Salzburg is one of the most important tourist poles in Austria, and also one of the most beautiful. A name and a face are omnipresent. Obviously, it’s Mozart. There is no escaping him there.
Berlin, October 14, 2021 (The Berlin Spectator) – Get nougat, dark chocolate, marzipan, and pistachio. Put everything together and form a ball. Then cover it with silver paper that should have a photo of the city superstar printed on it. Make it look good. Congratulation. You have just created your first Mozart ball. Yes, the balls are necessary in the Salzburg confectionery sector, but also of quality.
Some of the best Mozart balls are made by confectioner FÃ¼rst. Here the share of nougat seems to be higher, compared to ‘Mozartkugeln’, as the Austrians and Germans call them, made elsewhere. Wherever purchased, Mozart balls make great gifts for people without diabetes who consume marzipan. But anyone, even those who are not into this combination of ingredients, will appreciate the gesture. Giving Mozart balls as a gift shows that you are a person of good taste. Hey, you’ve just returned from Mozart’s birthplace, and you can probably even sing his melodic rendition of Goethe’s’Stand Ein Veilchen auf der Wiese‘.
When Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart aka Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on January 27, 1756, Salzburg was a principality of the Holy Roman Empire, but his birthplace in Getreidegasse 9 was obviously already there. And this is still the case today. Mozart is everywhere. A large statue of Mozart towers over Mozartplatz, a square in Mozart’s birthplace. Anyone who wants all the Mozart available could stand in front of the Mozart statue in Mozart Square, listen to his Symphony no. 1 in E major on headphones and consuming a Mozart ball at the same time, but that would likely lead to a Mozart overdose.
Mozart Square was installed in 1588, exactly 168 years before the man was born and 203 years before his death. While we think about how this is possible, let’s move on. Salzburg is much more than Mozart, isn’t it? This claim becomes evident at Residenzplatz. On August 12 of this year, a large poster with a picture of Mozart announces up to four Mozart concerts for the same day, namely a ‘Piano Matinee’, a ‘Residence Concert’, a ‘Mozart Violin Sonatas’ and a titled âMozart Piano Sonatasâ. Okay, there is no escaping Mozart in Salzburg. We admit it.
In the picturesque old town of the city with its beautiful pedestrian zone, all of the most expensive fashion brands that this planet has to offer are represented. Just like the perfume and all the souvenirs that fit in oversized shopping bags. In Getreidegasse, a pretty alley, an orange house is photographed around 200 times per second, thanks to a man, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, whose first achievement was to be born here, a few steps from the Salzach River. In order to put the whole house in a photo, a wide-angle lens is needed, or the photographer will have to get as far away as possible, or both.
Hot August day
If we needed a direct translation for Salzburg, the name of this lovely city would be âSalt Castleâ. This is because, hundreds of years ago, salt production was the main activity here. The Hohensalzburg Fortress, which overlooks Salzburg, is its main landmark. It’s even on the city crest. Yes, in this case it is not Mozart’s face. Over a thousand years ago, in 1077, construction began. For those who don’t have an energy problem on a very hot August day, who are ready to go up there or use the elevators provided with a million other tourists during the Corona era, the fortress offers a magnificent view.
We have two words for you: Salzburg Cathedral. Completed in 1628 and restored in 1959, this is another impressive landmark with a beautiful interior. Just opposite, a large stage was set up this day of August 2021, for a concert with music composed by a late genius who has not yet been mentioned in this feature film: Yes, Mozart. There are so many beautiful churches, squares and palaces in Salzburg, including Schloss Mirabell with its lovely flower garden.
But it’s also great to breathe the atmosphere of the city, far from all these monuments. Those visiting Salzburg on a Thursday should definitely visit Schrannemarkt, a historic market right across from Mirabell Palace, and then sit down in one of those cute cafes in the Old Town or right by the river. Austria has a rule of thumb: it’s always a good time for an apple strudel with a vanilla sauce.
Salzburg, a rather small city with only 155,000 inhabitants, offers a lot of beauty and history, but also trucks full of culture. Countless museums, including the Salzburg Museum and the House of Nature, are good places to visit. But so are these music festivals. There are so many that it is easy to lose track of them. They include the âCantus MM Music and Culture Festivalâ in June and July, the Salzburg Festival in spring and âMozart Weekâ in January.
For those who have had enough of Salzburg and its superstar after six hours of walking, it’s easy to get by. Going from Mirabell Palace in the heart of Salzburg to the closest border post to the Federal Republic of Germany takes 15 minutes by car, 22 minutes by bike, 27.5 minutes on horseback, 39 minutes on mule or a little more. ‘an hour on foot.
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