One day in Innsbruck can barely do justice to all its treasures; it has a perfect setting in a valley circled by snow-capped mountains and is the main town of the Austrian Tyrol.
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).
An annual event for years following its highly successful inauguration in 1956, in 2014 Salzburg Mozart Week will be held between January 23 and February 2, which straddles the great composer’s birthday on January 23, 1756. The festival is hosted by the Mozarteum Foundation Salzburg and encompasses a series of chamber and orchestral concerts as well as opera performances conducted by Mozart specialists from across the world.