Salzburg, Austria :
Salzburg, Austria: The Ultimate Guide with Kids
A walk through Salzburg and you feel like the hills are truly alive with the sound of music. The city's squares, architectures, cobble-stoned streets, and sweeping vistas of the Untersberg mountains in the distance make for a seriously romantic background. There are many things to do in Salzburg, it is a very manageable city to visit, and a wonderful weekend trip for the family.
Getting to Salzburg:
Salzburg is easily accessible by train and car from other parts of Austria and neighboring countries like Germany, Switzerland and Hungary. The Salzburg W.A. Mozart International Airport can be accessed directly from major European cities and with a connection from other countries.
Getting Around Salzburg:
Salzburg's public transportation provides easy access to the whole city. Once you are in the center it is best to walk around. Taxis are also easily available.
Things to do in Salzburg with Kids:
1. The Sound of Music Tour: If you are a fan of the movie, you must not miss this. The entire tour is 4 hours and half of it is spent on a bus so the kids won't get too tired and can even sing along to songs from the movie. The tour will highlight the site of prominent scenes in the movie such as the boat scene when Maria and the Von Trapps fall into the water, the two homes used as the Von Trapp residence and the chapel in which Maria and the Captain were married, in Mondsee, a small town outside Salzburg. There are two tours running in town; we went with Panorama Tours, and enjoyed it. Note: The gazebo is a bit of a let-down. It was built for the movie and then moved to another location. Visitors are not allowed to prance inside it but you can take a picture outside!
2. Mozart's Birthplace and Residence: One of the two museums in Salzburg dedicated to Mozart, the birthplace is particularly interesting for children as it displays many of his instruments as a child and tells us a bit about his family. It is a small museum set over multiple levels with different rooms dedicated to various aspects of the maestro's early years, from his travels to his personal effects and letters of correspondence. There is even a lock of his hair in the room of his birth. The residences were reconstructed after the First World War and offer a more intimate view into Mozart's personal life. A must-see for budding musicians!
3. The Mirabell Gardens and Pegasus Fountain: The Mirabell Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the center of Salzburg and its geometrically-arranged gardens are a popular tourist destination. In the center is the Pegasus fountain which you may recall from the Do-Re-Mi song in the Sound of Music. Take a stroll through the Gardens and practice your scales on the rim of the fountain like the Von Trapp children did!
4. The Dom Quartier: The Dom Quartier was reopened in 2014 after being closed for 200 years so you can imagine it being quite a treat to visit now. The Quartier leads you through the Residenzplatz (Residence Square) and the Domplatz (Cathedral Square). The Long Gallery leading to St. Peter's Abbey houses some of the most significant baroque works in Europe and the Organ gallery of the Salzburg Cathedral is a particularly wonderful sight. The Dom Quartier has special tours and programmes for children so check the schedule before you visit.
5. The Hohensalzburg Fortress: The Hohensalzburg Fortress watches over Salzburg like a gigantic baroque guardian. Kids will enjoy the funicular ride up to the fortress and the more morbid ones will revel in the torture chambers. The rest of us enjoy the gorgeous views and being a part of Salzburg's history!
If you have some more time in Salzburg, enjoy the beautiful scenery, catch a concert, and indulge in some apple strudel (crisp, of course!).
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