Alter Markt (Old Market Square), Salzburg

Alter Markt (Old Market Square), Salzburg (must see)

The small and cozy square called Alter Markt is one of Salzburg’s most important locations. It is the site of weekly markets from the 13th century and was also used for events and celebrations.

The Alter Markt was the third market established in Salzburg in the 13th century; as such, it’s the oldest weekly market in the city. Besides serving as a marketplace, the square was used for celebrations like the Whitsun festival and dances, the Sword Dance by the Durrnberg Miners and the annual barefoot dance by the bakers. It was also the site of the lent market until 1889. The name of the square was changed to Ludwig Victor Square between 1873 and 1927 when Archduke Ludwig Victor the youngest brother of Emperor Franz Josef I of Austria took up residence in Salzburg.

The Alter Markt remains a shopping area until today. The St. Florian Fountain is located in the center with the statue of St. Florian von Lorch at the top of its column. The square is flanked by a row of baroque burgher houses, the old market house, the old court pharmacy, the oldest coffee house in Salzburg, the café Tomaselli and the smallest house in the city at No 10 A, Alter Markt.

Why You Should Visit:
It's a fun way to get rid of a few Euros.

Tip:
Skip the restaurant and have something from one of the many vendors.
You can try delicious local as well as all other types of (inexpensive) food here.

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Alter Markt (Old Market Square) on Map

Sight Name: Alter Markt (Old Market Square)
Sight Location: Salzburg, Austria
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Salzburg, Austria

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Create Your Own Walk in Salzburg

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