Salzburg is the fourth-largest city in Austria and the capital of the federal state of Salzburg.
Salzburg’s “Old Town” (Altstadt) is internationally renowned for its baroque architecture and is one of the best-preserved city centers north of the Alps. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. The city has three universities and a large population of students. Tourists also frequent the city to tour the city’s historic center, many palaces, and the scenic Alpine surroundings.
Salzburg was the birthplace of 18th-century composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In the mid‑20th century, the city was the setting for parts of the musical play and film The Sound of Music.
We were here for three days to visit the Christmas markets and enjoy Austrian food. Our hotel was adequate but offered a highly overpriced breakfast that we tried once. The weather was as cold as expected, but with unseasonally blue skies and bright sunshine.