A day in Salzburg

Salzburg was founded on the wealth from the salt mined from the neighbouring mountains and is now a Unesco World Heritage Site.

We set out early and were in Salzburg by 9.00 am.This had two advantages.

a) It was still cool

b) We were ahead of the crowds.

The Altstadt

The Alstadt or Old Town features narrow streets that link beautiful squares and it is also the area where Mozart was born. We started our day in Mozartplatz which is at the eastern end of the Altstadt. In the centre of the square is a statue of the composer.

Mozart

Leading off from Mozartplatz is the Residenzplatz or Residents Square. On the southern side of the square is one face of the Dom, but the main feature of the square is the Residenzbrunnen (Residents Fountain)

This Renaissance Fountain is considered to be the most beautiful fountain in the city. At the base are four horses spouting water. Above them giants support the lower basin in which three dolphins balance the upper scalloped basin. The upper basin holds a Triton and a jet of water shoots into the air from his conch shaped trumpet.

Residenzbrunnen

 

The next square leading off from Residenzplatz is Domplatz and the cathedral

 1380

Preparations were underway for the Salzburg festival and a huge stage was being erected in front of the cathedral making it difficult to get a decent photo.

The cathedral is dedicated to Saint Rupert and Saint Virgil. On the entrance grill there are three dates.

774. The Abbot and Bishop Virgil, who came from Ireland consecrated the first cathedral.

1628. The old minster was demolished after a fire. Archbishop Markus Sittikus began the building of the present cathedral. It was consecrated by Archbishop Paris Lodron on September 25th 1628.

1959. An aerial bomb destroyed the dome of the cathedral on October 16th 1944. Archbishop Andreas Rohracher directed the rebuilding during the post-war period.The cathedral was reopened for services on May 1st 1959.

The interior of the cathedral is magnificent especially the dome and ceilings.

The Domed Roof of the Catherdral

On the south side of the cathedral lies Kapitelplatz and the Neptune fountain on the site of an old horse pond.

What attracted my attention was ‘The Man on the Golden Ball’

This piece of artwork is called Sphaera but is known locally as ‘Mann auf Mozartkugel’

Every year the Salzburg Festival choses a top artist to develop a piece of artwork for the city. The artist who designed this piece was Stephen Balkenhol.

Sphaera

Situated high above the Altstadt is the Monchsberg, the central mountain of Salzburg. It is 503 metres in height and from the top there are spectacular views of the city.

Salzburg panorama

At the summit is the Festung Hohensalzburg fortress, residence of the Archbishops of Salzburg.

There are several ways to get to the fortress but we chose the easy option by taking the funicular railway (the FestungsBahn) which goes straight to the heart of the fortress. The price of the ticket (11 euros) includes the entrance fee to the fortress and an audio guide. We spent an interesting couple of hours up there although there was a lot of climbing especially up the narrow spiral staircase to the top of the tower.

The Fortress

The city’s fortress has stood on the rock since Roman times. The defensive complex that we see today was started by Archbishop Gebhard (1060-88). Its present appearance is largely due to additions made by Leonhard von Keutschach (1495-1519)

 

Back in the old town we had a rest and watched the horses that transport the tourist round the city enjoy their equally deserved rest and have their hooves cooled with water.

Horses

We then headed off in search of Mozart’s House. The birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. It is now a mecca for tourists.

Mozart's house

Walking though the narrow streets I enjoyed looking up at the various signs.

Street signs

 

On the other side of the Salzach river lies the new town and the Schloss Mirabell and the Mirabell gardens. The colourful gardens were beautiful and well manicured.

Mirabelle Gardens

There were many fountains but the ‘Statue of Pegasus’ was popular with fans of ‘The Sound of Music’ –as it was where Maria taught the children to sing ‘Do Re Mi’

Mirabelle Gardens 2

On the edge of the gardens on the way to the river we saw some interesting figures.

Figures

It was now time to head back and after a nice stroll along the river bank we crossed the Staatsbrucke (State Bridge) to re-enter the old town,

I had taken dozens of pictures and in danger of developing repetitive strain injury in my shutter finger. Just a couple more images of a clock and it was time for a coffee before returning to St Gilgen.

Clock

 

A super day out in Salzburg.

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About crosbyman66

My aim is to create a photo diary of my walks and my travels. I have two main hobbies, walking and photography and these complement each other. I am a senior citizen, what used to be called an old age pensioner, but I don't feel old. Since retirement I have had more time to pursue my hobbies and the opportunity to travel more. My philosophy now is - Do what you can, while you can. My other interests are fine wines and keeping fit. These may not complement each other but keep me happy.
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One Response to A day in Salzburg

  1. aaron says:

    Looking for forward to reading extra of your stuff in a while!? Im usually to writing a blog and i actually respect your posts.

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