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5020 Salzburg, Austria
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NileGuide Expert tip:
Getreidegasse is frequently very congested with tourists and shoppers. Visit before 10 a.m. before the crowds begin. It's also lovely at night.
Winding through the core of the Altstadt, Getreidegasse may be the most charming street in Salzburg. The thoroughfare originated in Roman times. And it was here, in No 9, that Mozart was born and lived until he was 17. The buildings that line this long street date from Medieval times. Today they're elaborately decorated with wrought-iron signs, dating from the 16th to the 19th centuries, fashioned according to traditions that go back to the Middle Ages. Its length is punctuated by small lanes that lead to courtyards and platzes in other parts of the city. The shops themselves feature a mixture of luxury jewellery, leather goods and fashion, tracht – traditionally styled clothing – restaurants and cafes, chocolates, wine and spirits, souvenirs, and more. Getreidegasse can be extremely crowded, so it's best to visit early in the day. Or stroll along in the evening when the colorful shop window displays seem to sparkle magically.