The hills are alive with the sound of tourists in Salzburg, known to the world for its musical legacies and legends. The hometown of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the setting for the beloved Julie Andrews musical about the singing von Trapp family, Salzburg is a lyrically lovely city on the Salzach River. Salzburg, a city of 145,000 near the German border, has many nicknames, among them "Festival City," so-called for the world-famous summer Salzburg International Festival (of music); and "The Golden City of High-Baroque," a title earned by the city's wealth of Baroque architecture.
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Landmarks for both Mozart and the movie musical are swarmed by tourists year-round. Pop a chocolatey "Mozart Kugeln" in your mouth before strolling the Mozartplatz, a city square named for Salzburg's favorite son, where street musicians often play his music. Then tour such sites as Mozart's Birthplace and his Residence, or visit exhibits like the multi-media Mozart Audio and Video Museum.
Salzburg has made its fortune from the likes of Mozart and the movie musical, yet it's intriguing to note that the Salzburg tourism locals were late-comers to their praise. Only after Mozart's death was he recognized as a hometown treasure (many of his peers saw the brash composer as a spoiled brat, and "The Sound of Music," despite having been filmed here in 1964, flopped with a decidedly unmelodious thud when it opened in Salzburg. Majuro
Perhaps the locals didn't need to see the sights on film when the real thing was just outside the theater doors.