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Salzburg is the birthplace of Mozart and still one of the world's great centers for music. It is the fourth biggest city in Austria, with a population of 150,000, and became famous across the world as one of the locations in the film "The Sound of Music".

Curling around the Salzach River, Salzburg is easily one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. The skyline is dominated by the Hohensalzburg fortress, which perches imperiously above the city. It is a city of culture, architecture, and stunning vistas.

Salzburg means 'Salt Fortress' and the city got its name by charging a toll to the salt barges, which traveled along the river in the 8th century. Today, the baroque architecture of the Old Town is recognized as one of the most complete in the world, and the entire area is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Salzburg is a year-round destination offering something for visitors in every season. Winter attracts skiers to the nearby Alps, while the summer festival season draws the largest crowds. Fall is a great time to enjoy the city's beautiful gardens, and the spring bloom of alpine meadow flowers is a joy to behold.

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Where to Stay in Salzburg

The Hotel Bristol Salzburg is one of the city's leading five-star hotels and is situated right in the heart of the city. Pension Elisabeth Salzburg is a good budget option just behind the train station, and Hotel & Villa Auersperg in the Old Town is a good mid-range hotel with a rooftop sauna and spa.

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Shopping Streets

Shopping in Salzburg's beautiful streets can be a real pleasure. The most famous shopping street is Getreidegasse, an elegant avenue offering upscale stores. Linzergasse is another good location for fashion boutiques and shoe stores.

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There are a number of supermarkets throughout Salzburg. Some of the major chains include Spar, Billa, and Interspar. There is a large mall, the Forum 1, just behind the train station. A quart of whole milk will cost around EUR1.10 and a dozen eggs is around EUR3.00.

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Where to Eat in Salzburg

Salzburg is famed for its traditional Austrian dishes. These include treats like Schnitzel, a breaded veal escalope. Strudel is a sweet pastry with cream, custard, or ice cream, often completed with fruit or nuts. Sachertorte is the local chocolate cake, usually layered with apricot jam. Tafelspitz is a traditional main course of boiled beef. Gasthaus Wilder Mann is a good budget restaurant serving traditional Austrian classics from around EUR7.00. For a meal with a view, try Franziskisschlössl. It is located on the Kapuzinerberg mountain in a former castle and serves good Austrian food and fine fish from EUR10.00. It also has some great Austrian beer. K+K restaurant is a good choice for an upscale romantic meal. It is situated on Mozartplatz, right beside the cathedral, and serves excellent Austrian cuisine. A meal for two with wine costs around EUR90.00.