Stay 6 : A cultural Journey of Germany to Austria

Stay 6 : A cultural Journey of Germany to Austria.

Occidental Route

Stage 6/35 - 277 kms


0 km Munich

145 kms Salzburg

132 kms Linz

carte Munich a Linz

Munich : An easy and green place city to visit

Voyage Munich Allemagne

Munich Allemagne
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The Isar River crosses the city and it is generally a very green place. The huge English Garden is a park with a recreational lake where one can take the time to enjoy a beer. Munich is southern Germany’s largest city and is about an hour and a half drive from the Alps. Munich is very close to Austria, Switzerland, and after a short trip via Austria, close also to Italy. It is Germany’s high-tech capital with many international companies that choose to set up their European headquarters here. Munich is also an ultra-modern exhibition centre, both a fashion and cinema centre. It has the highest density of publishers than any other place in the world except for New York. However, Munich is a very culturally active city also with its orchestras, operas and theatres.

Salzburg : A Music geniuses city very renowned

Salzbourg Autriche

Salzbourg Autriche
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The city of Salzburg is Austria’s fourth largest city and the capital of the Federal State of Salzburg. Salzburg’s old town with its famous baroque architecture was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997. It is also the birthplace of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The dark lakes, the sunny Alps and imposing alpine peaks are worth the trip in summer as well as in winter. Salzburg is not only known for its old town, but for the rich relics of the European cultural history. This is visible everywhere in the city. Music geniuses like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Michael Haydn, Arturo Toscanini and Herbert Von Karajan influenced the city. The Salzburger Festspiele attracts thousands of visitors every summer.

Salzburg’s historic centre : ecclesiastical city example

Salzburg is an outstanding example of an ecclesiastical city-state, specific to the Germanic Holy Roman Empire. No other example of this kind of political organisation has survived so well, by preserving its urban fabric and its individual buildings. Salzburg is the meeting point of the Italian and German cultures. It played a vital role in the exchanges between these two cultures. As result, a Baroque town has come out intact from history. The centre of Salzburg owes much of its Baroque appearance to the Italian architects Vincenzo Scamozzi and Santino Solari.

The Salzburg skyline, against a background of mountains, is characterized by its abundance of spires and domes, dominated by the fortress of HohenSalzburg.  It houses a number of buildings, both secular and ecclesiastical, ranging from the late Middle Ages to the 20th Century.  There is a clear separation between the lands of the Prince-Archbishops and those of the bourgeoisie. The former is characterized by its colossal buildings - the Cathedral, the Residence, the Franciscan Abbey, St Peter’s Abbey - and its open spaces, particularly the Domplatz.  The houses of the middle-class people, in contrast, are on small plots and the front giving on narrow streets with the only open spaces provided by the three historic markets.

Linz : Surprising football club and cultural city

Linz Autriche

Linz Autriche
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Linz is Austria’s third-largest city. It is located in Austria’s central north, approximately 30 kilometres south of the Czech border, on both sides of the Danube. The main street "Landstraße" leads from the “Blumauerplatz” to “Taubenmarkt”, near the main square. In the middle of the main square the high “Pestsäule” or “plague column”, was built to remember the people who died in the plague epidemics. In fact, the city’s other places of interest include the Roman Catholic St. Mary’s Cathedral or Mariendom with its Gothic-Revival style. The Pöstlingberg-Kirche is a pilgrimage church on the Pöstlingberg hill. Discover also the Brucknerhaus, a concert hall named after the composer Anton Bruckner, who was born in Ansfelden, a small town adjacent to Linz. Also make the most of visiting the Gugl Stadium, which houses the famous LASK, Linzer Athletic Sport Klub, which claims to be Austria’s third oldest football club.

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