Salzburg Photos: Old Town (Altstadt)
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Dreaming spires - this image was first used for a university town in England. In
the case of Salzburg, the phrase is commonly used by the local tourism mafia.
The spires you see here are (from left to right) the dome of the
cathedral, the left tower of the same building, the church of the nunnery
Nonnberg (red top), the dome of the Kollegienkirche or Collegiate Church
dark dome in the forground) and finally the right tower of the cathedral.
Missing from the picture are the towers of St. Peter
and the Franziskanerkirche,
which would be just right of the picture (coming two photos from this one).
Speaking of tourism mafia: Do you happen to know the famous quote from Alexander
von Humboldt? Is is "Salzburg, Naples and Constantinopel are the three most
beautiful cities I have seen." This picture was taken from the Humboldt
Plattform, a look-out at the Mönchsberg, where you can find this quote engraved
in a marble plate. A few years ago, a historian tried to find the original
source - but all he found was a late 19th century travel guide that talked about
it. As of today, this is the oldest reference to the quote that was found and it
is now considered likely that the ancestors of today's Travel-Sopranos made it
up to promote Salzburg.
photo (c) visit-salzburg.net