All Things Mozart and More in Salzburg

One of Europe's most beautiful and interesting cities, Salzburg is an incredibly popular destination among all types of tourists. There's everything from young people studying abroad, to groups of Japanese families and hordes of American backpackers taking some R&R from their trek across Europe. Indeed, there are so many things to see and enjoy in the city that ticking them off with one's fingers may be an exercise in futility. Still, if there are places that you must visit, check out the following first.

Visiting Mozart

Saying that Mozart is 'huge' in Salzburg is an understatement. In fact, Salzburg gleefully gives in to the desires of tourists by maximising Mozart's legacy as much as possible. Take, for example, the two existing and much-visited Mozart memorial museums: one where the music genius was born (the house on Getreidegasse 9), the other where he lived most of his adult life (the Tanzmeisterhaus, located on the Makartplatz beside the famous Trinity Church). Young people studying abroad in the city must make it a point to explore the composer's birthplace, which now is home to many interesting artefacts, such as the family's memorabilia. These knick-knacks give today's visitors a glimpse into how the family lived via letters and documents, portraits and paintings, even some musical instruments Mozart actually used.

The Festung Hohensalzburg

The mighty fortress on top of the cliff-visible from most locations in the city-is the Festung Hohensalzburg, which has been standing proudly for nine hundred years. Among the largest and best-preserved fortresses in Europe, Hohensalzburg's vantage allows visitors to enjoy breath-taking views-from the city's spires-dominated skyline to as far away as the mountains beyond the Salzach River. Those studying abroad could easily spend half a day here enjoying the sights, exploring its centuries-old ramparts or learning about its history (make sure to check out the Golden hall). The Fortress is also home to a couple of very interesting museums.

The Salzburg Museum

Students will lose count of the many times their jaws drop upon entering the Salzburg Museum. The museum provides a mesmerising tour of the city's chequered history, which will be more any young person studying abroad could ask for. Housed in the striking Neue Residenz Palace, whose Baroque architecture provides a magnificent presence in its immediate surroundings, the museum's magic begins right in its courtyard, where art exhibitions rotate in the Kunsthalle. The museum's first level features treasures and artefacts from the Medieval era, mostly of religious significance. On the second level, walls upon walls of paintings and portraits-from sweeping landscapes to past monarchs to religious leaders-greet the visitor. The building that houses the museum is also home to the city's most famous 35-bell glockenspiel, which chimes on schedule three times a day.