Thanks to the pedestrian-only alleys and parks, the old city is a remarkably kid-friendly place. Salzburg also hosts a number of children’s events throughout the year.
Commissioned by Archbishop Guidobald Thun and executed by Tomasso di Garona between 1656 to 1661, the Residenzbrunnen is largest Baroque fountain of its kind outside of Italy. It sits in the middle of the Residenzplatz all on its lonesome.
Sound of Music fans will recognize this magnificent marble fountain from I Have Confidence. You’ll see Maria splashing water into one of the horse’s faces just before she boards the bus towards the Von Trapp mansion.
Movie Bonus: I Have Confidence was created especially for the film – just like Something Good. For extra credit, try to spot the real Maria Von Trapp in the background when Julie Andrews walks through the archway of the Dom. She is the older of two women in traditional Austrian dress.
Located in the heart of the old city, Salzburg’s Residenzplatz is the place to be on a sunny evening – if only for the people watching. It’s bounded on all sides by famous buildings such as the Dom (“Cathedral”), Michaelskirche, the Glockenspiel, and Salzburg’s Residenz palace (a.k.a the Alte Residenz or “Old Residence”). The Residenzplatz also holds the Residenzbrunnen, the largest Baroque fountain of its kind outside of Italy.
It should surprise no one who has been in Salzburg for more than a day that the Residenzplatz is the brainchild of Prince Archishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau. To make room for his grand vision, he bowled 55 existing burgher’s houses in 1587, just before he began eyeing up the aging cathedral for a resurrection. Archaeologists have found a late 16th century cemetery lurking under the square.