Salzburg Photo Gallery

I'm not a Sound of Music fan. In fact, I've never seen the film before. My decision to visit Salzburg was very practical. Munich was among the cheapest places in Europe where I could fly from Asia, and Salzburg was a logical choice, being only 90 minutes away from the airport. With this view, I truly had no regrets.

Salzburg seemed like a very touristy town, although not as bad as Prague. At least I could be a little patient to let the other tour groups thin out to capture this shot.

Emerging from my overnight flight, I had no energy to take close-ups of flowers. However, the wide scene was pretty enough already.

These types of intricately-manicured urban spaces seem to be quite rare in today's new developments.

You don't need big lions or tigers to create a sense of monumentalism. Two statues with simple human gestures can achieve the same effect.

Salzburg's river scene isn't particularly stunning, but its peacefulness is a perfect match to the rolling hills and quiet surroundings.

Delighted by the emerging sun, I rushed to find the elevator that would take me to the first vantage point of the day.

Quite an accurate depiction of the river scene.

The hillside location offered a very nice view of the old town with the bending river through it.

It was my first encounter with a horse carriage that day. I had to scramble a bit to capture the scene.

The equine fountain is quite an interesting concept, and this facility is quite large. I have never seen anything like it in my prior European travels.

A rather crude water flow facility.

Several church spires rise in the old town, set against the massive castle in the hill behind.

Salzburg's buildings are not full of decorations, but they have a suitable amount of art works here and there.

The 3 giants

Franziskanerkirche looks plain on the outside, but the colour patterns are very impressive inside. I especially liked the use of black and white, which brightened the interior well.

I was a bit disappointed by the grey skies, although it did offer a decent contrast against the dome and the facade.

The Dom's interior is relatively darker but more grand.

Back before the photography era, panoramas such as this one offered a close glimpse of what the world beyond looks like. This panorama of Salzburg and its surroundings from 1829 is suitably displayed in a circular theatre, where visitors can explore in all four directions.

Salzburg Museum has a lot of paintings depicting the old Salzburg. I didn't have time to reach this spot for the exact photo.

Festung Hohensalzburg is no longer a working castle, but a series of unique museums sprawled across the hillside. In this photo, the huge stove kept the room warm during the cold winter months.

Intricate designs filled the walls and doorways in the state rooms. This was not a place for the everyday commoner.

The turnip is Leonhard von Keutscharch's coat of arms. He was the archbishop that strengthened the fortress in the 15th century. Quite an amusing design indeed ...

Various treasures are on display as part of the many exhibits that now occupy the fortress' grounds.

Finally, an awesome view of the city awaited. Luckily, it's an easy funicular ride to get to here, although I would've hiked as well if that was the only option.

The executioner was meant to have lived alone just off the fortress' grounds.

The full galleries are available via the following links :

Salzburg Gallery 1

Salzburg Gallery 2