Salzburg or the Salt Fortress, if you take it literally, is a border city between Austria and Germany. Today it is best known as the home of the famous film the Sound of Music, but it is also the birthplace of Mozart. The city lies on the Salzach river (once again a reference to the importance of the salt trade) and has a towering castle above the city. Baroque towers rise like the peaks scattered around the city, while locals slowly move about in contrast to the bustle of nearby Munich and Vienna.
For the Sound of Music fan, near the castle is the famous Nonnberg Abbey where Sound of Music was filmed and the actual home of the real Maria von Trapp. Below are the Mirabell Gardens where many of the garden scenes were filmed. What is more enchanting are the numerous alleys and stone streets that really give character to Salzburg. Besides such, Salzburg is a city worth exploring on foot. Plus across the border is Freilassing, which is a great stop to find a cheap car rental when continuing into Germany.