Magnificent mountains, sky-grazing spires and oodles of Austrian appeal mean you'll feel just like a von Trapp on holidays to Salzburg.

Melodic moments

As the home of Mozart and the harmonising von Trapps, the old, German-bordering town of Salzburg overflows with classical Austrian culture. Music floats from the Baroque concert halls every day of the year, and the old fortress over the river makes for a dreamy snapshot moment.

If it ain't Baroque, don't fix it

You'll find plenty of ornate historical buildings in Salzburg. Prepare for a soaking at Hellbrunn Palace's playful trick fountain shows, or stop off for a brew where Stiegl beer gets made. There's also the childhood home of Mozart himself. A mix of architectural styles gives this city its striking skyline – but Baroque always takes the lead.

The sound of schnitzel

Snack on the big three while you're here – that's schnitzel, strudel and sauerkraut. Salzburg's crammed with quirky restaurants serving up everything from fine-dining classics to cheap eats. Your food may not be served by a milkmaid, but you'll feel like Julie Andrews nevertheless.

Greenery galore

An illuminated mountainscape hovers just beyond the town, and it's set off by romantic melodies trickling out of open windows. The palace grounds are open until dusk year-round – just the place to go to check out The Sound of Music's filming locations.

Out and about

Here are some ideas of things to do when staying in Salzburg:

• Boat rides
• Gardens
• UNESCO site
• Castle
• Museum

At a Glance

  • Explore the vast gardens with playful fountains shows and water mazes of Hellbrunn Palace
  • Visit the birthplace, home and museums dedicated to Austria's most famous musician, Mozart
  • See how local beer is made at the home of Stiegl beer, the Stiegl Brauwelt