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Beyond Mozart: The hip and affordable guide to Salzburg in 2014

Beyond Mozart: The hip and affordable guide to Salzburg in 2014

The picture says it all. Salzburg has one of the most beautiful old towns in all of Europe that should be on every traveler’s list. It’s worth a trip here just to stroll around and experience the same beautiful streets that Mozart roamed. But there’s so much more to Austria’s 4th largest city than Mozart » Read more

Salzburg: Our favorite free (and cheap) activities

Salzburg: Our favorite free (and cheap) activities

The hills may be alive with The Sound of Music in Salzburg, but there’s plenty to do that doesn’t involve Mozart and the Von Trapp family. For a trip down the less-touristy path, follow our tips on the best cheap (and free) activities in this stately Austrian city. Toy Museum Bürgerspitalgasse 2 Tel.: +43-662-62 08 » Read more

Salzburg Christmas Markets: A few of our favorite things

Salzburg Christmas Markets: A few of our favorite things

Carriage rides, outdoor concerts, ice skating, and hand-painted egg ornaments are just some of the things that get the champagne flowing around here during the holiday season. Salzburg has all that and more when it comes to their Christmas fest. Take a look at photos we hunted down of recent festive happenings at the Salzburg » Read more

Salzburg cheap souvenir: Music programs

Salzburg cheap souvenir: Music programs

The hills are alive in Salzburg, with the sound of Mozart, the von Trapp family, and music programs! The high note to most any performance, too, is that the guides and programs can be picked up for a song, or for free. Note-worthy souvenirs Salzburg, the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, is home to numerous » Read more

Salzburg: Free “Sound of Music” walking tour

Salzburg: Free “Sound of Music” walking tour

No trip to Salzburg is complete without at least a passing nod to “The Sound of Music,” the 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musical set in the city. The movie version, shot six years later, starred Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer and included many scenes shot in Salzburg. Not surprisingly, the city’s tourism industry doesn’t » Read more

Salzburg: Monchsberg Lift

Salzburg: Monchsberg Lift

Wondering how we captured this excellent sky-high view over Salzburg? We didn’t climb Mönchsberg, the mountain from which we snapped the photo. Instead, we entered a building in Museumsplatz, pressed a button the size of a dog’s paw, and took a bizarre James Bond-ish elevator straight up through the mountain rock. Mönchsberg stands approximately 523 » Read more

Salzburg: Questionable Cupcakes in Mozart’s Hometown

Salzburg: Questionable Cupcakes in Mozart’s Hometown

We don’t want to give Salzburg a bad rap, and we especially don’t want to give Salzburg’s incredible bakeries a bad rap, but we couldn’t help cringing after discovering the above-pictured cupcakes in a cafe display case in Mozart’s hometown. The display case started out cute. Men in top hats formed with cones, soldiers and » Read more

Salzburg: Rock aus at the Rockhouse!

Salzburg: Rock aus at the Rockhouse!

Our ongoing quest for a “scene” in touristy Salzburg brought us to a music venue in residential Schallmoos, just north of Kapuzinerberg: Rockhouse. At first we were dorked out the rock of the Kapuzinerberg, to be precise. Giant wire-covered rocks adorned the lawn out front, while the entrance gave way to a cavernous space defined » Read more

Salzburg: Everyone Loves a Flohmarkt!

Salzburg: Everyone Loves a Flohmarkt!

Most major European tourist destinations want so badly for you to shop at their luxury stores that they even publish little ritzy “how-to” pamphlets, as though you need help figuring out how to use your credit card. But all good Cheapos know that it’s the fleamarkets, not Louis Vuitton, that deserve our hard-earned euros. Not » Read more

What Has Been Done to Mozart’s Geburtshaus?

photograph courtesy of violinsoldier You shouldn’t visit Salzburg without paying homage to Mozart, one of the figures responsible for making the city so attractive to tourists in the first place. What better way to pay homage than to stomp around Mozart’s house of birth, or Geburtshaus, the place where the child genius uttered his first gurgle? But, for » Read more

Auf Wiedersehen, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik…

Auf Wiedersehen, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik…

photograph courtesy of Miranda Siegel Thank goodness for ARGEKultur, a glorious respite from all the Sound of Music buses and Mozartkugeln that define Salzburg’s cultural image! ARGE was founded in the 1980s as a protest against the city’s dominant “Festspielekultur.” ARGE’s good-sized Nonntal venue hosts hundreds of art and culture events every year, ranging from » Read more

Is there an art scene in Salzburg?

Is there an art scene in Salzburg?

The youngsters we asked insisted that the local scene was “dead,” that their city was consumed by loathesome tourist culture. That just made us more curious: what comes out of a city like Salzburg, which really is one of the most touristy places we have ever seen? Our quest led to the Salzburger Kunstverein. The museum is housed in a 19th-century » Read more

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