Troja Castle Prague

Troja Castle Prague

Chateau Troja in Prague

A chateau within a city is always nice. In this case it is not only a summer residence by some noble people of Prague but most probably one of the most fascinating places in Prague. Unknown by most of the tourists it is therefore a jewel and a great opportunity to see a highlight of Prague without crowded tourists. B(e)special Tours always searches for non-touristical traps to enjoy the city to the fullest.

A chateau like that looks more than a villa. It was built in the roman baroque stile. The name was given to the castle due to the mythological staircase in the garden side. Wenzel Adalbert von Sternberg got the inspiration to construct this castle during a visit in Rome and it’s suburb’s villas. So enjoy a trip to Rome within Prague.

Troja chateau in Prague

a fascinating artistic chateau in Prague

This chateau was not only a hideaway from the city center to the countryside but also an artistic place to enjoy and also to show off. Directly by the Chateau is not only a park as a roman park but also a vineyard to always have the perfect location for parties and a relaxing time. During the years of 1679-1685 the owner had this chateau built with a great park, very ornate terra-cotta vases and the direct views to baroque paintings within the chateau. In different places of the chateau it is decorated with heraldic motives and the family’s code of arms. The highlight of the outside decoration is the stone-cut staircase to the garden with mythological and allegorical motives .

The inside is with a lot of wall and ceiling frescos by the artists of Abraham Godyn, Francesco and Giovanni Machetti and Carpoforo Tencalla.

ceiling fresco of chateau Troja

The wall ceilings in the central room of the chateau are one of the most sample collections of baroque and illusorial paintings within the boheam countries. Abraham Godyn, painter from Antwerp, decorated the room in the years 1691-1697. He worked with tempera, instead of the usual fresco technique. This very well chosen technique let the possibilities to create more details and colors. In this room the reality of painting is perfectly expressed. From real life to fake tapestry, to illusorical architectures, as well as plastics and reliefs on the opposite side of the windows. All these scenes are a praise to the dynasty of the Habsburgs, the christianity and the occupation of the turks in Vienna 1683. All this was created according the visit of the king Leopold the 1st in Prague.

The rest of the ceilings were decorated by the end of the 17th. century by Carpoforo Tencalla, Francesco and Giovanni Francesco Marchetti and show different symbols, allegorical, scenes of the historical, mythological stories, bible stories and happenings, as well as exotically landscapes. A must to be seen.

Nowadays the Chateau of Troja host the collection of the czech art of the 19th. Century from the national gallery of Prague.

Every now and then musicians give a free concert in the park for everybody that wants to listen.

the Garden and view to Prague castle from Troja chateau

Drive with us to the Troja Castle and enjoy this spectacular place full of stories and history. We are looking forward to meet you here in Salzburg and enjoy a private tour to Prague and the czech republic. Best regards and a good travel Bespecialtours!

Berchtesgaden

Berchtesgaden

Berchtesgaden – The Bavarian Alps, nearby lakes and surrounded by fascinating mountains

Berchtesgaden is a city nearby Salzburg that shows you a hard-working mountain city that became world famous due to the location and the surrounding mountains with clear mountain water and perfectly preserved nature. Moreover it is not only the nature that attracts tourists but also handcrafted items and friendly people that know about their values to preserve their world and their traditions. Historically this town was inspired by it’s location with the salt and iron resources. On the other hand they are famous for the steep mountains that enable special plants to grow here that cannot be found easily in other areas.

The city of Berchtesgaden is also famous for the fact that some bavarian kings, used the location for their summer residence. Especially the lakes surrounded by the alps close to Berchtesgaden invited the kings and also artists during the 19th century. Due to the important role of Berchtesgaden in the second world war, when Hitler and the NSDAP created on the Obersalzberg their summer residences and the summer seat of their political party Berchtesgaden became famous all over the world. Severe decisions about persecution and peace had taken place there.

Even if in the second world war the area hosted almost all  of the Nazi leaders the city was very much preserved from any bombings. The area of Obersalzberg was severely damaged and nowadays the Obersalzberg offers a documentation center that give more information about the rise and fall of this right wing party and some more historically facts about the area, what happened and the reasons why the Nazis chose this area. It is also possible to visit parts of the bunker system that have been created there in the 1940ies.

