It is hard not to think of music when Salzburg comes to mind. Birthplace of Mozart and backdrop of “The Sound of Music,” Austria’s fourth-largest city is also the capital of the federal state of Salzburg. Salzburg rests at the northern boundary of the Alps and lies on the banks of the Salzach River, where you can take a river cruise to glimpse unparalleled views of the city and its mountain ranges. For those interested in hitting the slopes, Salzburg is in close proximity to great skiing areas.
Salzburg is filled with tourist-friendly destinations and hosts over 4,000 festivals every year, so there will never be a dull moment. Spend at least one day exploring Old Town—the whole town was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to many of the cities best attractions. The Salzburg Cathedral, a 17th century baroque-style cathedral, is a must-see for anyone interested in architecture. It was the site of Mozart’s baptism. Fans of musicals should definitely take a tour based on “The Sound of Music,” which explores its filming locales throughout Salzburg. Getreidegasse is a great place to go shopping and one of the oldest streets in Salzburg. Be sure to look out for the Marionettenfrau or “puppet woman,” who carries a big brown basket and has been selling puppets since 1987.