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.
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.
In former times, Salzburg sported two "Sega Bars." But only one survived thanks to the central positioning on the Rudolfkai. Here, the fun-seeking guest can find everything they need, and that for a very low price compared with others. Apart from the usual beer and wine specialties the place also offers various mixed drinks; however, the bar decides to charge an entrance fee every now and then, which is usually quite minimal. If you stay for the evening, the low price of drinks will make the cover charge worthwhile. Once inside, fast modern music, a professional staff and a load of young, happy people will persuade you to stay on into the night.
Salzburg's Getreidegasse is the most famous street in the city, therefore the most crowded. If you are really interested in getting a view of the charming old houses, try to visit early, preferably before 10 in the morning - pretty portals and wonderful courtyards can only be seen and appreciated then. The Getreidegasse is famous for its wrought-iron signs, dating from the 16th to the 19th centuries - the design of the signs dates back to the Middle Ages! It is worth taking a second look at the houses because they are adorned with dates, symbols or the names of their owners, so they often tell their own history.
A historical building which now functions as a spectacular museum, Mozart's Residence (Mozarts Wohnhaus) preserves the rich legacy of the composer's life and work. Before Mozart and his family moved in, it was famously referred to as the 'Dance Master's House', as it was then occupied by Lorenz Spöckner, a dancer who hosted classes for court nobles. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart lived in this wonderful house on Makartplatz 8 for just seven years, from 1773 to 1780. The building was destroyed in World War II and rebuilt in 1996. Today, it is one of the most important Mozart museums in Salzburg. The rooms on the first floor not only preserve myriad memorabilia belonging to the Mozart family, but also his revered fortepiano. The building hosts riveting concerts and exhibitions showcasing the storied life of its world-famous inhabitant.
DomQuartier Salzburg is a magnificent museum in Salzburg, which is home to over 2,000 intriguing exhibits, and documents the art and architecture over 1,300 years. Formerly the seat of the archbishop, the museum opened in 2014 to public, after a gap of over 200 years. The gallery features certain artifacts from the Archdiocese of Salzburg. The museum offers several kinds of tours, right from thematic tours, general tours, tours for children and more.