This morning your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby for an overview walking tour of historic Salzburg.
The Hohensalzburg fortress, strategically located on a hill overlooking the old town, is one of the largest medieval castles in Europe. Originally built in the 11th century as a simple bailey with wooden walls, the structure was gradually expanded and strengthened in the following centuries. Because the fortress actually never came under a military siege and was surrendered without a fight to Napoleon’s army, this is one of the best-preserved castles in Europe.
You will also see the Salzburg Cathedral, a 17th-century Baroque building which was the site of Mozart’s baptism. You can also see the Benedictine St. Peter’s abbey, the oldest monastery in Austria. The Romanesque abbey church, still in use today, was dedicated in the 12th century. Its interiors were refurbished in the Rococo style in the 18th century. The abbey also houses the oldest library in Austria including 800 ancient manuscripts and some 100,000 volumes, focusing on medieval church history, art history, and items relating to the local history of Salzburg,
Salzburg’s most famous son is of course Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and you will get a chance to visit his birthplace. His family lived here for 27 years and today you can see items from Mozart’s childhood.
All throughout your sightseeing today, you’ll also be noticing sites from The Sound of Music, including Mirabel Gardens (“Do-Re-Mi”), the abbey and the cemetery where the family hid from the Nazis.
Mirabell Palace Gardens is located on the bank of the Salzach River, which was supposedly built by a local archbishop for his Jewish mistress. The palace gardens house the Baroque Museum, featuring an extensive collection of artifacts from the 17th – 18th Century. This is also the site of Maria and the von Trapp children singing Do-Re-Mi from The Sound of Music.
Afterwards, meet your driver to do a bit more exploring. One possibility could be the Nonnberg Alley, which is considered to be the oldest nunnery in the world. This is where Maria was a postulate in The Sound of Music.
Then you can visit the Hellbrunn Palace Gardens where the pavilion from “16 Going on 17” is filmed. Afterwards, you can see the Mondsee wedding church and the Villa Trapp.