Cheap Flights to Salzburg
The fourth-largest city in Austria and home to more than 150,000 inhabitants, Salzburg is flanked by the majestic Alps and epitomises the glory of this picturesque region. Official records indicate that the city dates back to the Neolithic Age, but historians believe that the first settlements occurred circa the 5th Century B.C. and was inhabited by the Celts. The Roman Empire, however, merged the settlements into one city around 15 B.C. and the area became of great significance to its new rulers when it was elevated to the status of a Roman municipal.
Today, this fine city boasts an array of impressive attractions for visitors and has become a much sought-after destination for culture and history lovers. This thriving and historic city is also hailed for its breath-taking views, opera and fine cuisine. The area is also in close proximity to a range of swimming lakes offering clean, safe waters and iconic scenery. Perhaps better known as the city where the famous musical film the Sound of Music was filmed, Salzburg is also renowned for its festivals which is why it has been dubbed Festival City. The city's Summertime Festival spans the summer months, with opera, classical music and children's festivals too. Many of the tickets are free of charge and the majority of events are open air.
Things to do
There is no shortage of things to do in Salzburg. Whether you're a dedicated foodie, an unbridled Shopaholic or a history buff, this marvellous city caters for everyone.
Die Weisse, located on Rupertgasse, serves excellent, traditional Austrian dishes. The restaurant is also frequented by locals and serves beer which is brewed on the premises.
Hohensalzburg Fortress, located on the Mönchsberg, is the best-preserved fortress in Europe. Built in 1077, this fine example of Medieval architecture also houses a museum and offers stunning views across the city.
Take a stroll around the Old Town -- the charming cobbled streets contain no fewer than 400 shops. Collect hand-crafted souvenirs or browse the boutique stores offering a selection of clothing, jewellery and leather goods.
Calendar of Events
Renowned as the birth place of Mozart, Salzburg and this glorious region hosts an array of festivals all year round. From classical music and opera to celebrating circus performers, visitors will be delighted by the selection of festivals.
The Salzburg Festival. First established in 1920, the Salzburg Festival spans five weeks and begins at the end of July. The event celebrates the region's music, opera and theatre and many of the events are free of charge.
The Fascination of the Circus Festival. Occurring every November and spanning six weeks, this festival celebrates the performing arts of the circus. Festival goers are treated to acrobatic performances, storytelling and interesting workshops.
The Krauthügel Project. The Krauthügel Project is held from the 4th June to the 30th September and is a celebration of the city's art and culture. The event is hosted at the Krauthügel: a huge park covering more than 80,000 square metres. An array of paintings, sculptures and ceramics are exhibited and the artists also hold a series of workshops.