SalzburgMaria Jose Sada
Salzburg has gone soft. What used to be the site of pillaging and burning, churches falling into piles of divine rubble, and Mozart clawing around the edges of truth sonata after sonata is now perfectly content to orient most of the typical tourist experience around an admittedly well-shot but absurdly plotted movie starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. Alas, all cities cannot retain their crusading kick-assery, and it’s probably a good thing for Salzburg’s architecture, considering everything in the city has been destroyed and rebuilt multiple times. But then again, you would be remiss to define Salzburg solely by mountain-twirling and wistful sing- ing about Edelweiss. For one thing, the definitive symbol of Salzburg is a fortress (Festung Hohensalzburg) that has never once been conquered. If you fancy yourself an ascetic or devotee more than a war-buff, Salzburg boasts a dozen more-famous- than-the-next cathedrals (the Dom), abbeys (Nonnberg Abbey), churches (Franziskaner Kirche), and monasteries (the Augustinian Monastery) and then there’s the shopping. Getreidsgasse is the Diagon Alley of Europe; its hundreds of stores are packed along the street, each with a classy metal banner hanging outside the front.
The monastery and church date back to the eighth century, making the complex the oldest monastery in the German-speaking world.
The Royal Palace Residences not only boast the requisite giant crystal chandeliers but are also home to the room that hosted a six-year-old Mozart sawing away on his tiny violin.
This museum provides a startlingly cumulative portrait of what it was like to dwell among the 16,000 Salzburg residents of Mozart’s time and also houses the master’s own tiny violin and dozens upon dozens of original works.
If the Salzburg Dom represents anything, it’s the utter absurdity of war and religious feuds. In 1167, the whole shebang was burned down because pyro- maniac Frederich Barbarossa refused to acknowledge the “anti-Pope” Paschal.
Overlooking the rest of the city, the castle provides the requisite beautiful view along with a series of eccentric attractions, such as a torture chamber and a marionette museum.
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