Did you know about these Fun Facts about Salzburg?
Picturesque Austrian city Salzburg is surrounded by the views of the Eastern Alps and divided by the Salzach River. It is famous for the old town with its medieval and baroque buildings which are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of the most famous musicians in the world!
#1 Red Bull is from Salzburg
Yes, the world-famous energy drink Red Bull was created in 1987 by Austrian entrepreneur Dietrich Mateschitz in Salzburg! The mixture was “inspired” by the original Thai Energy Drink Krating Daeng. Just outside of Salzburg, along the highway in Fuschl am See, you can spot the modern, eccentric Red Bull Headquarters building.
#2 Salt city
Salzburg got his name because of the salt mines around the city. In past, Salzburg lived at the expense of salt extraction. In German “Salz” means “salt” and “Burg” castle.
#3Austrians are not the biggest fans of the “Sound of Music” movie
Sound of Music, a five-time Oscar-winning musical film, which was filmed in Salzburg and its surrounding, received bad reviews in German-speaking countries, low viewer numbers and was generally a failure. Maybe it was too staged and too kitschy for Austrians? Nevertheless, Mirabell Gardens is one of the most famous spots, it was the filming location of the famous “Do Re Mi” song!
#4 Europe’s oldest restaurant is in Salzburg
Europe’s oldest restaurant, St. Peter Stiftskeller was founded in 803 CE. It’s still up and running, located inside St. Peter’s Abbey. They have been serving Austrian cuisine for over 1,200 years. Visitors favorite dish is Tafelspitz, boiled beef with minced apple and horseradish.
#5 Salzburg’s Mountain Cleaners
The most unique profession in the world! For more than 350 years, a professional group of mountain cleaners is ensuring the safety of the inhabitants and visitors of Salzburg. Twelve mountain cleaners inspect over 300.000 m² at Mönchsberg, Kapuzinerberg, Nonnberg, Festungsberg, Rainberg and Hellbrunnerberg to ensure that loose rocks are no danger to anyone.
#6 Silent Night, Holy Night was written in Salzburg
The most famous Christmas song was written in 1816 by Joseph Mohr from Salzburg. It is translated into 320 languages and dialects.