This man was chatting to himself in the Mirabell Gardens on Saturday and in the Residenzplatz on Sunday.
The Marble Hall in the Mirabell Palace is used for concerts and civil wedding ceremonies. Although a devastating fire in 1818 destroyed it ceiling fresco, the statues and masonry in the hall survived.
Marvin Hamlisch, the composer of A Chorus Line and “The Way We Were,” owes some of his musical genetics to this humble instrument. His Viennese-born father was a professional accordion player in the “Golden Age of the Accordion” during the first half of the 20th century. Listen for Viennese strains in the soundtrack to Sophie’s Choice.
You’ll find carriages for hire in Residenzplatz, right next to the Dom. As true Salzburg residents, horses have learned to ignore the earth-shaking sound of the cathedral bells and the caroling Glockenspiel.
They also have official working hours. In winter, horses and drivers work 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; in summer, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Salzburg’s carriage trade has found an innovative way to keep the streets clean.