Things to Do, Travel Tips — By Lorraine Seal on May 25, 2011 at 12:18 pm

The centre of Salzburg is rich with spacious and elegant squares fronted by lovely Baroque facades. Colourful and filled with photo opportunities, they can also be filled with tourists at times. So it’s nice to know there are pockets of relative tranquillity where one can seek quieter moments.

One of the best kept secrets in Salzburg is quaint Papagenoplatz, just a few steps from bustling Mozartplatz. Tucked in between government offices and the University of Salzburg’s humanities faculty, this handkerchief-sized square is nearly hidden in winding medieval streets. Sitting is its centre is a bronze fountain featuring a statue of Papageno, the bird catcher sprite from Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Erected in 1960, the statue is by artist Hilde Heger.

Statue of PapagenoPhoto by Lorraine Seal

Surrounding the square are beer gardens and casual restaurants frequented by students and government workers. With tables spilling out onto the pavement and relaxed, casual atmosphere, these pubs offer a good place to take a break and enjoy the Salzburger life.

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