Shop signs in Salzburg, Austria (PhotoDisc)

Hohensalzburg Fortress view from the Salzach River in Salzburg, Austria (Dennis Flaherty/Photodisc/Getty)

Hallstatt town by lake, Salzburger Land, Austria (Manchan/Digital Vision/Getty)

Salzburg, Austria (iStockphoto)

Cityscape of Salzburg, Austria (iStockphoto)

Salzburg, Austria in Winter (iStockphoto)

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What to do in Salzburg

The image is enduring: Maria and the children frolicking through gardens, singing as they dance around fountains, through landscaped archways, and up and down stairs. The setting is Salzburg, and it’s as delightful as it appears on the big screen, a fact that even those who aren’t fans of The Sound of Music (which includes most Austrians, interestingly enough) can’t deny. Follow in the footsteps of the Von Trapps by paying a visit to Schloss Leopoldskron, the palace where they fell out of the boat into the lake when greeting the Captain, or Schloss Frohnburg, used for exterior shots of the family’s residence. And of course the Mirabell Gardens, where they found their voices and belted out, “The hills are alive…” After all, this is a mountain town that makes it easy to sing its praises.

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Traveler Reviews of Salzburg


Donald rates Salzburg
We have been to Salzburg three times and enjoyed it. The town is easily covered by foot although we would advise spending more than one day there to take the time to enjoy all it has to offer. A car is helpful to get to other places in the Salzcammergut that are very attractive. Do some research and you'll find out.
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