Ever wondered what Salzburg is all about or want to reminisce about your trip? Satisfy all your needs by reading this article!
Naomi MelchersDutch student blogs about her study in St. Pölten
Mozart, The Sound of Music, and lots of mountains. Are you wondering what they all have in common or did you already figure out that they are not only connected because of music, but also by Salzburg? Fine, you also could have read the title, but let’s pretend that you know a lot about this impressive city. Let’s find out what the impression of the internationals was!
It takes about three hours to get from St. Pölten to Salzburg and if you are able to keep your eyes opened on a Sunday at 8 in the morning, you will see the amazing transition of landscapes from East to West Austria. No worries, if you gave in to the temptation of sleep, you will be even more amazed once you get out of the train and see that you are surrounded by mountains. When you grow up in the Netherlands the only ‘’hills’’ that you see are the dunes near the beach – so I was very enthusiastic, maybe a bit too much. But oh well, that’s what going on exchange is all about, right?
Mozart, Mozart, and eh.. Mozart
Interested in the early years of Mozart? Visit Mozart's Birthplace. Interested in the original Mozart kugeln? Visit Konditorei Fürst. Interested in one of Mozart’s beloved walks? Visit Schloss Mirabell & Gardens. This is the place to be if you need to write a history report about the most famous Austrian since the 18th century. The city is full of statues, memories and you can even hear an occasional symphony cover by a local artist.
Yes, I know, I already mentioned the mountains but this is a very special one. On top of the Festungsberg, the mountain towers 120 metres above the city and provides a spectacular view of well.. other mountains and Salzburg. If you have no intention of walking, no worries; you can go by funicular and rise to the top. You can find the Hohensalzburg Fortress on top, this amazing castle was constructed almost 1000 years ago.
Copyright: Wouter Peetermans
The charming, musical and impressive city is most definitely worth a visit. It will take you back in time and you’ll be transported to the era of Mozart and his music. Can you expect tourists, yes. And also a lot of Mozart merchandise, but with little effort you’ll fall in love with the cobbled streets and the smell of freshly baked semmeln. To pay our respect to the great man, you will hum ‘’Eine Kleine Nachtmusik’’ – yes you can cheat by listening to it on Spotify. We’ll start in 1, 2, 3.. go!