SALZBURG — Northern Bank

The northern bank of the Salzach River contains a few attractions but it is where you will find the main hub for buses around the city and to other regions. The main train station is found here and there are also a lot of hotels in this area.

The sights found here are:
Mozart Wohnhaus
Schloss Mirabell
Friedhof St Sebastian
Kapuzinerberg

Mozart Wohnhaus

Mozart Wohnhaus
This museum was the residence of Mozart and he lived here from 1773 to 1780. It is full of musical instruments, sheet music and memorabilia. On the first floor you will find an exhibition focussing on the history of the house and Mozart’s family life and travels with an infra red guiding system in six languages accompanied by extracts from Mozart’s works. There is also a multivision production titled ‘Mozart and Salzburg’.
For information about ticketing and hours visit the website at http://www.mozarteum.at/

Traveller's Tip

This is one of two museums in Salzburg devoted to the life and works of Mozart and if you do not have time to see both then this is definitely the better one to visit. The other museum which is Mozart’s birthplace is found in the old town.
Schloss Mirabell

Schloss Mirabell
This beautiful Baroque palace was originally built by Prince Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau in 1606 as a present for his mistress, Salome Alt and was then called Schloss Altenau. It was renamed ‘Schloss Mirabell’ by his successor Prince Archbishop Markus Sittikus. Over the years the palace has been rebuilt several times. Since 1866 it has been owned by the city of Salzburg and it now houses the city’s administration including the mayor’s office. Some of the impressive features found inside include a wonderful marble staircase with its Baroque sculptures and the Hall of Marble that is now used for weddings and if it is open have a look inside as it is considered to be one of the most beautiful wedding halls in the world. It is free to visit on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8 am - 4 pm and Tuesday and Friday from 1 - 4 pm unless there is a special event and then you cannot visit.
You must spend some time in the gardens which are magnificent and a great place to spend some leisure time on a hot day. They are full of statues, fountains and beautiful garden beds and an Orangerie.

Traveller's Tip

If you are a ‘Sound of Music’ fan you may remember the scene where the children and Maria sing Do-Re-Mi, dancing around the horse fountain and using the steps as a musical scale. These scenes were filmed in the gardens here.
Friedhof St Sebastian

Friedhof St Sebastian
The original church of St Sebastian was built from 1505 to 1512 but over the years has been reconstructed. It is worth looking in the church for the magnificent Rococo portal by Josef Anton Pfaffinger and the elaborate gate designed by Philipp Hinterseer in 1752. The high altar is also beautiful with its Madonna with Child dating back to 1611. The cemetery found behind the church is what people come to visit here because of its famous occupants. You will find the Mozart family grave third on the left as you walk towards the mausoleum of Prince-Archbishop Wolf Dietrich. Possibly the most famous occupant of this cemetery is the physician Theophratus Bombastus von Hohenheim, also called ‘Paracelsus’ who is considered the founder of modern medicine. His grave is found on the steps leading up to the church.

Kapuzinerberg

Kapuzinerberg
Walking along Linzer Gasse you will find signs pointing to a path leading to the Kapuzinerkloster which is a monastery dating back to 1594. From here you walk up the hill to lookouts with some fantastic views over Salzburg and the river.

Traveller's Tip

For a drink and a snack with a wonderful view visit the Franziskischlöss which is a small castle found at the summit of Kapuzinerberg. It is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 7pm. As you walk look out for the herd of chamois goats that roam wild here.