5 Things That Will Surprise You About Salzburg
I visited Salzburg, Austria for the first time in September 2019. To say this city is not spoken about enough is a huge understatement - it is hands down the nicest city break I have ever been on!
There is lots going on in Salzburg and it has quite a long history, but, there are a few surprising facts about Salzburg too - which I will share with you in this post.
Let me know in the comments if you already knew these things or if you too are surprised as I was!
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1) Red Bull HQ is based in Salzburg
Who knew? I certainly didn't.
Red Bull, the famous energy drink that divides the nations, is manufactured in sleep Salzburg. Situated in an impressive location towards Salzburg's lake district, Red Bull HQ is home to the largest bronze statue in Europe. That's right - it's a bull. Nine bull's, actually.
2) There Are Many Salt Mines
The name "Salzburg" kind of gives this one away, but, the average traveller (like me) may not know this. There are 7,000 year old salt mines that you can visit in Salzburg, making the average city break far from the reality here. Some of the tours you can take give you the opportunity to enjoy a train ride in traditional miner's dress (optional!) and learn all about the salt trade of this wonderful city.
3) There Are Also Many Lakes
300 in total and 185 safe to bathe in.
Salzburg lake district is one of the most scenic places I have ever visited - for real. Add Salzburg lake district on to your bucket list for sure!
4) Salzburg is one of The Safest Cities to Visit in Europe
Based on fact and opinion.
The facts show that Salzburg has been rated 'low' and 'very low' on the crime rate scale with only drug dealing being the most frequent crime - but on a extremely tiny scale compared to most cities worldwide.
When I visited Salzburg, I felt super safe. Those who know me personally know that I am a very safety-conscious person especially when travelling, and for me to feel safe anywhere outside of my own home is a huge success.
5) Local People Do Not Know The Sound Of Music Story
One of the main reasons tourists visit Salzburg is to take the 'Official Sound Of Music Tour'. In fact, Salzburg brings 10Million visitors a year with the Sound Of Music being the second biggest attraction aside from the City's most famous musician Mozart.
I was really shocked to learn that the residents of Salzburg have no idea whatsoever of what the Sound of Music film is about. They only know of it because of the huge bright red buses signed up with the logo and pictures all around the city. How funny.
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