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Salzburg , Austria
As the home of Mozart and the celebrated Salzburg Festival, as well as the setting for "The Sound of Music" in 1964, Salzburg is known worldwide as a musical city. A favorite activity is The Sound of Music Tour, which takes tourists to such landmarks as the Nonnberg Convent, the Residenzplatz and the Mirabell Palace Gardens. Other popular sites include Mozartplatz, a central square featuring a statue of the composer; and Mozart's Gerburthaus, his famous birthplace.
Salzburg is the fourth-largest city in Austria and the capital of the federal state of Salzburg. Salzburg's "Old Town" with its world famous aroque architecture is one of the best-preserved
city centres in the German-speaking world, and was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. The city is noted for its Alpine settings.
Salzburg is also a student city, with three universities.
Historically Salzburg is one of Austria’s youngest Länder and is located at a “crossroads” between east and west, north and south. All interior transport routes towards the two western Länder (Tyrol and Vorarlberg)lead through Salzburg. This gives more importance to the Land than its physical land area within Austria (7,154.2 square kilometres, only 8.5 per cent
of the country) and population figures (2003: approx. 522,500; 6.4 per cent)would normally indicate. Despite its small dimensions, Salzburg offers a multiplicity of character and a great variety of landscapes.
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