In the year 1990 the region of Berchtesgaden has become a national park by the UNESCO. They have a free agreement with the alpine clubs that allow tourists and locals to visit preserved nature, clear water and mountains without any limits. It is the only national park in Germany. This national park was primarily established to preserve the nature, such as rare animals and plants in this area. Also agriculture has to be kept in a certain way in this area and industries have to make sure to fulfill all natural park regulations. Controversial was the establishment of the house of the mountains in which more interesting facts about the national park, the nature, the tourism, etc. are shown to educate and inform people. It was controversial because many people preferred to have it in another setting but since the building was empty the community of Berchtesgaden decided to use and adapt it.

Berchtesgaden main square

Berchtesgaden is the main city of the region Berchtesgadener Land.  The district of Berchtesgaden is in the south east part of Bavaria, the most south east state of Germany. It is located close to the Austrian border and was for a long time under the rule of the Salzburg Archbishop and other bavarian bishops. In the 19th century it became after lots of debates again part of Bavaria and this was also the start of tourism in this area. Nowadays tourism is the biggest income of Berchtesgaden. More than half of the obligatory social tax people are working directly or indirectly in the tourism business. Not only in the summer time when hikers, walkers and people that just want to enjoy the nature invade in this area but also in the winter time, when this area has fascinating skiing slopes, tracks for sledges and an even individual winter wonderland that attract tourists. Before christmas the Christmas market welcomes people with typically products, well known also across the territory of the Berchtesgaden land. In the winter time in the nearby Ruhpolding is the world cup for cross country skiing / biathlon held and at the Königssee each year the world cup for sledges and bob sledges in the ice tracks shows the importance of winter sports in this area. This area brings out lots of new sportive talents, also due to special sports’ schools in this area. In the summer time for thrill seekers the area holds climbing tracks, zip lines, summer toboggan runs on the tracks where in the winter sledges drive down and also wild water rafting and canyoning (a walk in wet suits through a canyon and its’ water).

In order to energize people in the winter or summer time, the area of Berchtesgaden welcomes you with nice places to relax, such as the thermal bath called “Watzmann Therme” in the city of Berchtesgaden, or the “Rupertus Therme” in Bad Reichenhall, or many spiritual and powerful nature places in the area. Also the numerous restaurants in the area of Berchtesgaden welcome you with lots of homemade meals and desserts and not to forget the most important thing in Bavaria: the beer! Beer is brewed directly in the brewery of Berchtesgaden, founded in the year 1645 and still an active brewery. Besides the beer, there is also the brewery of Grassl, founded already in the year 1692, to produce schnaps, liquors and brandies with natural ingredients from the area, such as herbs, roots of flowers, etc. But also natural non-alcoholic drinks are produced by the local farmers. It is the best to enjoy these beverages in one of the restaurants in the area of Berchtesgaden and this is the perfect opportunity to interact with locals. Trust me that even if sometimes some people seem to be closed, after some schnaps and beer everybody will be a very open and nice. 🙂 But I can tell you that the locals do not need to drink alcoholic beverages to open up and to be friendly, but just try to talk friendly to them and they will be even more friendly with you.

A must-see is the national park of Berchtesgaden. One of our suggestions is the area at Ramsau and the Hintersee lake as one of the most interesting parts of this national park. You will see crystal clear lakes, waterfalls, rivers and will enjoy the quietness of nature. Fishing is only allowed if you register in the local community and obtain a fishing card. In the eastern part of the Hintersee you will find the so called magical wood and as soon as you are walking through this wood on one of the well-maintained walking path, you understand the name of this forest. The floating water you hear, the nice trees on top of stones or also the magical paths inspire your fantasy.

Another highlight in the national park is the lake of Königssee (the king’s lake). It is placed between the Watzmann and the Jenner mountain and is famous for it’s echo and for it’s deep clear water. It is one of the deepest lakes in the area with over 620ft depth. There is also a famous village, called St. Bartholome: It consists of a smoking area for fish, a baroque church and a restaurant. The most appealing part is that you can only get there by an electrical boat. Another sight of St.  Bartholome is a 45 minutes hike to the “ice chapel” (a small cave in which you can see ice formations the whole year around).

