It's the birthplace of Mozart and Haydn but many of us first fell in love with it thanks to The Sound Of Music. Spanning the Salzach River and surrounded be Alpine meadows, Salzburg is one of the best-preserved historic cities in Europe, and you'll see elegant examples of Gothic and Baroque architecture as you stroll along its streets. It's all watched over by the sprawling Hohensalzburg fortress, where you can easily spend a whole day exploring and the picture-postcard Christmas markets are filled with the sights and scents of the festive season. You'll find myriad religious buildings in the city, with the Benedictine Abbey of St Peter, St Peter's Church and Salzburg Cathedral being three you can't afford to miss. There are beautiful gardens everywhere and those in the Mirabellplatz are the perfect place to take a stroll before you go out to dine and visit one of the city's celebrated theatres or lively bars.