The Salzkammergut (Lake District) is one of the most picturesque destinations around Salzburg, an easy hour’s trip from the city into the heart of the Austrian Alps. Thanks to its beauty and position at the top of its lake, the picture-perfect Salzkammergut village of Hallstatt and its environs were UNESCO World Heritage Site-listed in 1997. Sights around Hallstatt of interest include salt mines and dreamy mountain landscapes.
Salzburg conjures up images of Mozart, romance, and fairytale castles, but the city is no Baroque time warp these days. A remarkable spiky, silver pavilion designed by Viennese architecture firm Soma was erected in the Mozartplatz for the 2013 Salzburg Biennale and will be seen all over the city as a temporary home for arts and music festivals, so attitudes are changing. Modern museums in Salzburg are not the anachronism they once were.
Pristine Salzburg is neat, tidy and litter free and the townsfolk would rather it stayed that way. As Austrians in general have a tendency to stand on ceremony, here a few tips about what not to do in Salzburg.
Along with Red Bull of Formula One fame, Swarovski is one of Austria’s best-known exports; the bijou cut-glass animals that adorn many a shelf all over the world have bought fame and fortune to the billionaire Swarovski family. Now the company has surpassed itself in terms of creativity and branding to produce the extraordinary subterranean Swarovski’s Crystal Worlds – ‘Kristallwelten’ in German – near their company base in Wattens, 15 minutes outside Innsbruck.
Salzburg has a wide network of walking routes that stretch far out into the surrounding countryside for beautiful Alpine views and trails from easy to demanding – in fact more than 4,500 miles (7,200 km) of way-marked trails – but less well known is the existence of many walking routes around Salzburg that head right through the compact city center and the surrounding Stadtberge (city hills).