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This captivating city, which lies nested in the heart of the Austrian mountains, hits all the right notes. It is the birthplace of Mozart and setting for The Sound of Music, after all.

Renowned as a city 'of outstanding value to humanity' Salzburg has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1997, and boasts a personality of like you'll struggle to find anywhere else.

Here there are highlights at every turn. Among them is the Hohensalzburg Fortress, the biggest fully-preserved castle in central Europe, with awesome 360-degree views of the city from a viewing platform in the tower.

The Mirabell Palace and Gardens, which date back to the early 1600s, is a remarkable place to visit in the heart of the city, while Getreidegasse - the enchantingly quaint Old Town - is a must-see, packed full of traditional inns serving food and drinks, top fashion chains, and charming independent stores.

Add to that you've got incredible ski resorts, awesome museums (including Mozart's Birthplace) and lush green spaces – the festival city of Salzburg really is the stuff of fairytales.

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