I have during this week presented some of the spectacular Austrian Alps.
However, a trip to Austria without visiting some of the major cities in the country, would not be normal for an urban person. Our weekend trip to Vienna in April 2005 have previous been blog-posted, and during our holiday in 2003 we stayed one night in Kitzbuhel.
In 1999 we had our hotel at Zell am See, but with only 10.000 inhabitants the real urban lifestyle was difficult to find. It is almost like Bad Hofgastein where we stayed a week in 1989 for skiing.
Austria´s fourth largest city is Salzburg and well known as the birthplace of Mozart. The shopping street Getreidegasse, is extraordinary in the way that Salzburg has very strict rules regarding marketing signs. Even McDonald´s has to follow the rules with a small m in a wrought-iron guild sign hanging autside the establishment.
Shops in this street is a combination of fashion and specialized merchandise. We visited the street in June but both Christmas and Easter goods were on sale.
At the intro.photo you may see the Festung Hohensalzburg (used as scenery in the movie Sound of Music) the bank of the Salzach river and thedome of Salzburger Cathedral
I had to take photos inside the Cathedral and as in St. Peter´s Basilica (see the similarity) the altar paintings are beautiful.