre-Roman Celtic pavement stones from the ancient and prehistoric salt depot. Plan your own trip or take one of Rick's value-packed European tours and vacations. Rick Steves' guidebooks are the first I turn to when I get ready to plan a trip, and this one is really just excerpts (word for word) from the Germany and Austria ones, but since Munich, Fussen and Salzburg are my destinations for that area this book works perfectly. For generations, the traditional salt miners' band has entertained their town. The square was ringed by blacksmiths, bakers, and craftsmen. Salt could be shipped from here down to the Danube and beyond. The town, which originated as a salt-mining center, is one of Europe's oldest, going back centuries before Christ. It's simple: push to go, pull to break...a treat for kids of all ages. The exhibits are aimed a bit more toward the Mozart connoisseur than those at Mozart's Birthplace, but the place comes with a good introductory video, is less crowded, and includes an informative audioguide. Extending your trip? Alfred claims an hour on the lake is worth a day of vacation. If you'd like to commune with nature in a uniquely Austrian way, Salzburg is the ideal jumping off point for spectacular countryside to the south. The fun-loving, proud, and English-speaking Sporer family pours homemade spirits for regular customers and curious visitors alike. His goal? Good ones, like this one near the town of Werfen; give you a chance to experience the richness of Austria's rural life. It's a pleasant place to grab an ice-cream cone and wander the whitewashed maze of buildings while soaking up some medieval ambience. One of Europe's mightiest castles, it dominates Salzburg's skyline. Very much worth it is the train ride to Prien am Chiemsee, from there on to Schloss Herrenchiemsee and Frauenwörth Abbey - this trip can also be done just as easily from Munich. Hi, I'm Rick Steves, back with more of the best of Europe. ▲ Mönchsberg Walk "The hills are alive" stroll you can enjoy right in downtown Salzburg. For centuries, Salzburg's leaders were both important church authorities and political rulers. Herr Sporer: Apple and pear, yes. But throughout his youth, he called Salzburg home. So far I have us flying into Prague, spending 3 or 4 nights, taking a driver to Salzburg (Or an overnight train to Salzburg?) Herr Sporer: And it's very typical for this area. Rick- Glad to see that you are re-visiting some places that are among the favorites of my husband and myself- due to your TV show. See the Travel Details above for recommendations highlighted in bold, excerpted from Rick's guidebooks. Rick Steves' Europe. The banks of the Salzach River — ideal for strolling and biking — were once medieval tow paths. When he was 25 he was ready for the big city and moved to Vienna. Buy your token, choose a mug —two choices: big and HUGE, give it a rinse…and fill 'er up. Its cannons evoke both threats of centuries past and the power of Salzburg's rulers. We have been traveling “Rick’s style” for 20+ years and love it. Nannerl called this portrait the best ever done of her brother. Learn about Author Central. St. Sebastian Cemetery is a quiet oasis in Salzburg. The Triton matches Bernini's famous Triton Fountain in Rome. My Account. Each summer it hosts its famous Salzburg Festival. 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