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Salzburg owes its fame throughout the world to the incomparable charm of its urban appearance, the scenic beauty of its surroundings, and the coincidence that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born here in 1756. Festung Hohensalzburg, Salzburg's landmark, is Central Europe’s largest intact fortress and offers fantastic views of the city. Take time out to visit Mozart's Geburtshaus, the place where the genial composer was born on January 27, 1756. Another highlight is Mirabell Palace & Gardens with its splendid gardens built by the Baroque master builder Lukas von Hildebrandt. South of Salzburg’s old town is the popular Hellbrunn Castle with the world-famous 'Wasserspiele' containing many ingenious trick fountains and water-powered figures.
The Trapp family and The Sound of Music are inseparably linked with Salzburg. Follow Maria's footsteps and explore the many locations in the city of Salzburg and the surrounding countryside. The acclaimed Salzburger Festspiele, founded in 1920, is the high point in Salzburg’s culture calendar and includes concerts, opera, and theatre performances. Wealth and prosperity can be traced back to the centuries-long international trade in salt, the "white gold". The income from the salt trade enabled the prince-archbishops to build a city that was also called "Rome of the North" because of its Italian character, its numerous sacred buildings, and its special atmosphere.
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