Easter is always welcome in Salzburg and celebrated in style
The kids are on holiday, there’s music everywhere and snow still covers the mountaintops. The city comes back to life during this period. Colourful spring fashions compete with large bunches of flowers, and coffee is drunk outside again for the first time in the year. The perfect time for a short holiday in the city of Mozart!
Easter mass in the cathedral quarter
The prince bishops held both secular and ecclesiastical power in Salzburg for 1300 years. The Dom Quartier district of Salzburg houses a number of baroque buildings and valuable treasures from this time. The catholic rulers didn’t only leave an architectural legacy. To this day several of Salzburg’s church-based holidays are prestigious occasions. Attending Easter Sunday mass in the Salzburg ‘Dom’ cathedral is an unforgettable experience.
Experience local customs
Many Easter customs can be traced back to pagan rituals, such as the Easter eggs that can be bought all over Salzburg, whereas the appearance of traditional palm branches is typical for the entire central European Alps. They are made by combining the branches of seven different herbs and consecrated on Palm Sunday. Visitors can learn how to tie their own palm branches at the Salzburger Heimatwerk or at the traditional Easter market in the Salzburg open air ‘Freilichtmuseum’, where guests can watch demonstrations of traditional arts and crafts, then enjoy a visit from the Éaster bunny.
An Easter stroll
Salzburg is a great place for walks. Men of letters such as Georg Trakl and Peter Handke found room for their minds to wander on the many paths around the city. A stroll at Easter – on the city’s hillsides, in the Mirabell gardens, along Hellbrunner Allee or up and down the river Salzach – is particularly pleasurable as Mother Nature awakens after her long winter sleep.
Delicious Easter treats
Enjoy a cappuccino out in the open air, a glass of Prosecco at the ‘Grünmarkt’, a basket full of freshly baked traditional lamb cakes or ‘Osterpinzen’ buns made from yeasty dough. On Maundy Thursday in Salzburg the tradition is to eat ‘green’ food, whereas on Good Friday there is always fish on the menu. The real feasting is indulged in during the Easter weekend when many taverns, inns and restaurants offer numerous traditional seasonal dishes such as wild garlic soup and Easter lamb with spring herbs.