Storybook Austria-Home to Mozart & The Sound of Music

For today's sketching voyage, let us immerse ourselves in the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, follow in the footsteps of the Von Trapps, and explore the castles, fortresses, cathedrals, opera houses and the splendid gardens of Salzburg, known for its world-renowned baroque architecture and one of the world's most famous composers.

Sketch worthy Salzburg, a story-book town, burrowed below steep hills looks much as it did when Mozart lived here 250 years ago. Beside the fast-flowing Salzach River, your gaze is raised inch by inch to graceful domes and spires, the formidable cliff top fortress and the mountains beyond. The richly preserved urban fabric, developed over hundreds of years from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. Its flamboyant Gothic art attracted craftsmen and artists before the city became even better known through the work of the Italian architects: Vincenzo Scamozzi and Santinin Solari, to the center of Salzburg owes-its Baroque appearance.

Furthermore, let us explore the lavishly frescoed chandelier-lit palace, a fortress with a million dollar view and a town which was the backdrop for The Sound of Music. This is where Maria (Julie Andrews) waltzed on her way to mass at Benedictine Nonnberg Abbey, belted out "I Have Confidence" as she frolicked in the fountain on Residenzplatz, and taught the von Trapp kids to tunefully sing "Do-Re-Mi" in the gardens of Mirabell Gardens.

Salzburg will surprise you with a flourishing arts scene, gourmet food, Salzburg’s festival, gardens, quiet side streets where classical music wafts from open windows, and concert halls that uphold musical tradition 365 days a year. Everywhere you go, the scenery, the skyline, the music and the history send your spirits soaring higher than Julie Andrews' octave-leaping vocals.

Alps soaring above its dome-encrusted baroque skyline and cliffs dropping to the river like a theatre curtain, Salzburg envelopes you with an intriguing atmosphere that welcomes you to explore the this glorious UNESCO World Heritage site. Let’s meet the artists and their creations which transformed this sparkling gem called Salzburg.

(video)  SALZBURG, Austria
(background)  SALZBURG


All Virtual New York Urban Sketchers events are one session (10 am -12 pm EST) held on Saturdays. For participants wanting to challenge themselves sketching more of a particular locality or theme, you are welcome to do the EXTENSION SKETCH PROJECT below:

Salzburg Extension Sketch Project:
Choose of the following prompt to sketch:*Please post your finished sketches
to the USK NYC Facebook Site
Be sure to add the hashtag #NUS.

Facilitators of Virtual NYC Urban Sketchers
  • Theresa Smith
  • Lynda Greeley (Mama Bear)
  • Cecilia Evasco (Maricel)
  • Dina Schlesinger
  • Michael Skelly
  • Alan Wernicke
  • Elizabeth Birkby
with the assistance of Mark Leibowitz
founder of USK NYC.

Web site design by Cecilia Evasco
for Virtual NYC Urban Sketchers
under the auspices of USK NYC
Scheduled for December 4, 2021

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