Friday, 5 August 2016

Austria: Salzburg

When I was in Austria last week, I made a day trip to Salzburg.

Salzburg is the capital of the Austrian State of Salzburg and Austria's fourth largest city. In 1756 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg. Since 1996 is the Historic Centre of Salzburg on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Like last year I visited the Salzburg Museum. There I bought a postcard of Carl Spitzweg's Der Sonntagsspaziergang.

The museum currently shows an exhibition about the 200th anniversary of Salzburg as part of Austria, but unfortunately they do not have postcards about it. I only got a postcard-shaped flyer. But anyway, in the philatelic shop I got a matching stamp (issued 04-04-2016), put it on the flyer and got it cancelled with a special postmark.

In the philatelic shop I also bought a FDC of the Austrian Postcrossing stamp (issued 21-05-2016) and a stamp about the 100th death anniversary of Emperor Franz Joseph I (issued 27-08-2016).

In 1773 the Mozart family moved to the house at Makartplatz 8. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart lived there until he moved to Vienna in 1781 and his father Leopold Mozart died there in 1787. Parts of the house were destroyed during World War II, but they were rebuilt in the 1990s. Since 1996 it houses a museum.

Mirabell Palace was built in the early 17th century at the behest of Prince-Archbishop Wolf Dietrich Raitenau and the Mirabell Gardens were laid out from 1687 onwards. In 1818 the palace got its current Neoclassical appearance. The gardens belong today to the most important sights of Salzburg.

The Salzburg Cathedral is the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Salzburg. It was built between 1614 and 1628 in the Baroque style. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was baptised in the cathedral.

The Cathedral Museum of Salzburg was founded in 1974. It shows the cathedral's treasures and the cabinet of art and curiosities.

The last card I bought in Salzburg shows various dishes from the Austrian cuisine.

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