Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg

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Altstadt Salzburg © Thomas Pintaric/cc-by-sa-3.0

Altstadt Salzburg © Thomas Pintaric/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Historic Center of the City of Salzburg, also known as the Altstadt, is a district of Salzburg, Austria, recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996. It corresponds with the historic city center, situated on the left and right banks of the Salzach river.

The listing of the World Heritage Site describes it thus: “Salzburg has managed to preserve an extraordinarily rich urban fabric, developed over the period from the Middle Ages to the 19th century when it was a city-state ruled by a prince-archbishop. Its Flamboyant Gothic art attracted many craftsmen and artists before the city became even better known through the work of the Italian architects Vincenzo Scamozzi and Santini Solari, to whom the centre of Salzburg owes much of its Baroque appearance. This meeting-point of northern and southern Europe perhaps sparked the genius of Salzburg’s most famous son, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, whose name has been associated with the city ever since.”

The listed area comprises a core zone of 236 hectares (580 acres), including the old city on both banks of the Salzach river together with the Mönchsberg, Festungsberg and Kapuzinerberg hills that surround the old city to west and east. Beyond the core zone there is a buffer zone of 467 hectares (1,150 acres) which is intended to protect the core zone being affected by development visible in long distance views.

Mirabell Palace © Przemek Pietrak/cc-by-sa-3.0 Mozart Square © Andrew Bossi/cc-by-sa-2.5 Museum der Moderne on Mönchsberg © Kanakari/cc-by-sa-3.0 Nonnberg Abbey © Andrew Bossi/cc-by-sa-2.5 St Peter's Abbey Church © Andrew Bossi/cc-by-sa-2.5 St Peter's Abbey © Mattana/cc-by-2.0 Altstadt Salzburg © Thomas Pintaric/cc-by-sa-3.0 Salzburg Cathedral © Uoaei1/cc-by-sa-4.0 Salzburg Marionette Theatre, former Hotel Mirabell © Popmuseum/cc-by-sa-3.0 Salzburg Museum © Peterburg23/cc-by-3.0 Salzburg Residenz on Residenz Square © Andrew Bossi/cc-by-sa-2.5 Siegmundstor (Neutor), one of the oldest street tunnels in Europe © Andreas Praefcke/cc-by-3.0 Birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart on Getreidegasse © Andreas Stiasny/cc-by-sa-3.0-at Salzburger State Theatre © SBG-LTH22/cc-by-sa-4.0 Felsenreitschule, today a theatre and a venue of Salzburg Festival © Andreas Praefcke/cc-by-3.0 Getreidegasse (Grain Lane) © Leonhard Lenz Großes Festspielhaus, venue of Salzburg Festival, seen from Hofstallgasse © Optimale/cc-by-sa-3.0 Holy Trinity Church © Bede735/cc-by-sa-4.0 Hotel Goldener Hirsch on Getreidegasse © Snotty/cc-by-3.0 Kollegienkirche © Eweht/cc-by-sa-3.0-at
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Großes Festspielhaus, venue of Salzburg Festival, seen from Hofstallgasse © Optimale/cc-by-sa-3.0
Sites and monuments in the core zone of the historic centre include:

Read more on salzburg.info – UNESCO World Heritage and Wikipedia Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State - Weather report by weather.com - Global Passport Power Rank - Travel Risk Map - Democracy Index - GDP according to IMF, UN, and World Bank - Global Competitiveness Report - Corruption Perceptions Index - Press Freedom Index - World Justice Project - Rule of Law Index - UN Human Development Index - Global Peace Index - Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index). Photos by Wikimedia Commons. If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.




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