World Heritage #0784 – Salzburg

Last modified 28.03.2022 | Published 24.09.1990Austria, North and Central Europe, World Heritage Sites

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Stream some Mozart music into your ears during your walks in Salzburg and enjoy life. Walk up to the castle for a splendid view. 

The UNESCO World Heritage List includes several hundred properties with outstanding universal value. They are all part of the world’s cultural and natural heritage.


Official facts

  • Full name of site: Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg
  • Country: Austria
  • Date of Inscription: 1996
  • Category: Cultural site

UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre’s short description of site no. 784:

“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.”


My visit

I was in 1990 on an InterRail passing through Salzburg and the surrounding area Salzkammergut a couple of days. The city proved to be a pleasant experience, not only for its association with the great composer Mozart, but also for its architectonic qualities.

Read more about my visit. 

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