As you wander its medieval and Baroque streets that helped earn Salzburg
the honor of being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you may feel like you have wandered into a dream. But the city is more than a gorgeous museum piece, continuing its role as one of Austria's cultural capitals that dates back to the days of Mozart, who was born here.
Just down the celebrated Getreidegasse from the house where Mozart was born, the Arthotel Blaue Gans (Blue Goose) is located in an historic townhouse, but its interiors are thoroughly modern and filled with contemporary art. Its Gewölbe restaurant has an ancient vaulted ceiling, creating an unforgettable setting for a meal. In another 14th-century house, the Cozy Hotel Weisse Taube ("white dove") is a casual property just off the Mozartplatz. Serving tafelspitz
and goulash, Zum Fidelen Affen is a celebrated traditional dining establishment, while the 220 Grad Café (grad
means degrees) serves light fare with their own roasted coffee brews.
Two of Salzburg's iconic sites lie on either side of the Salzach river: With a rich museum collection of historic artifacts, Hohensalzburg Castle looms over the old town; the Mirabell Palace with its stunning Marble Hall and formal gardens lies on the left bank.
Tip: Make admiring the city's landmarks a delicious experience by picking up some Mozartkugeln-chocolate balls with pistachio centers-to snack on as you wander among the Baroque masterpieces.