King's lake

Berchtesgaden reflects its culture to the most. It is aware of the heritage and the historical importance that it played and the history is still present. From the time when it was founded in the 12th. century until today. The beginning of settlements in the area were hunters and fishermen already 4.000 years ago. The first proofed documents of a village go back to the 12th century when in Berchtesgaden an abbey was found. It was for many years under a church rule, even if the city of Berchtesgaden was partly owned by the Wittelsbach nobel family. Since the beginning of the 17th century it became part of Salzburg, again part of Bavaria and so on, till the 19th century when the region of Berchtesgaden was founded. Soon the Bavarian kings started to construct a summer residence in Berchtesgaden, especially King Luitpold used this area for hunting purposes. He also supported the region and villages. Nowadays many signs of his actings can still be found within this area. By the end of the 19th century the railway arrived to Berchtesgaden and a new number of tourists per season arrived. Nowadays Berchtesgaden is the smallest community in Germany with a main train station, that has been built up in this way to host the state visitors and VIP people during the Nazi regime. Also the number of painters and artists that were inspired by this region increased a lot at this time. The first bed and breakfast places and hotels were opened on the Obersalzberg, at that time a perfect area to enjoy the views to the mountains and nature. In the year 1923 Hitler visited for the first time the Obersalzberg and immediately fell in love with this region. After his take over of government in Germany the Nazi leaders declared the Obersalzberg as the Führer’s off limit’s area and people could only visit with a permit. In the year 1938, after a 13 months building time, the Eagle’s nest and it’s road was opened on the Kehlstein mountain as a present to Hitler’s 50th birthday. It is in the summer time still visible and the ride on the original road with special designed buses is a highlight for lots of visitors from all over the world. On the Obersalzberg you can still visit the area where Hitler’s house used to be, even if there are only some remains of walls but the documentation center will give you more inside information about the raise and fall of the Nazi regime and how the Nazis changed the Obersalzberg, also with their bunkers. It brings you closer what happened in this area with many historically facts.

Nowadays the region of Berchtesgaden welcomes everybody warmly, no matter of race, heritage, religious believe, etc. to have a nice time in this area. The area of Berchtesgaden offers also may attractions for all ages with nature, history and traditions. In the winter time skiing, sledging, walking, enjoying the snowy area and in the summer time water, high mountains, preserved nature and warm hearted welcomes by the people of this area.

Schlossplatz Berchtesgaden

Berchtesgaden‘s heritage

Berchtesgaden is nowadays not only the heritage of it’s own history but also a place that brings out new talents that get their inspiration from the traditions and landscape of the area. You can experience this at the local cuisines in the area and at many handcrafted products of this area. Art, tradition and innovation can be also found in some unexpected places like farmers and still some handmade workshops in this area. On of the examples that you will see is that shops, like a hat maker, and special tailors for leather trousers (Lederhosen) and Dirndls can still be found within the city of Berchtesgaden. For children very important the traditional wood toy story in the center of the city that still produces the traditional toys of this area. Visit Berchtesgaden and learn more of this city – history and fascinating stories of former times, beer and traditions – Be Special Tours!

Church of Ramsau

Berchtesgaden city tours and Berchtesgaden mountain tour

If you want to enjoy some great time in Berchtesgaden, book a private tour to Berchtesgaden with Be Special Tours from Salzburg, or arrive directly in Salzburg, enjoy a city tour with our comfortable vans, enjoy a guided tour through the town of Berchtesgaden and continue a nice drive through Bavaria and Austria. So if you are planning to come to Berchtesgaden, or if you want to visit the city of Berchtesgaden and the scenic mountains from Salzburg then please do not miss a nice ride with Be Special Tours ! It is fun for youngsters and the older ones and you can taste a lot of delicious typical Austrian and Bavarian dishes and of course the beer! Enjoy the fascinating city of Berchtesgaden – a place of history – but also with fresh ideas, food and a lots of fun.

