Salzburg - Mediaeval might and Baroque splendour

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21 Oct 2018 - 25 Oct 2018
Duration: 4 nights
Ref: 18SALZ
With: Dr Ulrike Ziegler


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Unscathed by the ravages of the Thirty Years’ War, Salzburg was unique in retaining the ability to evolve into a magnificent gem of early Baroque art and architecture, unrivalled anywhere north of the Alps. Founded by the Romans, the settlement had already become an archiepiscopal seat by the end of the 8th century. The city’s economic rise due to the highly profitable salt production was soon followed by the political ascent of Salzburg’s archbishops to the rank of prince-archbishops, whose aspirations manifested themselves in ambitious and pretentious artistic endeavours.

Enhanced by its geographical position between the northern spheres of the Holy Roman Empire and the transalpine world of Italy in the south, Salzburg formed a pulsating hubof creativity, absorbing cultural trends and fashions from far and wide. The exciting contrast between the ambience of a northern European mediaeval city with its narrow and winding streets that suddenly open up to splendid Italianate squares with majestic Baroque facades unexpectedly rising before the eye, accounts for Salzburg’s enthralling flair. The city with its cathedral, consecrated 1628, and Fischer von Erlach’s early masterpieces, boasts captivating examples of the rather classicising early Baroque architecture dominated by sumptuous white stucco work and delicately coloured inserts of painting. Exciting examples of Salzburg’s medieval history such as the archiepiscopal fortress and the ancient abbey of St Peter, founded in the 7th century, manifest the artistic might of Salzburg before its rise to Baroque glory.


Dr Ulrike Ziegler studied art history and archaeology at the University of Regensburg and King’s College Aberdeen specialising in medieval art and architecture. Her PhD focused on art exhibitions and cultural politics of post-war Germany. She has taught at university and is now lecturing for various cultural institutions. She has organised and led many study trips in Germany and Austria. In addition to tour lecturing, Ulrike is developing Art Pursuit Abroad’s German programme.

DAY 1:

Morning flight with BA from London Heathrow to Munich. En route we stop at Kloster Seeon for a late lunch. Situated on the picturesque shores of a small prealpine lake its abbey church boasts rare fresco decorations of 1579 covering the whole interior. Continue to Salzburg and our 4-star hotel.

DAY 2:

A day in Salzburg on foot. Our morning walk will start with a stroll through the formal gardens of Schloss Mirabell and through the charming main street, the Getreidegasse with the world-famous Mozarthaus, the mansion where the composer was born. Perched majestically above the city on the Mönchsberg is the Hohensalzburg fortress with outstanding archiepiscopal staterooms dating from the 15th century. In the afternoon we will study Salzburg’s early history with two private visits: first to the archaeological excavations underneath the cathedral, and then to a private view of books in the library of the ancient archabbey of St Peter. Crossing back to the other side of the city, our first explorations of Salzburg’s outstanding examples of Baroque architecture begin with with Fischer von Erlach’s earliest masterpieces, the Collegiate Church and the Church of the Holy Trinity.

DAY 3:

Half-day coach excursion to the scenic Salzkammergut, Austria’s lake district. We will take the boat from St Gilgen across the Wolfgangsee to the charming town of St Wolfgang, famous for the Gothic St Wolfgang Altarpiece by Michael Pacher. After an included lunch we return to Salzburg for some free time.

DAY 4:

A second day in Salzburg on foot. Ever since the opening of the new Dom Quartier Museum in 2014 (the museum of the cathedral precinct), visitors have been able to discover the city’s outstanding and opulent ecclesiastical complex in a unique way. The new circuit through this truly magnificent Baroque jewel allows visitors to walk from the state rooms of the archiepiscopal residence, around the cathedral square atop the cathedral archways and onto the cathedral’s grand organ gallery. Without ever leaving the building, the circuit also takes in the Cathedral Museum with treasures including a late Carolingian processional cross, the Residence Gallery with exquisite works of 17th and 18th century Italian, French, Dutch and Austrian masters and to the museum of the Archabbey of St Peter. Afterwards, we visit the Cemetery of St Sebastian where the enigmatic burial chapel of Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau (1559-1617), uniquely decorated with seemingly Islamic glazed tiles combined with stucco and painting, will be specially opened for us.

DAY 5:

By coach to Hellbrunn, where Archbishop Markus Sittikus had a pleasure palace created in 1613. After a visit to the palace with its frescoed festive hall and museum, we will enjoy a stroll through the extensive gardens, celebrated for their water features which include some fabulously inventive trick fountains.After lunch in Hellbrunn we continue to Munich airport for a late afternoon flight to London, scheduled to land at Heathrow at c. 5.30 pm.

Please note that at this stage the programme is still provisional. Although we aim at the greatest degree of accuracy from the outset, some details, especially the order of visits, may be subject to change.


Specific fitness requirements for this Study Tour:

This tour involves a fair amount of walking on level ground and well-paved streets. Museum and site visits require prolonged periods of standing without the possibility of a rest.

Please note that all our Study Tours involve a significant amount of standing and walking, often across uneven ground, over cobbled streets, or up and down steps and inclines. While we do not have an upper age limit for participants, we require you to have a level of fitness which does not spoil other participents' enjoyment of the holiday and you should be able to walk at a reasonable pace and / or stand for at least thirty minutes without aid or requiring a rest.

If you are in any doubt as to whether a particular tour is suitable for you, please ring us to check before placing your booking.


Twin/double share: £1890 per person
Double room for sole use supplement: £260
Single room supplement: £200
Price of the tour without flights: £1750 per person
Deposit: £200 per person


  • Scheduled return flights (Economy class) with British Airways between London Heathrow and Munich
  • Transfers and excursions in Austria by private coach
  • Four nights B&B in the four-star Hotel Villa Auersperg
  • Two dinners and one lunch
  • Guided visits to monuments and museums listed in the programme
  • Services of the lecturer and a tour manager
  • Detailed programme and study notes
  • All entrance fees, taxes, and gratuities for coach drivers and waiters
  • Small group between 12 and 22 participants


  • Two dinners and four lunches
  • Transport between home and London Heathrow
  • Travel insurance. We strongly advise you to be covered by adequate travel insurance

Hotel Villa Auersperg****

A quiet hideaway in the middle of the city. Originally constructed in 1900 the hotel has been family run for 3 generations. Each of its rooms are individually decorated and range from classic to modern design, each with attention to creative detail.


  • HD LCD Television
  • Music System
  • Nespresso Coffee Machine
  • Kettle and tea making facilities
  • Telephone
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Free Wifi


The beautiful garden is a fantastic getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city, on the roof is a small City SPA with sauna, steam room and a sun terrace. Yoga classes and massages are offered too! And an evening drink can be taken in the hotel’s bar.