The rainiest months in Salzburg are June, July and August. During January, February and March, it might be very cold, but the weather is significantly better - no other months come with less rainfall than these
Stores in Salzburg are usually open from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Some already open at 8:00 a.m. or close for a 1 or 2-hour lunch break. Few shops, such as souvenir shops are also open on Sundays and holidays.
Epicures will face endless choices in Salzburg: the state of Salzburg has the highest concentration of gourmet restaurants in Austria. Many of these fine dining establishments are located in the city of Salzburg. Salzburg is also a trendsetter when it comes to organic food: nearly 38 % of the agricultural enterprises are organic farmers. Even the simpler restaurants serve fine delicacies from the Salzburg region.
Four extraordinary breweries in the city of Salzburg invite guests to enjoy a hearty snack in a convivial atmosphere. Favourite places to grab a bite in between are the delicatessen shops in Salzburg's Old City, the stands at the Green Market or one of the weekly farmers' markets on Mirabell Square or Papageno Square.
Sights and Attractions
The Mozarteum University in Salzburg offers over forty arts and education majors including music, performing arts and visual arts. A comprehensive education is given to 1,500 young artists from around the world in all of the instrumental subjects, in composition, conducting, voice, music theatre, drama, directing, stage design, music and dance education, art and industrial education as well as in music education and musicology. 500 instructors, many of whom are internationally renowned artists and educators, pass on their knowledge and art, filling the university with lively debate.
The history of the Mozarteum University dates back to 1841 and was shaped by outstanding personalities such as Bernhard Baumgartner, Clemens Krauss, Paul Hindemith, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Carl Orff and Sándor Végh. The Mozarteum was founded by the Salzburg Cathedral Music Society as a school of music. It became a conservatory in 1914, an academy in 1953, a college of music and performing arts in 1970 and a university in 1998.
With an international exchange of instructors and students, scholarship programs and mutual projects, the Mozarteum University has international relations with affiliated music and arts colleges.
The new building
The Mozarteum moved into the new building in the Mirabell Gardens in October along with 160 keyboard instruments, 2 organs, 240,000 books and manuscripts, 15,000 media formats (CDs, videos, DVDs, LPs), 300 cabinets, 2,000 chairs, 150 PCs, 320 desks, 400 music stands, 1,500 packing cases and 4,000 boxes for the library.
After the old building was closed in October 1998 due to constructional defects, the building underwent several years of rehabilitation. The new Mozarteum is a modern building with a useful area of 20,438 square meters designed to meet the needs of students and instructors. The chamber music hall - the "Solitaire," the big studio and the smaller event halls have turned the new Mozarteum into a young, creative and high-quality cultural venue in Salzburg. A 490 square meter rooftop terrace is the cherry on top of the 40-million euro state-of-the-art university building.
"Alter Markt," the Old Marketplace in Salzburg's historic city centre, was already laid out as an urban trading centre and marketplace in the 13th century. The square was known as Ludwig Victor Square between 1873 and 1927 after Archduke Ludwig Viktor, the youngest brother of Emperor Franz Joseph I, who moved to Klessheim Palace in 1861.
Oldest weekly market
The dairy market, herb market, turnip/cabbage market and the stove fitters' market were once linked to the central market. The square is enclosed by a row of stately burgher's houses, whose core often dates back to the middle Ages.
The Old Marketplace was not only used as a weekly market but also served as a festive setting for the Whitsun dance, the sword dance by the Dürrnberg miners, St. John's fire during the midsummer festival and the annual dance by barefoot bakers. The Old Marketplace also served as a venue for the annual Lent market until 1889. It spread to University Square and Residence Square after 1813 and was used for an autumn market until 1856, also known as St. Rupert's Market. The weekly market moved to present-day University Square in 1857.
The buildings and their history
Today the Old Marketplace boasts an impressive row of burghers' houses whose core often dates back to the middle Ages, although overlaid by early modern architecture.
The smallest house in Salzburg's historic city centre is a rare curiosity. With a width of only 1.42 meters, it is located next to the famous Tomas Elli coffeehouse. The tiny house was built to close a narrow alley between 1830 and 1860.
The old archiepiscopal apothecary has been located on Alter Markt since the end of the 16th century. The traditional coffeehouse, Café Tomaselli, and Café-Konditorei Fürst, whose founder invented the Mozart-Kugel chocolates, are located across from the Old Residence.
Sound of music tour
The life of the von Trapp Family is inseparably linked to the city of Salzburg. Every year nearly 300,000 people visit the Trapp Family homes and film locations. The 1965 film about the moving life of the novice, Maria von Trapp and her singing family with Julie Andrews in the leading role became an international box office success. The songs from "The Sound of Music" are known throughout the world.
· The Sound of Music tour includes the following original film locations:
· Mirabell Gardens and Pegasus Fountain (dancing scene with Maria and the children)
· Leopoldskron Palace (where the family lived in the film)
· Hellbrunn Palace (song scenes)
· Nonnberg Convent (where Maria lived as a young novice)
· St. Gilgen / Wolfgangsee (opening scene in the movie)
· Mondsee Church (wedding scene)
Europark Salzburg delivers an unparalleled shopping experience. The shopping centre on the edge of the city of Salzburg is considered to be the most beautiful shopping centre in the world. It has received awards as the world's best shopping centre in the categories architectural design and sustainable development. For shoppers this translates into a global standard shopping mall!
The Italian star architect, Massimiliano Fuksas, is responsible for the fascinating, award-winning architecture of the Europark. Over 130 shops are responsible for the wide array of fashions, handbags, cosmetics and perfume, jewellery, furniture, books, stationery, electrical appliances and other items available at the Europark. The mall offers everything the heart desires for children and adults, young and old, men and women, boasting an area of 36,000 square meters that leave no wish unfulfilled.
Small shops, big chain stores
Stores at the Europark (selection): Interspar, Hervis, H&M, Humanic, Saturn, Peek & Cloppenburg, Thalia, Zara, C&A, Ikea, Esprit, Vero Moda, Tommy Hilfiger, Wolford, Douglas, Swarovski, Stiefelkönig, Rieger Fashion, Jeans Only, Puma, Salomon, Mexx, Marionnaud, Marc O'Polo, Levi's Store, Benetton, Body Shop, Don Gil and many others.
Close and easy to reach
The Europark is located at the end of Klessheimer Allee just off the A1 motorway (Klessheim exit). The shopping center is only a 10-minute drive from the city center and has 4,200 free parking spaces. The Europark is serviced by bus line 1 from the central train station and bus line 20 from the city center (Hanuschplatz stop) or by rail from Berchtesgaden and Golling-Abtenau.
Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 7.30 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.