My “10 things you might not know about” series continues today with the charming city of Salzburg, Austria! This picturesque town is located about an hour and a half from Munich, Germany, and is definitely worth a visit! But until you’re able to get there yourself, whether for the first time or returning, here are some interesting facts that you might not know about Salzburg!
- The Sound of Music was filmed here! And you can stay at Hotel Schloss Leopolskron (an INCREDIBLE place), which you might recognize as the Von Trapp house!
- The famous Red Bull drink was created in Salzburg.
- Salzburg literally means “salt castle,” due to all of the salt mining done around the city.
- Prior to 1816, Salzburg was its own country, separate from the rest of Austria.
- A Christmas tradition includes the “Krampus Run,” in the Christmas markets where the demonic-looking companion of St. Nicholas tags along on St. Nicholas Day to punish those who have been bad. It’s quite the tradition to experience in person!
- Europe’s OLDEST restaurant, St. Peter Stiftskeller (opened in 803) here and is built into the side of the mountain.
- During WWII, the city was bombed heavily, with almost half of the city’s buildings destroyed. There are still hundreds of unexploded bombs from the airstrikes that remain in the city today, that are periodically discovered.
- Salzburg is the birthplace of the famous composer Mozart – you can tour his childhood home!
- Fortress Hohensalzburg (which sits above the city – a landmark you can’t miss) is the largest and fully-preserved fortress in central Europe. Initial construction on it began in 1077.
- Old Town in Salzburg is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site because of its unique baroque structure.
Interested in learning more? Read all about my 24 hour visit to one of my most memorable stops in Europe!