Salzburg is an old city, and the more time you spend in the city the clearer it becomes that this history is still a part of daily life. It is home to the Stiegl Brauerei, which has been continuously brewing Austria’s favourite beer since 1492, and to the Stieglkeller, built into the city’s stone foundations at the base of the fortress and serving beer since 1426. It’s not uncommon to walk past a building and note, without fanfare, that it was built in the 13th Century, and the Festung that sits on a large rock hovering defensively over the city, had its fortress beginnings in 1077. The streets wind and curve between the buildings in dark pedestrian-only lanes paved with cobblestones. While tourists stick to the beautifully intact Baroque streets where Mozart grew up and the monumental buildings of the Dom and Residenz, it is easy to veer away into the winding back streets and find locals enjoying a small wine festival, having a quick Kleiner Brauner at a funky coffee roastery, or heading off to classes at the University. All, of course, housed in buildings built many centuries before my home city was even a vague dream.
One of the figures flanking Madonna on the large statue in front of Salzburger Dom, the cathedral visable behind; Just off Residenzplatz a busker plays the accordion in an archway in front of an old iron door as a woman rides past on a bike.
A woman wheels her bike down a darkened cobblestone street past a row of parked bikes.
A woman rides her bike past and old pink building, a long ornate lamp shadow is cast by the early morning sun; One of the marble horses that forms the Residenzbrunnen in the center of Residenzplatz, a baroque fountain built in the 1650s, spouts a thin stream of water.
Bikes line a cobblestone alley, which ends with a weeping tree and an ornate public drinking fountain.
Young locals cross the road on bicycles in front of old buildings lining the River Salzach, the Festung Hohensalzburg looming 542 meters above looking down on the city; A decorative red and white arched door on the Stieglkeller, a beer hall that dates from 1426 and with its thick stone walls is actually built into the town’s defences, which means it is on a narrow cobblestone alley right at the base of the Festung.
Two grey buildings, one a Gasthaus, with small square windows and a lamp between them.
Silhouetted leaves and a lamp post on the climb up the hill to the Festung, looking down over the roofs and copper church spires; A tourist walks beneath the large stone archway of the old Festung Hohensalzburg gatehouse, the entrance to the walled Fortress which can trace it’s beginnings to 1077 followed by expansion of the complex in the late 1400s.
Looking over the stone wall of the Festung to the domed roof and spires of Salzburger Dom.
Grass grows on top of the Festung wall, with autumn leaves and city roofs behind; A wooden bench seat on cobblestones within the Festung walls, an old stone wall behind it and a flower box filled with red geraniums above.
In front of the pale stone chapel, in the courtyard of Festung Hohensalzburg, two women talk beneath a large tree.
Old pale stone walls, steps and cobblestone of the buildings inside the walls of Festung Hohensalzburg.
An arched doorway and old pale stone steps, with an orniate iron lamp and relief carving, the entrance to one of the Festung buildings; From the Festung a birds-eye view of the city, with its colourful roofs, buildings slotted together and narrow streets.
People eat lunch in the sunshine at a restaurant perched right at the edge of the high fortress’ wall, with green gardens below and a fortress lookout in the distance; People drinking beer and relaxing at a beer garden in the Festung courtyard.
The thick stone wall of the Festung, with an iron lamp and a tall turret in the background.
Old buildings which form the corner of a small public square, with ornate windows and a wooden door, pink flower boxes and bicycles parked outside; Two older women lunch together outside, at a restaurant in the street outside Mozart’s Geburtshaus, his birth house.
Tourists fill the narrow, curving and beautifully ornate pedestrian street called Getreidegasse, a center of tourist activity it has the high cliffs of the Festungberg at one end and is the location of Mozart’s Geburtshaus.
An older man in a dark suit and hat walking through narrow cobblestone lanes with the usual lane residents, bicycles and pigeons; In a winding street in front of the Festungberg cliffs, people stand in the street to eat from a Heisse Würstel, or ‘hot sausage’, street cart.
People stroll in the gardens of Schloss Mirabell, with its freshly planted yellow pansies and green grass; A bronze statue of Pegasus in the pond outside Schloss Mirabell.
Locals sit on park benches against an avenue of trees in the Mirabell Gardens, talking and reading.
Scooters parked on the side of the road with the old Festung, high above the city, behind.
A horse and carriage takes tourists for a ride through Residenzplatz and Domplatz, down the side of Salzberger Dom which dwarfs them; An old wooden covered carriage waits in Residenzplatz to give rides.
Behind the Dom and the Residenz amongst ornate old buildings, is a popular cafe and coffee roastery with funky modern orange chairs.
A narrow cobblestone lane with a decorative iron sign advertising a brothel within, seemingly operating since 1501, complete with red lantern out the front when night falls; A young local woman in an ‘I heart NY’ t-shirts walks down the ornate and narrow pedestrian street Getreidegasse with decorative iron shop signs hanging above.
A woman walks through a small square in fron of a five-storey building which, according to the date painted near the roof, was built in 1294; A line of bikes parked side by side on the cobblestones leading up hill to an old stone archway.