The Austrian property market is one of the strongest in Europe, with house prices in Salzburg rising consistently since 2009. Salzburg isn’t just a great place for real estate investments, though: it’s also a wonderful place to live, or even just to visit for a weekend break. The city’s reputation as the birthplace of Mozart and setting for The Sound of Music, among other artistic accomplishments, has confirmed its place as a cultural epicentre, with enough sights to see to occupy even the most energetic traveller. If you’re coming to town for the weekend, take a look at our E&V guide to planning your itinerary.
Celebrate your arrival in Salzburg with dinner at the legendary Stiftskeller St Peter, where Charlemagne ate in 803. The cobbled streets outside and cosy, evocative rooms make it easy to envisage all the historic figures that have dined in this opulent space. Its cuisine has lost none of its polish over time, either, with culinary delights including goose-liver parfait with calvados sorbet, dumplings and of course, Wiener schnitzel.
After your meal, unwind with an evening of music at The International Mozarteum Foundation. Salzburg’s most famous son is still the pride of the city, and the foundation dedicated to his memory runs a vast and varied program of classical music events. The prestige of the venue draws some of the world’s best-loved opera and orchestral groups: both the Vienna Philharmonic and the Salzburg Bach Choir have recently performed in the hall.
No visit to Austria would be complete without a tour of the Alps, and Salzburg sits surrounded by some truly spectacular mountain peaks. Start your day with a visit to the Hohensalzburg Fortress, a beautifully preserved mediaeval castle sitting 332 feet up the Festungsberg Mountain. A 19th century cliff-side railway takes you on a meandering route up to the peak, with beautiful views of the city throughout the journey.
After you’ve explored the castle to your heart’s content, spend the afternoon getting lost in the picturesque Altstadt district, Salzburg’s old town. Internationally celebrated for its baroque architecture, this UNESCO World Heritage site contains historic landmarks like the Nonnberg Abbey and is one of the most desirable locations in the city. In December, this is also the site of the Advent Festival and a truly spectacular Christmas Market. With carol singing, ice-skating and stalls selling festive treats like roasted chestnuts and mulled wine, there’s truly no better place to spend the festive season. Stay until after sunset to enjoy the lights and decorations in all their enchanting glory.
Finally, remind yourself of some of Salzburg’s more recent artistic accomplishments with a tour of the Museum der Moderne. Split into two separate buildings, visit the old town Rupertinum for a winning juxtaposition of classic architecture and 21st century photography. Follow up with a trip to the Mönchsberg establishment, where you’ll find modern exhibitions spectacular enough to rival the panoramic views from the glass walls.
If you decide that a weekend visit isn’t enough and want to look into making a permanent property investment, visit our local Engel & Völkers shop. With an office situated in the centre of the city and a wide portfolio of luxury properties, our expert agents are perfectly placed to offer advice and assistance throughout every step of the process.