Eagle’s nest road

Eagle’s nest road

Street to the Hitler’s Eagle’s nest – a unique road with a special history

A street to a mountain-top restaurant can be nice and fascinating if you include a great view but sometimes a street can be a symbol to time. In this blog we will talk about the unique street leading up to the eagle’s nest on top of the mountain Kehlstein. It was Hitler’s eagle’s nest a tea house in the Bavarian Alps, that as given as a present by Martin Bormann to Hitler’s 50th birthday in the year 1939.

I will not tell you in the following a lot of details concerning political things and mythology behind this street and what happened in the third reich but more about this wonderful mountain road and why we can still see it and enjoy it.

on the angel's nest road

a fascinating road to the Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest

This road is not only a fascinating road in the mountains but it is also a symbol to this time before the second world war. In the year of 1936, Hitler wanted to expand his summer residence. Since it was not possible to finish it in time, he asked Martin Bormann to help him and that gave already the further steps to give to Bormann more rights and more power.

Martin Bormann decided to make something special to Hitler since he knew that Hitler loved this area. it did not only remind Hitler to his childhood but also he knew that something special needed to be done for Hitler’s birthday for his 50th anniversary.

The idea of Martin Bormann was it to build a house on the top of the Kehlstein so that Hitler could enjoy his area even better, take the views over all of the mountains of Berchtesgaden.

But why building up a house on the top of the mountain with a road that is very much exposed, built with 5 tunnels and one hairpin bend and for someone that is afraid of heights?

Well, simply: Hitler loved this area and since the possibility to do something for hitler was limited, therefore Martin Bormann decided to construct it on the top of the mountain because he saw hitler as being also on top of everything. Not only of the political party but also on the top of the world. This is the meaning behind the Hitler’s eagle’s nest and Martin Bormann did everything to realize his plans. He talked to investors, to financial advisors and then the final decision was made to construct it. The money came mostly from some “black accounts” (offshore accounts) because the construction of the road and the building on top the mountain costed over 156 Mio. €. But it was not only a simple construction. It was a masterpiece of engineering to construct this road and gave jobs to over 3.200 workers in the area for 13 months.

Hitler's eagle's nest

Still during the construction a lot of people were happy to have a job. In the region were more than 20% of the workers unemployed, or laid off. The people in the region were happy to work at this very bold project.

To build this road was not easy and very dangerous. Lots of people walked every day up to the mountain to build one small bridge, 5 tunnels and cut out the road by TNT, dynamite and hand-work. Helmets were not used very often and if it was raining it was even more dangerous to construct.

Some stories tell about people being tortured to work on this road and that prisoners had to help to construct this road and the eagle’s nest. As far as documents that have been found about this road, it is proofed that prisoners were only used to help to finish the building in time and during it’s operation during the war but never during the construction. Also nobody was killed or tortured to work on this project on purpose. Unfortunately there were accidents and people died during the construction of this project but mainly due to the fact that the workers did not protect themselves. 4 people died during a truck accident (a truck slipped down driving the road up wit 4 people in it an fell down for over 300ft.). The rest were either killed by falling rocks or that they fell down.

Still nowadays the road and the eagle’s nest can be visited. The road has been opened in the year 1952 to the public but immediately been regulated due to too much private cars. The community of Berchtesgaden contracted the local bavarian state bus company to organize public buses up to the eagle’s nest and one turn-out point was constructed to make the public transportation possible and save. The drivers are undertaking every year a special driving test and the buses are specially equipped (by a special transmission to avoid brake’s heat).

Every spring and during summer time regular checks of the mountain has to be done in order to avoid rocks falling on the road. In the winter time the road is closed to a high risk of avalanches.

The road is only opened to the public after all checks and clearings have been done. It is open always in the first half of the month of May until the End of October. Still even in the summer it can happen that the road has to be closed due to heavy rain, or snow and the safety for the passengers cannot be guaranteed.

tunnel to the eagle's nest elevator

Drive with us up to the Eagle’s nest and learn more about this spectacular place full of stories and history. We are looking forward to meet you here in Salzburg. Best regards and a good travel Be special tours!

