Salzburg in summer - cooling down in the heatweave of July
Budapest was in the midst of a heatwave (reaching 36 Celsius) and we decided to leave it, we find Salzburg very comfortable (26 Celsius).
The city offered many opportunities even without a car. We had our hotel room next to the Kapuzinerberg (15 minutes walk from the main train station), and we were able to see the ‘berg’ from almost every street. It is not easy to see at the first glimpse which part of the town is the older, the Kapuzinerberg or the other bank of the Salzach river.
The Salzach river was running fast after the heavy summer rains in the surrounding hills. It was always a good part of our daily walk along the river bank. The landscape has its own dynamic rhythm, the narrow valley with the hillside and historic baroque buildings were seen along our walkway.
In the 10-15 minutes walk from we passed the very formal and colourful Mirabellegarten (elegant landscaping, pathways & floral displays on lush grounds fronting the Mirabell Palace https://www.salzburg.info/en/sights/top10/mirabell-palace-gardens), the modern garden and historic building the Mozarteum (https://www.uni-mozarteum.at/en/ ) and crossed the river on the Marko-Feingold Steg - a pedestrian bridge with thousands love padlocks - and we reached the baroque part. From this part of the city, the Fortress Hohensalzburg (the huge 11th-century fortress complex on a hilltop with views over the city to the Alps & museums) was always in the picture.
Sculpture garden next to the baroque university building
Dramatique view of the Alps on the way to Zell am See. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zell_am_See
The city has many offers for the visitors, we liked the river crossing the town, the Botanical garden at the University, the nearby lakes and the surrounding Alps.
The Unesco World Heritage Site title is proof of the unique architecture, the baroque parts of the city on both sides of the river, and the picturesque nature.
The backyard of the Mozarteum - a quiet place to listen to the music from the auditorium.