Linzer Gasse & Platzl
Linzer Gasse is a street on the right side of the city, running parallel to the Kapuzinerberg and beginning at a small square known as the “Platzl”. It is the main artery of the old city on the right bank of the Salzach.
Highlights of the Linzer Gasse
In recent years, the Linzer Gasse has developed into a highly popular Shopping street. Today, you will find here numerous shops and coffeehouses. Especially well worth a visit is St. Sebastian’s Church, as is the beautiful, though steep, path leading up the Kapuzinerberg, punctuated by chapels of the Passion along the way.
The history of the Linzergasse
The ancient Linzer Gasse is watched over by one of Salzburg’s city mountains, the Kapuzinerberg, and begins at the “Platzl” across from the Staatsbrücke bridge. Heading away from the city center, it ends at the intersection with Schallmooser Hauptstrasse, where the so-called Linzer Tor gate stood until 1894. The Linzer Gasse has lost none of its bustling character over the centuries. In fact, since Roman times this 500-meters-long street has served as a main thoroughfare for parts of the city to the right of the River Salzach, and as an exit used by travelers from Salzburg who were heading towards Linz, Vienna and the northeastern domains of the Habsburg empire.
Many a beautiful old house along this street can trace its history back to the 14th and 15th centuries, living testimony to the industriousness of the people who have occupied the buildings over the years. With its shops and craftsmen, numerous eateries and lodging establishments, the Linzer Gasse has always been one of the focal points of Salzburg’s historic district.
Coming from the "Platzl" next to the Staatsbrücke, you will doubtlessly catch sight of house No. 3, which happens to be where the great physician and scientist Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim, better known as Paracelsus, lived from 1540 to 1541. Substantial segments of the city walls also survive, dating back to the Thirty Years War and impressive evidence of the excellent defenses the prince-archbishops had erected during those violent times!
St. Sebastian’s Cemetery
Just a few steps farther along the street and you will come to St. Sebastian’s Church, and to the very atmospheric cemetery which lies behind it. This overgrown, historic cemetery was commissioned in around the year 1600 by Prince-Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau, designed in the style of an Italian "Campo Santo". Despite hectic times, past and present, it has forfeited none of its centuries-old dignity or its silent beauty.