The Getreidegasse is the most famous lane of Salzburg. The alley is known for a plethora of wrought iron guild signs, worth a look. Even an American fast-food chain uses a classic house sign above its entrance. [German]
You find this sundial in a courtyard of St. Peter’s Archabbey (Erzabtei St. Peter) in Salzburg. The two crossed keys represent the abbey’s coat of arms. The aged man is Saint Benedict. With the rule book and a raven, you see two attributes of him. [German]
You find this sator square on a facade in Golling an der Salzach. The sator square, aka rotas square, is a palindrome that one can read horizontally and vertically, forward and backwards. The oldest representation of a sator square was found in Pompeii. [German]
The Mozartsteg in Salzburg is a footbridge named after Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The Art Nouveau-style bridge saw its completion in 1903. At that time, pedestrians had to pay a toll for using this privately owned construction.
Mirabell Palace (Schloss Mirabell) is known for its marble hall as a wedding location. Besides that, its garden offers a magnificent view of the Hohensalzburg Fortress and surprises with several magical sculptures.
I came across these two struggling oryxes while walking through the Salzburg Zoo. I loved the symmetry of their horns in the depicted situation. You find the Salzburg Zoo next to a big rock. That way, guests see the animals in a rugged setting.
Salzburg is a very traditional city. Nevertheless, you see a lot of contemporary art in the streets. E.g. the “Gurken” (Gherkins) created by the Austrian artist Erwin Wurm. I like this piece of public art as the pickles seem to have some personality.
On a sunny summer day, I took this exceptional funicular to the hydroelectric plant at the Wasserfallboden. It is generally known as Lärchwand Lift. The inclined lift with an 8.2-metre track width transports large groups of people up the powerful sights.
Guests of Salzburg know this view well: A castle-like tower high over the city, adjacent to a white building with a set of sunshades in front of it. We speak about a former water tower and the Museum der Moderne Salzburg.
The Wild Man Fountain (Wilder-Mann-Brunnen) has existed since the beginning of the 17th century. Its water basins kept the fish fresh on the fish markets. Today, the fountain stands on the Max Reinhardt Square opposite the Grand Festival Hall. [German]
This water basin for washing horses (Pferdeschwemme) stands next to Sigmund’s Gate (Sigmundstor). The basin, generally known as Hofmarstallschwemme, was designed and built in 1693 by Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach.
Finstergrün Castle rises high over Ramingstein. This is a place in Lungau, a region in the Austrian state of Salzburg. The first mention of the castle was in the 12th century. Today, it houses a youth hostel. [German]