Already legendary for its musical connections both high brow (Mozart) and low brow (The Sound of Music), Salzburg is adding to its credentials by adding gastronomic delights to its claims to fame. Seven themed culinary trails in Salzburg and environs will unveil the heady epicurean influences of the region to the world.
Salzburg may be the city of Mozart, of classical music and smartly dressed concert-going audiences, but it is also the city of Maria, much loved and much visited in pilgrimage to one of the best-selling films of all times. There are many Sound of Music sights in Salzburg and its environs, and a whole tourist industry has grown up around it.
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.