The Wolfgangsee lies in the Salzburg state of Austria, at an elevation of 538 meters (1765 feet). The town of St. Wolfgang, as well as the Ried and Abersee villages lie upon its shores. The area honors Saint Wolfgang, the bishop of Regensburg, who constructed a church in the region during the 10th century. The Enge Peninsula divides the lake into two parts. Because of its scenic beauty, the lake has been a site for shooting site for many movies.
Located right next to the Salzburg Airport, Hangar-7 is by no means an ordinary hangar. In fact, this private hangar owned by Dietrich Mateschitz, founder of the energy drink company 'Red Bull', is one of Salzburg's prime attractions. Avant garde technology, passion for flying, appreciation of art, and culinary refinement come together in this fancy steel and glass structure. Besides hosting Mateschitz's private aircraft collection comprising an impressive assembly of vintage and contemporary aircrafts, Hangar-7 also houses some Red Bull Formula-1 racing cars. Two elegant bars, the Mayday and the Threesixty, the Carpe Diem Lounge and the unique fine dining restaurant, Ikarus, constitute the gastronomic space. Hangar-7 also hosts art exhibitions and is an exclusive venue for select events. It is easily accessible from the city center by bus and if you have a couple of hours of waiting time at the airport, just walk over and have a look around. Entry is free.
Among the largest of Salzburg's magnificent churches, the splendid Salzburg Cathedral serves as the backdrop for the annual Jedermann Festival. The first church to be erected on the site dates back to the latter part of the 8th-century and was dedicated to St. Virgil and St. Rupert. The building that we see today is the third avatar of the original structure and was erected sometime between 1620 to 1628 by the acclaimed architect Santino Solari. The church witnessed its moment of glory when it was consecrated by Archbishop Paris Lodron during the tense spell of the Thirty Years' War. The cathedral can be seen from many points in the city, which makes it an unmissable sight in Salzburg.
The undefeated Hohensalzburg Fortress is the defining feature of Salzburg's skyline, towering high above the Old Town on its lofty perch atop the Mönchsberg. Originally constructed in 1077 by Archbishop Gebhard, the castle was expanded over the years, taking its current form in the year 1500 under the guidance of Archbishop Leonhard von Keutschach. Built to monumental proportions, the castle is one of Europe's largest Medieval structures, its sprawling embrace a cornucopia of Medieval artistic and architectural riches. The State Rooms and Princely Chambers are the most lavishly adorned, closely followed by the Chapel of Archbishop Leonhard von Keutschach. Today, the castle houses the Museum of the Rainer Regiment, the Fortress Museum and the Marionette Museum, and hosts the annual Salzburg Fortress Concerts amid the mount's ancient trees. Multimedia displays and interactive experiences bring the Medieval Era alive at the Hohensalzburg Fortress, historic Salzburg's crowning glory.
Till the 19th Century, the Archbishops of Salzburg held court in the Residenz. Nowadays the vast complex serves the municipal government for receptions and meetings. Within these buildings, the Residence Gallery, maintained by the Salzburg province, has displayed its collection of European Art for visitors to admire. Masterpieces by Rembrandt, Rubens, Brueghel, and Italian and French painters offer a glimpse of European art. Austrian masters from the 19th Century (Romako, Waldmüller, Amerling and others) and temporary exhibitions complete the program.
The Landestheater stages elaborate productions of classic works as well as more contemporary pieces. Annual productions range from opera to ballet, musical theater and musical productions for young people. With high stucco ceilings, plush red carpets, winding staircases, stunning boxes and enormous chandeliers, the interior is exactly what one would expect from such a renowned establishment. The theater also serves as one of the venues for the Salzburg Festspiele. Check website for a complete list of events.
A masterpiece of Baroque architecture, Salzburg's UNESCO listed Old Town is very much the heart of the city even today. Presided over by the Salzburg Castle, with the Alps rising at its back, the scene that unfolds is one of classical beauty painted by the deft hand of a master artist. Elegant spires and gleaming domes make up the city skyline, replete with effusive displays of the lavish embellishments and intricate ornamentation typical of this style of architecture. Salzburg's legacy as the birthplace of Mozart is celebrated with enthusiasm at various sites across the city, such as the Geburtshaus where Mozart was born and the Salzburg Dom where lies the Romanesque font of his baptism. The city was also the setting of the world-renowned musical, the Sound of Music, and its many tours now invite you to walk in the footsteps of the Von Trapps. This rich, musical legacy is upheld by a cultural program of over 4,000 events each year, of which the Salzburger Festspiele is undoubtedly the high point. One of Europe's oldest restaurants at St. Peter's Abbey, Schloss Hellbrunn and the Museum of Modern Art present other facets of the city of Salzburg.
The area around Getreidegasse, Judengasse, and the Alter Markt dates back to the 12th Century. The buildings were lived in, as well as being sites for trade and commerce. In the 15th Century, development of this burghers' quarter was pretty much finished. The Old Townhall is situated where Getreidegasse and Judengasse are separated by the Kranzlmarkt. Built around 1400, the building was acquired by the city government some years later. Many changes and additions have been made since then. The marble portal dates from about 1600, its present appearance mainly dates back to the end of the 18th Century.
The city of Salzburg is forever associated with its most famous son, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The house on Getreidegasse, in which Mozart was born on January 27, 1756, is no doubt one of the city's biggest crowd-pullers. The mansion now houses the Mozart Museum, which provides visitors with a fascinating insight into the life and times of one of the world's greatest composers. Objects on display include Mozart's violins, harpsichord and piano, as well as many other objects of memorabilia.
Palazzi borghesi barocchi fanno da cornice alla piazza principale della città borghese.
The highlight of this narrow Goldgasse Street in Salzburg, Austria is its old buildings, market place and surrounding cafes. The street was named Goldgasse as previously there were goldsmith shops operational in this area. The current Goldgasse market place is worth visiting as the vendors showcase a variety of jewelry, antiques, traditional dresses, books, paintings and many other goods.
Amongst Salzburg's four main screens, Das Kino is arguably the most atypical when it comes to its program. Whilst the other three cinemas churn out for the most part the same old Hollywood blockbusters, Das Kino busies itself with selecting films of interest from the world over, often shown in the original language. The only compromises made to modernity have been technical consolidation and the renovation and enlargement of its rather diminutive rooms a few years ago. To its credit, this cinema still dedicates its program to the wants of tireless film buffs. Hopefully it will maintain this position for years to come.