It might be home to one of the world’s most famous movies, but there is so much more to Salzburg than climbing mountains, yodeling about a lonely goat herd and indulging in large helpings of schnitzel and strudel. Here are just a few of my favourite things...

1. Delving into the life of Mozart couldn't be easier. Simply head into central Salzburg, indulge in a little retail therapy and watch out for the throngs of visitors congregating outside a yellow town house. The birthplace of Mozart is now a museum, crammed with an array of interesting artefacts and feature rooms actually used by the Mozart family.

2. Music is an intrinsic part of Austrian culture and never more so than in Salzburg. Choose from an array of music festivals including the famous Salzburg Festival, which spans two months of the summer and features some of the best of European music and drama. Alternatively the winter months host Mozart week and Salzburg Cultural Days.

3. Away from the touristy Salzburg, Schrannenmarkt market is a place to really get a feel for the local vibe. Vendors sell a host of agricultural products and local delicacies. Be prepared to over indulge.

4. The stunning mountain scenery of Salzburg is just waiting for you to explore. The vistas from the peaks are truly breathtaking, but an equally impressive experience lies within the Monchsberg Mountain at the restaurant “Brunnauer im Magazine. Yet the restaurant does not rely on location only, serving Michelin quality dishes, inspired by the local surroundings. Spend summer in the courtyard, cosy up fireside in the winter.

5. If the temperature in the city gets a little hot, head out to Wolfgangsee. It is about an hour's drive from Salzburg and is home to a beautiful lake. Hire a boat and cool down for a while.

Salzburg Break

6. Head up to the 900-year-old cliff top fortress, one of the biggest and best to be found in Europe. Accessed by a short but steep climb, about 15 minutes from the centre of Salzburg. Alternatively, you can enjoy the views from the glass funicular.

7. A little of what you fancy does you good, but take care, the cakes at the legendary Sacher Torte can be very moorish. Enjoy a sweet treat in this magical setting by the river.

8. Visiting all the sights in Salzburg is thirsty work, so why not take a trip to the Augustiner Braustubl beer garden, just situated a short taxi drive from the city centre. Enjoy an authentic experience with beer filled from traditional wooden barrels.

9. Of course no trip to Salzburg would be complete without retracing the steps of the Von Trapp family. Recreate those iconic scenes at the Mirabell Palace, Hellbrun Palace and Nonnberg Convent.

10. I cheated here, this is a tip, not an attraction! In summer, Salzburg's sights and sounds are layered with tourists so consider a winter trip instead. Equally beautiful with snow covered mountains and the added advantage of the world famous Christmas markets.

Blog article by Elisabeth S, Fashion and Travel Writer, London. Image source: I Stock

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