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  • Writer's pictureGeorgios Polychronidis

5 things you probably didn't know about Salzburg

Every city or destination has some stories, customs or things that are not known and you will not find in travel guides. One of these destinations is the city of Salzburg. Below I have 5 things you probably didn't know about it.

5. Salzburg is the city with the most breweries per capita (10 in total)


4. The world-famous Christmas carol "Holy Night" was sung for the first time in Salzburg in 1818.

Info: It has been translated and sung in more than 300 languages and dialects

3. The city holds a profession unique in the world. For more than 350 years, climbers/sweepers have ensured the safety of the city's residents. In 1669, after a rockfall, 230 people lost their lives. Today, twelve climbers/cleaners inspect over 300,000 sq.m. on the Mönchsberg, Kapuzinerberg, Nonnberg, Festungsberg, Rainberg and Hellbrunnerberg hills.

2. There are 13 types of Mozart chocolate balls in Salzburg, and the original ones can be found at the "confiserie Fürst". The reason there are 13 is that the "confiserie Fürst" won the gold medal in 1905 at the Paris exhibition for chocolates, at that time it was not widespread or registered the patent. So due to the high demand there were also copies.

1. A large part of the city's tourism is due to the 1965 Hollywood film "The Melody of Happiness", which was filmed in Salzburg and won 5 Oscars Awards. In Austria, of course, the film was not particularly well received and was only played a few times. For the Austrians the film was too "kitschy", too American and had many historical inaccuracies.


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