 

salt mines Bad Dürrnberg

salt mines Bad Dürrnberg

The Saltmines near Salzburg – Hallein

About 20 minutes away from the city of Salzburg you’ll find something very special in this area. Near Hallein, an old celtic city, you can visit the saltmine of Bad Dürrnberg. Right beside a small old celtic village (no we are not with asterix and obelix – that was in another part of Europe). Here on the mountain besides a sleepy church you can change your feeling and go back in time. Down under in the land of the minerals.

Salzwelten – salt mine Bad Duerrnberg

The Salinen Austria AG may be the oldest company in the world. Already 7000 years before the saltmines in Hallstatt were in use. As the Salinen Austria AG are still the only one allowed to take the salt out of the mountains, you can call them the oldest company.

Here on the Dürrnberg the actual entry ‘Obersteinbergstollen’ was opened in 1543. At the beginning you drive in with a train and the first meeting point with the prince archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau is 600 meters (ca. 1.800 ft.) in the mountain and 120m (360 ft.) under the earth. The mine has become Austria’s largest and the world’s oldest exhibition mine. Already in the 17th century visitors were authorized to see the salt mines.

a guided tour through the saltmines

The funniest thing for the kids will be the slide. Here you have the opportunity to use the same ways as the old miners centuries ago and have fun where they in former times had to do hard work.

saltmines with slide

The most impressive station will be for sure the salt lake which you’ll cross within the mine on a boat. Enjoy the feeling to ride a boat on 27% salt brine – more than the death sea – and enjoy the experience to be under day light. Go away from rain or fog outside and relax in a very well (natural) air conditioned area.

salt lake Salzburg

Of course, they have some surprises for you, which I will not mention here. Be sure, the guides are personal and individual and in english language you can enjoy the tour with funny correspondence without an audio guide. Best regards and a nice trip with Bespecialtours! See you in the mine!

 

ten things to see in Salzburg

ten things to see in Salzburg

10things to see in Salzburg

If you are for the first time in Salzburg there are so many things to see, so that we will give you some suggestions of must see things in Salzburg

Discover the old town

No matter what time of the year you find yourself in Salzburg,  go and discover the old city and its squares. Forget Google Maps and have the courage to take the not so well known streets, and just let yourself immersed in the unknown – will give you amazing insights into the local way of life. Enjoy the bridges, the squares, and the old buildings that seem to be there for an eternity (some of them were constructed during the Middle Ages).

Take a pause and listen to the Glockenspiel in Rezidenzplatz – there are 35 bells playing daily between 11 am and 6 pm.

After all, there’s no point rushing from site to site trying to see it all, you can travel slowly and enjoy the experience. Just let yourself be wondered by the unknown!

old town Salzburg

Discover the old cafe’s in Salzburg

Every time travelling, we love to discover also the “cafe culture” of the place we’re in. It’s not just about resting and enjoy coffee, but more about looking at the people passing by, discovering the movement of the city and be part of its life. The old cafés in Salzburg have a long tradition. You will meet people there and do the best things to do in Salzburg: Watching people. There are three iconic traditional coffee places: The Tomaselli, the oldest coffee house in Salzburg (already since 1703, where Mozart even enjoyed coffee), the Café Fürst (where the Mozart Balls chocolate has been invented) and the café Bazar (on the other side of the river).

It is said that Cafe Tomaselli is the oldest coffee house in Austria, its origins can be traced back to 1700. Here, the coffee is served in an old fashion way: on a small silver tray, and with a glass of water. They also have a large hand-crafted cake selection: strudels, Linzer Torte, Esterhazy Torte, Black Forest, Kardinalschnitte. Stop here after a full day and a strong coffee with a delicious cake was everything we needed. As they didn’t have Maria Theresia Cafe, my favorite, I took a Mozart Caffe (which is served with a little glass of Mozart liqueur) and a chocolate cake. At Cafe Tomaselli you don’t just order your dessert, you are waiting for a lady with a tray full of cakes to come and you pick yourself your favorite!

