The birth place of Mozart has always been my favorite city to visit. There is something about the place that attracts me to it like no other. I first visited Salzburg in 1996 when I was in Regensburg for a business trip and had a weekend free. So it was a rather last minute decision to take a train from Regensburg to Salzburg, and it was a slow train that stopped at almost every small town and village.  I think the train ride took almost 5-6 hours before I stepped off at Salzburg train station.

Besides Mozart’s hometown, Salzburg is also renowned for its baroque architecture and being part of the set locations in the original Sound of Music film starring Julie Andrews. As this was only a day trip, I limited myself to only sight seeing in the city itself. I had brought a roll of 35mm Ilford black and white film, and the color retention and contrast is still excellent despite the negatives being being kept for more than 10 years. Below are some of the photos taken that day in 1996.

Salzburg is divided into 2 by the Salzach River.
Salzburg is divided into 2 by the Salzach River.
The imposing Hohensalzburg castle overlooks the city.
The imposing Hohensalzburg castle overlooks the city. It is one of the largest castles in Europe and was built in 1077AD.

You can basically walk most of Salzburg’s old city. Public buses can bring you to almost anywhere in the city.

To enter Hohensalzburg castle, you need to climb up the hill. It's quite an enjoyable climb as you get to see beautiful views of the baroque buildings and listen to classical music coming up from the buskers in the streets.
To enter Hohensalzburg castle, you need to climb up the hill. It’s quite an enjoyable climb as you get to see beautiful views of the baroque buildings and listen to classical music coming up from the buskers in the streets below.
The last bit before you enter the main gate is quite steep.
The last bit before you enter the main gate is quite steep. I wonder how the people did it in ancient times.
The main gate courtyard.
The main gate courtyard.
Stunning views of the city, surrounding countryside and the Alps.
Stunning views of the city, surrounding countryside and the Alps.
Legend has it that this was the executioner's house. Nobody wanted to live near him as it was considered bad luck.
The solitary house in the field. Legend has it that this was the executioner’s house. Nobody wanted to live near him as it was considered bad luck.

Besides Hohensalzburg, the city offers good street photography amidst narrow streets and medieval looking scenes.

A lonely figure in the street.
A lonely figure in the street.
Numerous fountains can be found everywhere.
Numerous fountains can be found everywhere.
One of the streets in Salzburg.
One of the streets in Salzburg. Hohensalzburg can be seen in the background.
Mirabell Palace which is famous for its gardens.
Mirabell Palace which is famous for its gardens.
The house that Mozart was born in. You have to pay to enter. I didn't bother to go in.
The house that Mozart was born in. You have to pay to enter. I didn’t bother to go in.
One of the many bridges that connect the 2 sides of the city.
One of the many bridges that connect the 2 sides of the city.
Giant pretzels. They were coated in salt. Salt was one of the main exports of this city in the past. There are many salt mines in the nearby mountains.
Giant pretzels which were coated in salt. Salt was one of the main exports of this city in the past. There are many salt mines in the nearby mountains.
Horse carriage sight seeing for the richer tourists.
Horse carriage sight seeing for the richer tourists.
A tired old horse carriage driver.
A tired old horse carriage driver.

This trip was a quick introduction to Salzburg for me. I visited it again in 2000. and would love to see it again in the future.

 

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