When you see the hills, the green pastures and the woods around the city you could almost forget you are in an important cultural centre – but not quite.
Salzburg: metropolis with a green background
Nestling in the setting of the city hills, Salzburg blends beautifully into the landscape. Few other places enjoy such a natural backdrop in the city centre, and so many outdoor recreational areas alongside the cultural activities. Combining both is a great idea – the Baroque gardens of the Mirabell and Hellbrunn Palaces are real oases. A stroll through the world’s oldest tree avenue, 17th-century Hellbrunn Avenue, combines romantic nature and culture. Prefer something more active? Climb the Untersberg on the city outskirts, also accessible by cable car. Or talk a walk on the Mönchsberg Stadtalm and revel in the wonderful view of the UNESCO World Heritage Old Town. Cyclists are also well catered for, with an excellent network of cycle paths. Salzburg has several times been recognised as Austria’s most bicycle-friendly city. On very hot days, though, you will be drawn to the river – the locals have long found the banks of the Salzach to be the perfect place for a picnic. Why not take a leaf out of their book? Sit yourself down in the grass, kick off your shoes and feel the grass beneath your feet. Formal attire is not required again until your evening concert.