‘The Hills are Alive'... in Salzburg

Top tourist destination Salzburg is striking in summer but magical in winter too, so if you’re planning an autumn or winter break, there’s nowhere better to go. You can visit the town without the tourist hordes and enjoy this elegant city, redolent of the greatness of days gone by.

Nestling on the western border with Germany, Salzburg is famous for its beautiful scenery, cultural heritage and music tradition. You’ll fly into W.A. Mozart airport, named after its local hero, whose birthplace you can visit in town, where he also lived for seventeen years.

Some 250 years on, Mozart is still the inspiration for the world famous, month-long Salzburg Summer Music Festival, the cultural highlight of the year. Silent Night was also first sung nearby in the Oberndorf Chapel about a thirty minute drive away.

The spectacular Alpine scenery that surrounds Salzburg, was the inspiration for the film The Sound of Music and you can visit the sites where many of the scenes were filmed, including the gorgeous gardens of the Mirabell Palace which featured in the ‘Do-Re-Mi’ number.

Those who find the musical a little too cheesy may sympathise with the town’s refusal to allow a live performance of the musical in Salzburg. However this is about to change, as brave German opera director Andreas Gergen bids to change local opinion by staging the show in town.

Starting on the 21st of this month tourists and locals will be able to see Maria and the Von Trapps singing and dancing and generally making the hills come alive. The show will run until the 8th of June at the Salzburger Landestheatre (salzburger-landestheater.at). Enjoy!

Easy Jet flies to Salzburg from Bristol, Liverpool and London’s Gatwick and Luton, Ryanair from Dublin and London Stansted, and Jet2 from a number of northern cities.

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