Salzburg Description: Overview on What it is
This website is a very extensive one, providing information on Salzburg in Austria. This article is meant for people who have a very general interest in the city and want a description on what they could do there in case they spent a vacation in the city.
First of all, a few basic facts and figures: Salzburg is situated pretty much in the middle of Austria, close to the border to Germany. Geographically, the city lies on the northern edge of the Alps; to the city′s north is characterised by gentle hills and lakes which formed during the last Ice Age. Salzburg has a total population of 150,000 and is among Europe′s most touristy places. For a detailed description of key-figures, see our "facts and figures" section.
Detailed Descriptions of Salzburg Sights
In terms of things to do, note our directory of Salzburg sights. It is a list of attractions and refers to individual articles on specific ones for a more detailed description. In general, Salzburg is famous for three things: Its Medieval and Baroque city centre (for details, see the description of the city by UNESCO - it is a World Heritage Site); for Mozart, who was born here, and the associated music heritage, including the Salzburg Festival; and for the Hollywood movie "The Sound of Music", which is unknown to most Austrians. In our sightseeing section, you will find numerous articles with detailed descriptions of the main sights.
The surroundings of Salzburg offer plenty of opportunities for day-trips or outdoor vacations. During the summer season, the lakes of the Salzburg Lakes area and the Salzkammergut are popular for water sports, the mountains in the south are great for hiking and other Alpine sports.
Note the National Park Hohe Tauern and the panorama road of the Großglockner Hochalpenstraße. During the winter, skiing is big business in Salzburg′s south. Note also our detailed descriptions of towns such as Obertauern, Bad Gastein, Bad Hofgastein, Flachau, Zell am See, Kaprun, Leogang or Saalbach-Hinterglemm. To learn more about the province of Salzburg, note our articles on the Salzburgerland with detailed descriptions of all individual municipalities.
The UNESCO's description of Salzburg
Wikipedia on Salzburg - a more detailed description