Status: 02.10.2023, 04:46 a.m.
By: Julian Mayr
The province of Salzburg has some curious peculiarities in store. Of beautiful sounds, expensive fish eggs and the secret of the original Mozartkugeln.
Salzburg is a true stronghold of tourism and attracts millions of guests every year. This is hardly surprising when you look at the capital of the same name or the picturesque mountain scenery. The local Salzburg cuisine also offers some delicacies, as Salzburger Nockerl or Mozartkugeln prove. And last but not least, it can also be used well in Salzburg, as these 15 swear words prove. But Salzburg also has unknown sides that not everyone has insight into. Here are six curious facts you didn't know.
1. Oldest restaurant in Central Europe
The Austrian capital Vienna is home to the Figlmüller, the most legendary restaurant in the world. But while the cult restaurant, known for its Wiener Schnitzel, has been welcoming guests since the beginning of the 20th century, Salzburg can boast of the oldest restaurant in Central Europe. The St. Peter Stiftskulinarium in Salzburg's old town was first mentioned in a document in 803 and still serves gourmets from all over the world today.
2. Useless plebiscite
About 17 years before Nazi Germany was to annex all of Austria in 1938, the province of Salzburg was already ready to make the leap to become a large neighboring country. In May 1921, in the course of an unofficial plebiscite, more than 99 percent of those surveyed spoke out in favour of annexing Salzburg, which had been relatively independent for many years, to the German Reich. But similar to previous votes in Tyrol and Vorarlberg, Salzburg's emigration efforts were ultimately unsuccessful.
3. "Silent Night, Holy Night" from the pen of a Salzburger
One of the greatest composers of classical music was a native of Salzburg. But it was not only Salzburg music by the great Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart that became known all over the world, but also the Christmas carol of another Salzburger. In 1816, Joseph Mohr wrote the text for the famous "Silent Night, Holy Night", which he premiered a little later with the Upper Austrian composer Franz Xaver Gruber in what is now Oberndorf.
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4. Austria's largest beer restaurant
In Salzburg's Mülln district, beer lovers get their money's worth. On more than 6400 square meters in Austria's largest beer restaurant, the Augustiner Brauhäusl, you can get beer from the wooden barrel as well as all kinds of Salzburg delicacies. If that's not enough for you, you can also stagger to one of the other 18 breweries or 14 home breweries in the province of Salzburg.
5. One of the most expensive foods in the world
As many know, saffron is the most expensive spice in the world. But when it comes to the high price per kilo, hardly any other food can compete with the Stottarga bianco from fish producer Walter Grüll from Grödig. This dehydrated luxury variation of the rare white caviar is mixed with 22-carat gold and sold to the super-rich at a price of 100,000 euros per kilogram.
6. Mozartkugeln only real with navel
Let's stick to food. Rather affordable than the refined caviar are the equally fine Mozartkugeln. The sweet temptations of dark chocolate, pistachios, nougat and marzipan are no longer only available in Salzburg. In Vienna, Tyrol and around the globe, more or less authentic Mozartkugeln are also sold. You can recognize the original Mozartkugeln by the fact that they are not completely round, but have a small navel. This is due to the traditional production with a wooden stick, which is used to dip the balls into the dark chocolate.
Do you know what makes the original Salzburg Mozartkugeln? © westend61/HR Schulz/Imago
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