If I’m to be completely honest, this is not a place with fantastic coffee or sweets (don’t get me wrong, they are good enough, but not as I expected), it’s more of a place you can visit for the atmosphere. The interior is cozy and you can read the local newspaper (they have an old-school newspaper stand), watching the people going by. It can be very crowded sometimes, especially in high season, but if you have the time to go there in the morning when the hoards of tourist are still sleeping, you can enjoy a much more pleasant experience.
There are also many other coffee houses in Salzburg where you can enjoy your coffee and meet locals, such as the Würfel Zucker, the River Café, the Wallinger, the café Fingerlos, to just name some. Most of them make their own pastries and if you want to really meet locals go there.
Café Tomaselli

Fortress of Salzburg

The most iconic image for Salzburg is Festung Hohensalzburg, the 900-year-old fortress watching over the whole city. It can be reached by foot (a 15 minutes walk) or by the funicular. Also, the fortress is the largest intact fully-preserved fortress in Central Europe and have never been conquered.

Once on top, you can enjoy amazing views over the city and the surrounding area (for photography lovers, it’s a feast) and also the museums inside the fortress (access is included in the Salzburg Card, which I strongly recommend buying if you want to see more than one museum, you will save a lot of money).

Kapitel square with fortress

Mozart’s Geburtshaus 

You are int he city of Mozart. This great composer was born and raised here. He lived in two houses and both of them can be visited. The place were Mozart was born – the birthplace in the Getreidegasse, the most traditionally and where you will learn quite a lot about this musical genius. He also made his first compositions there already at 5years-old and you will see some objects that he used and belonged to his family. Later he moved to the Living house on the other side. Even if you would not be a fan of his music it is a must to see to learn also many other things of this person.

Again, the access is free with the Salzburg Card.

Mozart Wohnhaus it’s overwhelming with information and, unlike the house where Mozart was born, here you can have also a free audio guide. But again, don’t expect to find a house, but more a museum / a collection of objects with a lot of interesting stuff to find out about the composer and his family (here I discovered how Constanze, his wife, was involved after the Mozart’s death in promoting and advertising his work).

Don’t miss, in one of the rooms, the original Mozart’s fortepiano!

Mozart Birthplace

Palace of Mirabell

A great time to visit the Mirabell Palace is, obviously, during the warmer months, when you can deeply enjoy the marvelous blooming gardens. You can find here the Pegasus statue, the Dwarf Garden and also the stairs where Julie Andrews sang in the famous movie “the Sound of Music”.

The palace hosts the city hall nowadays and has one of the most beautiful room inside (free to visit if there is no concert or wedding going on).

In the garden you will see the flowers blooming during the summer time.

garden of Mirabell with view to old town

Hellbrunn Palace 

for sure one of the most interesting palace and one of the most fun place to visit in the town of Salzburg. You can get there by car, bike (about 20minutes ride), boat, or public transportation (bus nr. 25 takes you there).

The palace was made by one of the prince archbishops to entertain himself and his guests and to also play some tricks on them. 🙂

The park around the castle is huge (about 60 ha) and it’s full of gardens, statues, lakes and alleys. I can imagine how this place looks in the spring. And, for good reason, the name “Hellbrunn” means “healing spring”.

Inside the park there is a theatre, a zoo, before christmas time one of the nicest christmas markets and the most important thing: The water spring fountains! A great fun place to be and to also get some water on you. A perfect refresh on hot summer days. The archbishop created this fun place and the water trick fountains still operate today!

Hellbrunn palace

St. Peter’s cemetery and the St. Peter’s abbey 

It might sound strange, but I always like having a stroll along the narrow alleys of a cemetery. I think it’s a place where you can discover a lot about the people who used to live in the area, you get a new perspective on that place, and, besides that, it always has a quiet and peaceful atmosphere. So, on our first day in Salzburg, before climbing to the Festung Hochensalzburg fortress, we stopped for a moment in the St. Peter Cemetery.

That place is all about history and serenity, with well-kept graves, crypts, statues and marks, each of them telling a short story about the people laying there.

st. Peter

Salzbuger Dom

Salzburger Dom is a masterpiece of baroque art, whose origins are dating to 767!   That is the place where Mozart was baptized and where, later on, he worked as an organist and composed some of his works.

