- SALZBURG PART 6 -

Theatre,Residenz and Sachertorte

LINKS to pages in the Salzburg site and to the Colin Day Travelling Days series:

1 : Mirabell Gardens and Old Town
2 : Mozart Birthplace
3 : University Church and Cathedral
4 : Funicular and Fortress
5 : Cemetery and St Peter Abbey (Basilica)
6 : Theatre,Residenz and Sachertorte
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"Großes Festspielhaus — In the entrance hall of the Great Festival Hall, built between 1956 and 1960, one can see the marble statues "Theatre" and "Music" by Wander Bertoni. On the wall is the "12 Ton Fries", an installation and homage to Anton von Webern.

"The Great Festival Hall is used only for the Salzburg Festival itself and for the Osterfestspiele, the Easter Festival."

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Prince Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau was a farsighted man. He transformed the city into a masterpiece of Italian Baroque architecture. The Residenz served the secular and spiritual leaders for entertainment purposes.

Today as in earlier years, the state rooms are used by the state government on formal occasions, e.g. for official receptions, Festival receptions and similar high-caliber occasions. They also serve as an ideal setting for concerts.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart played in these rooms regularly. His violin concerto, K. 219 in A minor, was first performed in the Conference Room of the Residenz on December 20, 1775.

The Residenz contains some 180 rooms and three spacious courtyards. The Gallery is part of the large complex (right).

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"Sachertorte is a chocolate cake, invented by Franz Sacher in 1832 for Klemens Wenzel von Metternich in Vienna, Austria. The Original Sachertorte is only made in Vienna and Salzburg, and is shipped from both locations. The only place where one can find the Original Sacher Torte outside of Austria, is in the Sacher shop of Bolzano, Italy.

"The cake consists of two layers of dense, not overly sweet chocolate cake (traditionally a sponge cake) with a thin layer of apricot jam in the middle and dark chocolate icing on the top and sides. It is traditionally served with whipped cream without any sugar in it as most Viennese consider the Sachertorte too "dry" to be eaten on its own."

Other delicious cakes are, however, available at Café Sacher (below right)!!

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From the café across the river from the old town of Salzburg we say 'Farewell' and return to the coach to take us back to Weyregg.

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