The birthplace of Mozart, Salzburg sits along the Salzach River at the northern edge of the Alps, and is a showcase of remarkably well-preserved Baroque architecture. It's a city of glittering palaces and monumental churches-you'll soon understand why its historic heart is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is also a city that will delight anyone with a sweet tooth. The aroma of strudels, tortes, and meringues pour from its bakeries onto the cobblestoned streets.
The most famous of the city's sweet treats are the Mozartkugeln—balls of pistachio cream surrounded by nougat and a chocolate shell. They were first invented by Paul Fürst in 1890 and have been a popular treat ever since. The original Cafe Konditorei Fürst, which first opened in 1884, still stands on the town's Alter Markt, and you can sample the Mozartkugeln at their source, or opt for one of the confectionary's other signature, if less famous, chocolates made with marzipan, vanilla and mocha creams, and rich chocolate.
For an itinerary to the gourmet highlights of the Alps, visit AFAR Journeys.