5 reasons to live and work in Salzburg

1. Culture concentration

Salzburg is a stronghold of cultural activities across all kinds and genres. On countless stages from the festival house to the Kleines Theater (literally: Small theatre) you can watch all kinds of performing arts from high culture to cabaret. The fine arts of all epochs are accommodated in renowned museums as well as small-scale galleries. Seasonal festivals, such as the (in)famous Salzburg Festival, but also Jazz in the City or the circus festival Winterfest attract the crème de la crème of the international cultural scene to the city.

Insider tip: If you would like to have a secret look at or an autograph by international icons such as Anna Netrebko, you should linger around the restaurant Triangel during the Salzburg Festival season.

2. Mountains, lakes and more

Hiking, trekking, jogging, mountain biking, paragliding, skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoe hiking, bouldering, climbing, sailing, swimming, diving, fishing…there is no kind of outdoor sports that you cannot practice in the immediate surroundings of Salzburg – no matter what season and no matter what level of training.

But even if you prefer to relax in your leisure time, you will love Salzburg, for instance, while sunbathing at the river banks or during a delicious and romantic dinner at one of the lake shores.

Insider tip: There is hardly anything more romantic than a walk on one of the city hills. For the Mönchsberg (monk mountain), the Festungsberg (fortress mountain) and Kapuzinerberg (capuchin mountain) you do not need alpine climbing skills and the city panorama is merely breath-taking – especially at nightfall, when the sinking sun paints the baroque city centre red and gold.

3. In the middle of everything

If Salzburg is not diversified enough for you (unlikely) or if you have ants in the pants (more likely), you are lucky: No matter where you want to go, you will be there in no-time. Thanks to two motorways and excellent train connections, you are quickly in Munich, Vienna or Innsbruck. Holiday destinations are only a few hours away, thanks to the city airport. But why leave at all, if you have a sheer holiday paradise at your doorstep? The only thing missing is the sea, but let’s be honest: Everybody prefers freshwater over saltwater, anyways. And with countless lakes, the Salzburg regions offers loads of freshwater.

Insider tip: Only a stone’s throw away from the city, there is a small village called Elsbethen, where the fairy-tale like Glasenbachklamm ravine starts. You can hike the ravine even without an athletic condition and/or with smaller children. Ambitioned athletes complete the hike as far up the mountain as the Fageralm restaurant, where they will be rewarded with a breath-taking view and a hearty meal.

4. Culinary treats

Whoever cannot be excited by sports or culture, will start loving Salzburg because of its manifold culinary highlights (and curiosities) – after all, Salzburg is more than Mozart pralines and Sacher chocolate cake. Hearty comfort food such as Schnitzel and cheese noodles can be found everywhere. However, Salzburg also offers a wide variety of international restaurants. Here, you do not need 80 days to travel the world, since excellent sushi, Brazilian churrasco and Indian curry are only a few steps apart. Whoever has still higher demands will find around 80 Michelin- and Gault&Millau-awarded restaurants in the region.

Insider tip: Salzburg’s fast food #1 is called Bosna, a curry-seasoned kind of hotdog with onions and mustard. The most famous (and allegedly oldest) Bosna is served in the Getreidegasse – but comes with long queues, as every travel guide states this “insider” tip, as well. A quicker way to a better version of the Bosna is served at Sailer’s Grill in the Franz-Josef-Straße. Bonus tip: Order it with bacon and cheese!

5. Baroque, bits and bytes

Having a look at the historical city centre (or any postcard) of Salzburg, one could think that time stands still in this city. In the city centre, horse carriages pass historic churches and buildings. Due to the city hills and loads of protected green areas, the growth of the city has come to a halt. However, this does not mean that Salzburg stands still! Thanks to the vicinity to the German border and as a gate to Southern and Eastern Europe, Salzburg is a popular location of international companies – not only for the leader of the retail IT industry.

Insider tip: From our own experience we can assure you: The best employer for IT specialists is, of course, SPAR ICS. Here you can find our open positions – in Salzburg and at our other locations.

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