Residenzplatz

Residenzplatz (Residence Square) is the largest square in Salzburg and got its name from the buildings on either side of it, the Alte Residenz and the Neue Residenz (Old and New Residences). Both of these buildings now house museums and are well worth a visit.

Fraulein Maria Says

Residenzplatz was the location for the scene when Maria splashes in the fountain during ‘I Have Confidence’.

It was also the location where a large Nazi swastika flag was hung on the outside of the Residenz Museum.

The square was originally laid out in 1587 by Prince Archbishop Wolf-Dietrich von Raitenau, who had about 50 buildings demolished to make room. He was inspired by the large piazzas in Rome and wanted to rid the centre of Salzburg of its narrow winding streets.

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The main feature of the square is the baroque fountain, erected in the mid 1600’s and one of the largest in Europe. The fountain consists of several layers, with 4 horses springing from a rock at the base. The first of two basins is supported by 4 men standing on the rock. 3 dolphins sit here, supporting the second basin in which Triton holds a trumpet made from a conch shell, shooting a jet of water. The fountain is made from the same Untersberg Marble as many of the other monuments and buildings in the city.

The square is often used to host concerts and the Christmas market s held here every year. The square was also the site of the Nazi book burning on 30th April 1938. A small plaque, close to the entrance to St Michael’s church, commemorates the event.

If you see yourself jaunting around Salzburg in a traditional ‘Fiaker’ Carriage, built to ferry the Prince Archbishops around Salzburg, then Residenzplatz is the place to come. You will pay about €80 for a 20 to 25 minute ride around the old town. Carriages carry a maximum of 5 people.

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