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Shawn in Salzburg

History of Salzburg

Well here I am in Salzburg Austria. I am majoring in International Business, Global Finance and German.

Salzburg can be regarded as the oldest and most important cultural and spiritual centre in present-day Austria. Although it had already been elevated to the rank of archdiocese in 798AD, from the late Middle Ages onwards has formed a spiritual principality in the Holy Roman Empire.

Salzburg is one of Austria’s youngest Lander (province). The development of the region and its ultimate separation from Bavaria, its mother country, was agreed in the fourteenth century but it was not until 1816 that Salzburg was incorporated into Austria. Of Austria’s present-day Lander, Salzburg is the only one to have been ruled as an independent state by a prince-archbishop and it is the only one of the many spiritual principalities of the Holy Roman Empire still to exist as an independent province.

This photo is the 12th Century Castle Mirrable Schloss in the middle of Salzburg (Top of the Hill). It has a really neat Museum and self guided tour.

City View

Downtown

The club I work out at is down the street.

This is a picture from Christine's trip to Turkey

Christine is the exchange student from Germany that stayed with us last year.

Mirrable Schloss in Salzburg

Salzburg's Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau built this palace originally called "Altenau" for his concubine Salome Alt in 1606. It is the main focal point in the city. The palace was situated outside the town walls. After Wolf Dietrich's death, the palace was renamed "Mirrabell". Back to Salome Alt - she was the daughter of a prominent merchant and councillor and bore 15 children to Wolf Dietrich.

People from all over the world pay a lot of money to get married in Schloss Mirabell. The city government also sits in the palace.

Mozart’s Birth House

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg January 27, 1756. He is considered to be one of the best composers of classical music, generally placed in the top rank of composers along with Beethoven and Bach. Many consider Mozart to be the greatest composer of all time. He was a child prodigy who wrote his first symphony at age 8, then grew into a prolific adult who wrote over 600 pieces of music. Among his most famous works are Eine kleine Nachtmusik (A Little Night Music, 1787) and the operas Don Giovanni (1787) and Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute, 1791). Mozart died of a mysterious fever at age 35.

Over the years various people have speculated that Mozart was murdered, perhaps by rival composer Antonio Salieri, but no proof exists to support that theory. Recently a panel of medical experts suggested that Mozart died of rheumatic fever.

Got Lederhosen?

Lederhosen means Leather Pants. I got these from a small shop in downtown Salzburg recommended by Frau Stoble. The owner of the shop made them. I now have a complete authentic Bavarian outfit including the hat, socks and shoes.

Beer Stein

I got this authentic Beer Stein also from a little local shop in down town Salzburg. It will go nicely with my authentic Bavarian outfit.