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1 day in salzburg- is this ambitious

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1 day in salzburg- is this ambitious

I am planning to do the following in my morning to evening stay at Salzburg. Am I being ambitious

All the sound of music sites + Hozensalzburg fortress, Mozart birthplace, DOM or cathedral,Hellbrun palace and trick fountains, Salzburg zoo, Unterberg

I was thinking of taking the hop off hop on bus to do this. Is this is good idea. Is the Salzburg card valid on this ? Or is there a better economical way + time saving way to do this.

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1. Re: 1 day in salzburg- is this ambitious

Very Ambitious

I would reduce to at least

All the sound of music sites + Hozensalzburg fortress, Mozart birthplace, DOM or cathedral

Followed by either Hellbrun palace and trick fountains or the Untersberg.

With the Salzburg card you get a -€4 discount for the Hop on Hop off bus.

You can walk around the old town and see a lot of the sites. I would list what you want to do and look at the locations on a map.

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2. Re: 1 day in salzburg- is this ambitious

I'm not a Salzburg expert, but from my visits to the city I'd say you'd be very pushed to fit all that in. How long were you thinking of allocating to each item (zoo, fortress, Hellbrun, etc)?

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3. Re: 1 day in salzburg- is this ambitious

Here is info to the SOM in the city.

If you are arriving by train the first Sound of Music sight you come to is Mirabelgarten. You could walk here from the station or take a bus. At Mirbelgarten there is the hedge “tunnel” that Maria and the children run through. There is the pond and fountain they dance around and also the set of steps where they sing the finale of “Do-re-mi.” From Mirabel you can walk out into Makartplatz, turn right past the Landestheater and then cross the river by the Makartsteg footbridge. This will take you into the old city. If you have a city map just head for Domplatz (cathedral square) or Residenzplatz. In Residenzplatz there is the horse fountain dating from the 17th century. When Maria leaves the abbey she dips her hand into this fountain on her way to the bus.

Much artistic licence is taken during these scenes. Maria would be doubling back on herself and taking a most strange route to the bus if the scenes are to be believed. But they were filmed for the lovely views and while it’s a little confusing for fans of the film, you do see some lovely parts of town.

In the do-re-mi scenes they ride through Mozartplatz in a horse and carriage. The shops that they pass have changed very little. Mozartplatz is right next door to Residenzplatz so you can walk to it very quickly.

The inspiration for the scene where the family hide behind grave stones is St Peter’s Cemetery. The actual film set was in a studio but at St Peter’s you can see the tall grave stones enclosed behind wrought iron gates. This is a lovely spot to visit. The cemetery is approached from a variety of ways. You can go in from Kapitelplatz, next to the cathedral and walk through. If you go in this way and walk right through to St Peter’s church (very elaborate and worth a visit) you are almost at the Rock Riding School which is the scene for the concert at the end of SOM when the family first escape. If you’re unsure where it is just ask directions. Everyone is very helpful. I have not been inside the Rock Riding School myself so can’t say too much about it. Just beyond it is the Horse Pond in Karajanplatz. The pond is seen in the film but I can’t remember precisely at which point.

If you carry along past Karajanplatz you come to the Monchsberg lift. You can take the lift to the museum of modern art. Just outside the doors of the museum is a fabulous view of the city. It is at this point (formerly known as The Winkler Steps because of the Café Winkler that once stood there) that Maria and the children first put words to the song Do-re-mi. You could then walk along the Monchsberg towards the fortress. The fortress path is signposted as is the path which leads to Nonnberg Abbey. You follow the path up to the abbey and you come to the little abbey church. In the film Maria walks out into the garden of the church when she first leaves the abbey (guitar in hand). She then walks out of the gates (bit of artistic licence here too). You can go through these gates into the church. The gates are also the spot where the children talk to the nuns when they come to find Maria.

A couple of the city SOM sights are a little way out of the city. Frohnburg, the house at which Maria arrives when she gets off the bus, is situated on the Hellbrunner Allee. It’s a good walk out of the city along a lovely pedestrianised path. Although the house is nice to see you cannot go inside and sometimes there are cars parked in front, spoiling the image somewhat. In the film it appears as though only one house is used but in fact the house with the lake behind it is Schloss Leopoldskron. This again is just outside the city and is a hotel and events venue. You could get there by bus or taxi for a look but you can actually see it from the southern walls of the fortress if you can’t spare the time to go to it.

The famous gazebo, where Rolf and Liesl dance and sing “Sixteen going on Seventeen) is at Schloss Hellbrunn. You are not allowed inside it and to be honest it’s a bit of a disappointment. If you’re visiting Hellbrunn anyway then you can take a quick look and a photo, but of all the things to see at Hellbrunn that is probably the least interesting.

Other incidental sights are the Mozartsteg footbridge across the river which Maria and the children cross, they also dance along the river bank with the city viewed behind them. This footbridge can be reached by turning left out of Mozartplatz and walking to the river.

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4. Re: 1 day in salzburg- is this ambitious

There is no way to do all that in one day. Cut out Untersberg and the zoo. Hellbrunn trick fountains need good weather and no rainy day.

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5. Re: 1 day in salzburg- is this ambitious

I presume that it is the som locations within the city that you want to see.most are within close proximity of each other. the bus would be of little use to you there. the zoo is quite a way out and you could drop it. besides which, sadly it is not too impressive. Unterberg could also be dropped

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6. Re: 1 day in salzburg- is this ambitious

I understand that you want the maximum return on a limited time budget, but I think you'll do yourself a disservice by trying to fit too much in - it will all just become a blur.

From my experience, I would drop Mozart's birthplace (unless you're a big, big fan), the zoo and Unterberg. Loved the Mirabell Palace and Garden, lovely views from Hohensalzburg and cycled out to Hellbrun Palace, which was very enjoyable.

You might want to consider starting off at Hohensalzburg Castle before it gets too crowded, wander through Salzburg's old town, which has so many wonderful attractions and end up at Mirabell Palace. If you have extra time, head to Hellbrun.

My thoughts for what its worth.

Regards,

Johan

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why on earth cut out mozarts birthplace? it is culturally far more famous than som sites, and it is in the centre of the old town that you are telling the op to visit, on the way to castle and dom, and in the middle of som places. strange! apart from that, a tour in the house will only take 15-20 mins

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Nakagoli, I simply did not find Mozart's birthplace as interesting compared to Salzburg's many other wonderful attractions. My favourite piece at the museum was his violin but beyond that I was not overly enthralled. Of course, I mentioned my personal experience only because the OP has limited time in the city. I would love to advise the OP to start off at Getreidegasse, visit Mozart's birthplace, move on to University Church, the Festpielhaus, Franziskaner Church, Salzburg Cathedral and Domplatz, St Peters Abbey and Cemetery, Kapitelplatz, Residentzplatz and Palace, St Michael's Church, Mozartplatz and Salzburg Museum with perhaps a cup of coffee at 220 Rosthaus or lunch at Paul Stube before heading to the northern side of the river, but there is simply insufficient time. However, the OP might find the museum the most interesting place visited in Austria - that's the benefit of the Forum, asking people their opinions and making up their own minds what they'd like to see in the time available to them. And of course, I respect your opinion that Mozart's birthplace is definitely something you would advise people to see.

Norman C, interesting that you find my advice 'dubious' simply because I enjoyed some sights more than others. Certainly you don't begrudge me my own opinion, do you? Please drop me a message and highlight the instances you found my advice to be "dubious" - I'd love to know how I can "improve" my opinion!

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