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Described as a 'Baroque jewel' and also known as the Rome of the North, enchanting Salzburg is the birthplace of Mozart and the storybook of Austria. The town is small enough to wander around yet still accessible to the surrounding mountains which can be easily explored by bicycle or on foot. The historic Aldstadt or Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you can admire the interwoven medieval and baroque architecture as you wander through winding alleyways leading to open squares silhouetted by church spires and rows of houses. Take the funicular to the Hozensalzburg Fortress, drive along the Königsee valley to Berechtesgaden where you descend to the 450 year old salt mines, and visit the Eagle's Nest, Hitler's mountain retreat. Alpine chic still reigns, but stylish Salzburg is embracing modernity with a cluster of contemporary art museums and Michelin-starred restaurants.
If you're something of a music buff, Salzburg should not be missed off your bucket list- here you can visit Getreidegasse where Mozart was born before following in the footsteps of the Von Trapp family and enjoying a private tour around Trapp Villa. There are also numerous festivals which take place throughout the year. At Easter, the city comes alive with Osterfestspiele Salzburg, a festival celebrating opera and classical music, while the summer Salzburg Festival is the most significant festival for operas, plays and concerts. If you're visiting over the festive period, don't miss the Advent Singing Festival followed by a glass of Glühwein at the Christmas Market - what better way to get in the Christmas spirit!
Spring is particularly pretty throughout Europe as the temperate climate awakens the flora of the region. Wet winters result in green springs and the mountains and plains come alive with blossom and flowers. This region enjoys pleasant warm summers and inland regions can be very hot in July and August, coinciding with the busiest periods. May, June and September are recommended due to the pleasant temperatures, though with fewer crowds. Eastern Europe tends to experience very cold winters, especially in inland areas. This is a pretty time to visit and many Eastern and Central European cities and towns hold traditional Christmas Fairs complete with decorated trees and festive entertainment.
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This 5* fairy-tale chateau is situated on a peninsula in Lake Fuschl at gateway to the Salzkammergut, just 20 minutes from Salzburg. It was built in 1450... Find out more
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We had the most fabulous holiday.The Schloss Fuschl (especially in the fine weather) was as near to perfect as one could suppose.Our room was totally charming (they upgraded us to a suite) and the restaurant was absolutely world-class.
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