Visit The Historic City of Salzburg- An Ardent UNESCO Site Of Austria

Salzburg City View
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We have explored the beautiful volcanic crater and landscapes of Budj Bim Landscapes and the very intriguing Convict Heritage Site of Australia. Both the sites had their own uniqueness and the beauty that need to be preserved.
However, can you imagine an entire city been inscribed under the UNESCO World Heritage List? There I think I caught your attention!
Yes, The City of Salzburg is one such place and we are today going to explore it in and out!

About the City of Salzburg

City Of Salzburg
City Of Salzburg: Image Credit/salzburg.info

The beautiful city of Salzburg was listed on UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. This little old town has several architectural epitomes lined up in the streets. Salzburg at first glance is a place right out of the fairy tale. Surrounded by castles, cathedrals and huge baroque-style buildings, the city looks amazingly beautiful. It is no wonder why the place needs to be protected.
Salzburg is the 4th largest city in beautiful Austria. And the place had seen the majority of Roman Settlement in its early days. The name Salzburg means Salt fortress and it is just a coincidence that the main source is from salt extraction. The place is also famous for music and art. The legendary Mozart was born here!

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Let’s Check out the things to do at the City of Salzburg

Altstadt Salzburg (Old Town)

Altstadt Salzburg (Old Town)
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The old town in the City of Salzburg is a historically l significant one. The town has several Roman and Bourque-style buildings including the famous 17th century Salzburg cathedrals. The steep path that leads to the fortress is an eye-catcher. People love to take a walk in the streets of the old town which is also known as the maze of the medieval, shop from the street shops and eat their hearts out. There are several domes across the streets that are some famous architectural works of the early century.
The Bourque-style architecture of the place is such a fascinating sight that makes the people come here very often. A day’s trip would be enough to walk around the old town and get bewitched!

Fortress Hohensalzburg

Fortress Hohensalzburg
Fortress Hohensalzburg: Image Credit/salzburg.info

The Hohensalzburg Fortress is a sight worth a watch. It is situated in the heart of Salzburg’s Old Town, Austria. The fort stands tall 250 meters height and 150 meters wide to become one of the largest and massive structures of the medieval periods. It is known that the fortress was built for the then-Prince Archbishop of Salzburg.
The construction of this massive castle was started in 1077. And the same year it was opened. However, during the 20th century, the fortress served as a prison holding prisoners of World War I. Well-known German Sculpture Arno Lehmann was jailed here till his death!

St. Peter’s Abbey

St. Peter's Abbey_Salzburg
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St Peter’s Abbey is a 3 min walk from the famous Salzburg Cathedral. It is a famous monastery that stands right in the heart of the city. St Peter’s Abbey was founded in 696, making it one of the oldest living structures in the entire globe. Tourists often visit the Salzburg Cathedral and walk towards St Peter’s Abbey. And that makes Salzburg Cathedral our next stop!

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Salzburg Cathedral In City Of Salzburg

Salzburg Cathedral
Salzburg Cathedral: Image Credit/salzburg.info

A 17th-century Cathedral known for its Baroque Architecture and immense grandeur. That is what Salzburg is all about. It is the heart and soul of the city. This Cathedral was founded by Saint Rupert centuries ago, however, due to a massive fire, the cathedral was rebuilt in 1181.
The Cathedral is known to be the city’s most loved and popular church and also significant work in terms of architecture. This structure contributes hugely towards the city listing in the World Heritage Site by UNESCO. People from different places come down to Salzburg particularly to get a glimpse of this marvel. Don’t miss it when you are in the city of Salzburg.

Hellbrunn Palace and Fountains

Hellbrunn Palace Fountain
Hellbrunn Palace Fountain: Image Credit/salzburgerland.com

This is indeed one of the most enchanting palaces in the city. People love to visit this place especially along with family and kids. Hellbrunn Palace and Fountain is a significant historical part of the city. There will be an entry fee to the premises. And a guided tour will be given to those who require it. The guides there are professionals with proficiency in several languages.
There is a beautiful fountain in front of the palace. However, entry to the fountain is for limited members only. Hence it will be advisable to book your ticket before the visit. The surrounded gardens are beautiful and people can be seen strolling through the gardens.

Mirabell Palace and Gardens

Mirabell Palace Garden
Mirabell Palace Garden: Image Credit/bristol-Salzburg.at

After visiting Hellbrunn Palace and Fountains, you must visit yet another palace of the City of Salzburg. Mirabell Palace and Gardens are historically significant places and one of the most important landmarks of the city. The palace along with the beautiful garden looks enchantingly beautiful and attracts tourists religiously. This is why the place is listed in the cultural segment of the World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

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Architecture that is centuries old plays a significant role in the cultural and economic growth of the place. They are the symbol of the power and grandeur of the place they stand-in. Hence it is of utmost importance to preserve such places and structures to let history pass on the generations to come. And if you are wondering one such place, that has managed to do the job to a very excellent level. Then you should visit the City of Salzburg.
Bon Voyage!