Salzburg is divided by the Salzach River, with medieval and baroque buildings of the pedestrian Altstadt (Old City) on its left bank, facing the 19th-century Neustadt (New City) on its right. The Altstadt birthplace of composer Mozart is preserved as a museum displaying his childhood instruments.
We will drive through the Alpine beauty of the Salzkammergut region to Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart, and its UNESCO World Heritage old city. Appreciation for Mozart’s music blossomed and the city developed into a destination to pay homage to classical music. Today, Salzburg is a leading site of music festivals. We will walk through Old Town and see some of the finest art and architecture in the city. After a memorable lunch at one of the oldest restaurants in Europe (see picture at right), we’ll experience the city’s Christmas markets, including the traditional huts and delectable aromas of Cathedral Square’s Christmas festivities, and one of the loveliest Advent markets in Austria, at Hellbrunn Palace. Bathed in the festive glow, you’ll get a sense of the homeyness of Austrian hospitality, in contrast to the rarified sophistication of Old City Salzburg.
St. Peter’s Stiftskeller (restaurant webiste): First mentioned in a document by scholar and Charlemagne follower Alcuin in 803, St. Peter’s Stiftskeller is believed to be the oldest documented restaurant in Europe. (NOTE: Neil & Theresa have eaten here and the food is amazing!)