Take your time to admire the beautiful details inside and let your mind have a couple of moments of serenity. The entrance is free, and in the summer are also free guided tours.

Dom square

The Kapuziner Berg

This mountain is definitely the more quiet one, as it is not overcrowded and you can enjoy nature and great views.

If you are lucky you can even see some of the mountain goats within the city of Salzburg.

The reason for going up there is not the abbey but the great views. The hike to it is either from the Linzergasse up (steep street), or the steps from the Steingasse (about 200 steep steps). The hole up will take you about 10-15mnutes but it is definitely worth it as you have the best views over the old town of Salzburg.

from the Kapuziner Berg

A walk through the Steingasse

The Steingasse, on the opposite site of the old town of Salzburg is for sure one of the most interesting street. It is away from the big crowds and reveals all of its secrets during the evening when bars night clubs, etc open up.

Used as one of the former main traffic road it turned into one of the most quiet street that has many things to discover, great views and shows how Salzburg must have looked alike during the middle ages and walk back over the Mozart’s bridge (a construction from 1903) back to the old town.

Salzburg Steingasse

We hope that the information is useful to you and are looking forward welcoming you at Salzburg. Be Special Tours Salzburg

First Time Visit to Salzburg

First Time Visit to Salzburg

Salzburg has a perfect combination of history, baroque styled buildings, outstanding nature and music

Salzburg, for long time an independent area ruled by archbishops that were church and government in one. They left they signs and styles all here. Salzburg has it all: baroque and elegant style, beautiful location – bedded between two hills and along a river, surrounded with steep mountains to the south and smooth hills to the north. The city goes back to the roman time, with many churches, small streets and music everywhere. Salzburg has been since a bit over 200years part of Austria and has been the location for more than 100 years of its classical music festival.
This said you can realize that the city has much more to offer than one expects when coming for the first time to Salzburg. Most probably arriving in the more modern section of the tow, it looks like many other towns but soon will show it real beauty and its heart and jewels.
The city was birthplace of poets and composers (W.A. Mozart, Mohr, etc.) and it still inspires many artists once they come to this town.
The location is just the ideal to feel like in a movie set and therefore was used for many movies, such as the Sound of Music, or Knight&Day, or where eagle’s dare and many other movies, to just name some few.
The acoustics are great and therefore many musicians come every year to perform in this elegant city. During the summer time the city just transforms into a stage.
During the christmas time it turns into a perfect setting of winter wonderland, beautiful lights, ginger bread and hot moulded wine to feel and turn into the perfect atmosphere. From this region also christmas carols, such as silent night were created and exported all over the world.

So if you come for the first time be prepared to see the city from all different angles, of local products and foods that the city offers to some great views and lots of history.

palace of Mirabell and garden

a walk through town

Start off with a local guide, or explore the city by yourself at the Mirabell palace, the city hall of Salzburg, a beautiful palace and do not miss out the marble room (some people say one of the nicest rooms in Austria) and explore the park where you can see yourself in the location of the Do-Re-Mi song and sing and replay some pieces.
After getting out toward the city on the Markart square where you can find the birth place of Christian Doppler and the Mozart’s living house (a nice museum) turn to the right towards the river and cross it over the “Love-lock” bridge and enter the old town.
You will realize small streets with many nice shops and also many hidden gems and do not forget to look also up to see the beautiful signs and buildings. The most crowded place is in from of the Mozart’s birthplace in the Getreidegasse and once passed that you will be able to get away from the crowds. DO not miss out to see the St. Peter’s cemetery and the St. Peter’s restaurant (europe’s oldest restaurant where already Charlemain ate) and make your way up to the hill passed the Stiegl’s Keller to the Nonnberg abbey. You will have great views over the city and following the road you can even see the south part of the city, without having to go into the fortress.
If you want to have the best view of Salzburg you need to climb another hill, called Kapuziner Berg and just below the abbey you have the best view of Salzburg (be aware that there are some steps to climb up there).

If you want to have most of the inside, please take a walking tour with a local guide that will show you the best this city has to offer.

Some of the highlight to see please also visit 10things to do in Salzburg.

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Salzburg view from above