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Planning a short break to Salzburg? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Salzburg. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Salzburg. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Salzburger Festspiele

This extremely popular festival of classical music, theatre and opera showcases Austria�s rich cultural inheritance and has been enjoyed every summer since 1920 in the Altstadt (Old Town) at a variety of venues.The productions are world class in quality and most of the top conductors, musicians and performers reserve this time to be here.

For those of you, who are classical lovers and enjoy the finer things in life, then combine your holiday with a couple of performances from this festival. It is well worth the effort.

For all the times and venues, you can go to their website at www.salzburgerfestspiele

Mozart�s Geburtshaus

One of the popular attractions in Salzburg is this, the house where the town�s most famous citizen was born. You will find the house on Getreidegasse in the Old Town, it has been lovingly preserved as a museum containing some of the great composers instruments such as his piano, harpsichord and violin. A visit here will enlighten one as to Mozart�s life and his massive influence on classical composition.

For more information you can visit the Yahoo travel site and trawl it in or www.festunghohensalzburg.at

Mirabellgarten

These delightful gardens can be found in the Andraviertel neighborhood, the train stops at Mirabellplatz. The impressive Schloss Mirabell was built on the commission of Archbishop Wolf Dietrich in 1606 and the gardens surround the palace, they are open to all and free. The park can be enjoyed all year round and is a wonderful break from the bustle of town, with the many fountains, statues, balustrades and the show of flowers in season is stunning.

Salzburger Konzertgesellschaft

You definatly will not be the only tourist at this must do in Salzburg. As the name suggests this soiree celebrates the famous composers works in a unique way. The musicians wear costumes that Mozart would be familiar with and you will enjoy a three-course meal at the same time. The venue is St Peters Abbey near the Herbert-v-Karajan Platz train station and it is totally in keeping with the vibe Mozart would have been familiar with, so come and be transported back to a time when life was simpler.

Dinners are held most nights, but check out the site at www.salzburg-concerts.com

Mirabell Grodig

You will find this specialty shop in the Salzburg Umgebung area. Famous for the sweet delicacy of Mozartkugel (Mozart Ball), which is a chocolate ball filled with nougat, creme and marzipan, invented in Salzburg by Paul Furste in 1890. These chocolates are manufactured here in a very special way, going through 14 different machine processes before the finished product is consumed. You can purchase the seconds at the factory shop here for a fraction of the retail price.

For further info go to www.mozartkugel.com

Festung Hohensalzburg

This 11th century fortress is located a quarter hours walk up a hill from the Old Town (There is a funicular that runs from St Peters Cemetery) which is rewarded by the most fantastic views all around the city and as far as the Alps. The castle dominates the town and is one of Europe�s largest. The many enemies through its most interesting history of which it�s worth hiring a guide to explain have never conquered the castle. On site you will discover a Benedictine Convent, which was where the real Maria portrayed in the famous film �The Sound of Music�, taught and married the Captain Von Trapp. You will be excused for bursting out in song at this point!

Haus Der Natur

This fascinating Natural History Museum is located in the heart of the Old Town is the perfect place to escape the elements for a few hours. There are 80 rooms stuffed with ancient minerals, flora, fauna and even an Aquarium with a stunning display of tropical fish. The reptile house is home to over 200 species in their terrariums. This museum is well thought out as to the exhibits, display and explanations and one of the few places in town that hardly mentions Mozart. So if you tire of hearing the name here is your refuge.

Bad Durrnberg Salt Mine

Its well worth the short trip (Half Hour south of Salzburg by bus or train) to the town of Hallein to discover the reason Salzburg got its name. Salt has been mined in the area for about 4,500 years and is the mineral that bought prosperity to the area. Today tourism has replaced salt mining as a money-spinner. The visitor to the mine is given a pair of overalls and taken by a small train underground, and there is a raft to transport one across the salt lake. The experience is very commercial, but the well-informed guides will educate you.

Sound of Music Tour

While you are in the area why not be guided around the area that the film is based on (I know it sounds cheesy, but there are many fans of the 1965 blockbuster), so if you have seen the film over 50 times then it�s about time you saw where it was made. You will be transported to the spectacular sites by the original cars and buses used by the cast. Von Trapp followers and many others will enjoy this informative tour.

Find out more or even book for it at www.panoramatours.com

Stiftskeller St. Peter

This restaurant, which claims the title of The Oldest Restaurant in Europe, is located in the Old Town at Hanuschplatz. The restaurant is in the monastery of St Peter that dates back to 803.

The monks are long gone, but the atmosphere remains. Excellent Austrian cuisine is served and the monks did leave some of their favourite recipes behind including Monastery Stew and St Peters Fish, which the chef has taken and improved slightly. Try for a table in �Richardstube� an atmospheric vaulted cellar.

They have a web site to be found at, www.haslaur.at

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