Salzburg hosts hundreds of festivals - with the summer music festival as
its most prominent example.
On the autumn day as we visited, the Marktplatz was filled with happy folks.
Music, dancing, ice cream parlors and sausage stands were everywhere. People
chatting over giant glasses of local brew. Salzburgers sure know how to
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was one of them.
In the heart of the downtown Salzburg stands
his birth house.
Meaning 'Castle of salt', Salzburg has been known since 3000 years ago
as a place that yields salt. Celtic people once shipped the salt to neighboring
regions bringing in wealth, and the foundation of this city.
After the reign of the Roman empire, the
area was given to bishops, under whose patronship
the area flourished as a cultural capital
of Europe, producing many artists and musicians.